DENVER (AP) â Colorado veterans will get a stand-alone VA hospital in the Denver suburb of Aurora to replace a 59-year-old facility.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki announced the plan on Wednesday.

The hospital will be built on the University of Colorado medical campus. Officials had also considered putting the hospital inside a university hospital building.

Shinseki says the new VA hospital will have a spinal cord injury center.

He says the VA will also build health care centers in Colorado Springs and Billings, Mont.

Shinseki says the Colorado facilities will mean that 92 percent of the veterans in the state will be within one hour of a primary-care facility.

I read a book by Frederick Downs about the old VA hospital in Aurora back in the 1960s for Vietnam Veterans.It is very tragic.The veterans need the best medical facilities for their sacrifices.I studied public health for a 2nd master’s degree.My main topic was Agent Orange and the epidemiologic effects of the geographic distribution.I used advanced GIS software.


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