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Veteran’s Hotline: New VA hospital being constructed in Denver

Ed Wilkinson

Today is National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

If you have a function this week, please take a moment to remember these soldiers and their families.

Light a candle for these warriors. Thanks.

Hospital in Denver

Project "Eagle" is going to be the construction of a new VA medical center in Denver.

The VA announced the selection of the joint venture of Keiwit-Turner, located in Englewood, on Sept. 2.

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The contract award is for $1,313,100 to begin pre-construction services.

The project provides collaboration and joint operation of both VA and Buckley Air Force Base/Department of Defense (DoD) medical services on the new site. The DoD will have a separate clinic on the entire fourth floor of the south clinic building.

VA will increase the number of employees at the new hospital from the current 1,815 employees to more than 2,000.

Of the 24 architecture, engineering and various supporting firms working on the new medical center, 17 are Colorado companies. The contract provides pre-construction services to assist the VA and the architect/engineer team in the design of a new 206-b ed tertiary care medical center with approximately 1,126 million square feet. This includes the remodeling of the building currently on the south end of the site.

Dates to remember

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 monthly meeting is at 7 p.m. Monday at the post, 419 E. Victory Way. The phone number is 824-7145.

The American Legion Post 62 monthly meeting is at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the American Legion Hall, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. The phone number is 824-3625.

Military trivia

Q. What two continents have never been the site of a major military conflict?

A. Australia and Antarctica

Q. What was the first war in which one jet plane shot down another jet plane?

A. The Korean War

Q. What modern vehicle was invented to circumvent trench warfare?

A. The tank

Benefits are available

For all veterans who have had at least 180 days of active duty, there are many benefits available to you.

Do not feel that other veterans need it more because if you served, you are entitled to health care, medications, glasses, hearing aids, tuition assistance, home loans and many more benefits.

Come in to my office and visit with me, and I can show you all services that are available.

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