“A retirement should never have meant the dissolution of this important position which helps veterans across the state and throughout the region. Veterans need a full time ‘go to’ person for all of their benefit questions and needs,” said Enzi. “I am pleased the input from veterans groups, delegation offices and the general public was heard and a change is being made.”
On Oct. 23 Enzi sent a letter to the Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs seeking the reinstatement of the full time position.
Oct. 23, 2007
Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Dear Mr. Mansfield:
I write to share the concerns of
My staff was informed by Ms. Janice Jacobs, Director of the Denver Regional Office, that the decision has been made to permanently eliminate this position. This decision is unacceptable.
The veterans of
My constituents, our nation’s veterans, seek assistance with their benefits when they need help, and they deserve prompt attention from the VA. While a phone line has been provided in
Additionally, the Sheridan VAMC is the veterans psychiatric hospital for the region. Veterans with psychiatric problems may not be physically or mentally able to get the assistance they need through the internet or a phone line. At a time when Congress and the Administration are making efforts to diminish the stigma for veterans seeking psychiatric help, not having a Veterans Benefits Representative at the regional psychiatric center sends the wrong message.
I understand the commanders of
Thank you for your consideration of this matter. I look forward to hearing from you and wish you the best during your service as Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.