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Local, county, state collaboration urged in fixing recently revealed Springs VA Clinic issues

      
A Mountain Metro bus stop was placed in front of the Lindstrom VA Clinic when it opened in August 2014.
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A recently released VA inspector general's report found 68 percent of 450 veteran cases reviewed at Colorado Springs' Floyd K. Lindstrom Veterans Administration Clinic resulted in care delays of more than 30 days.
       The report further says VA employees falsified documents to create the appearance that patients received timely service, and at least one veteran died while awaiting care for a treatable condition.
       These facts have triggered an announcement from El Paso County Commissioner and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Peggy Littleton that she is “coordinating an effort to use all appropriate local, county and state resources” to devise a “strategy for ensuring solutions,” a county press release states.
       Speaking at a commissioner meeting, Littleton said this approach is necessary because she has “no trust our federal government will resolve this in a manner worthy of the veterans who have served this country,” the release continues. She called on county health officials, veterans service professionals, Colorado's congressional delegation and Gov. John Hickenlooper to join the effort, the release adds.
       Offering his support was Jay Bowen, senior vice commander of the American Legion Department of Colorado. “I look forward to helping in any way I can,” the press release quotes him as saying.
       In addition, in an e-mail to his constituents Feb. 10, area Congressman Doug Lamborn pledged, "We will hold hearings on this matter and I will personally bring this to the attention of the House and Senate VA Committee chairmen and the VA secretary. It is morally imperative that President Obama reins in his out-of-control VA Department; they are failing too many of our veterans."
       A $10 million project built between 2012 and 2014, the 76,731-square-foot, three-story clinic is at 3141 Centennial Blvd. Local officials lauded the facility when it opened, saying it would greatly expand veterans' health services, which previously had been handled at two smaller local clinics.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 2/9/16, updated 2/10/16; Community: (Ongoing Issues)

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