Gardner Attends Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans Affairs Medical Center Ribbon Cutting

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) spoke today at the ribbon cutting of the new Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Aurora. Senator Gardner has worked with his colleagues across the aisle along with veterans and leadership organizations for many years to make sure this facility for Colorado’s veterans finally opened.

“Congratulations to the many veterans who fought for this day, as we celebrate what will be the crown jewel of the VA system,” Gardner said. “The opening of this facility is long overdue, but this medical center is essential in making sure that Colorado’s finest have access to the best medical care possible. We are forever grateful to our men and women in uniform and I will stop at nothing to make sure they are given the care and treatment they deserve. I will continue to do everything in my power to make sure that crucial veterans’ projects like these are never mismanaged again.”

While this weekend is a celebration for the medical center in Aurora, Senator Gardner met with the VA Secretary nominee Robert Wilkie earlier this week and emphasized the work that still needs to be done, such as filling open positions and finding qualified personnel to staff hospitals. The long wait times and staffing shortages that occur at many VA hospitals as a result of the lack of staff and lengthy hiring process remains an issue at the VA. In order to help address this, Senator Gardner introduced the Veterans Improved Access and Care Act of 2017. This legislation would require the Secretary of the VA to submit a report detailing a strategy to reduce its lengthy hiring process, and also require the VA to establish a pilot program to accelerate the hiring of medical professionals.