Salazars coming to Craig today


Sen. Ken Salazar will discuss ways to provide health care for Northwest Colorado veterans during a meeting today in Craig.

The Denver Democrat, his brother, U.S. Rep. John Salazar, D-Manassa, and Dr. Michael Murphy, director of the Veterans Affairs hospital in Grand Junction, will meet with area veterans at 11 a.m.

The meeting will take place at American Legion Post No. 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7, formerly Shadow Mountain Clubhouse.

Cody Wertz, a spokesman for Sen. Salazar, said the senator would discuss options to provide better care to veterans.

Wertz said one option could be building a veterans clinic in Northwest Colorado.

Without a clinic, Northwest Colorado veterans drive to the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Grand Junction.

Including drive time and time spent at the hospital, the trip to Grand Junction often takes veterans an entire day.

Area veterans have been trying for years to have a clinic built in Northwest Colorado.

Wertz said he expects local veterans to attend the meeting and recommend solutions.

Nayyera Haq, a spokeswoman for Rep. Salazar, said that as a veteran himself, the representative is very concerned about health care for rural veterans.

"He has a personal interest in making sure that veterans' health care is adequately funded," Haq said.

Today's meeting is open to the public.

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