Beauprez listens to Colorado veterans

How refreshing will it be to have a governor who listens to his constituents?

Originally from the Washington Post:

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Veterans may not be at the forefront of every Colorado resident's concerns. But those who do care, care passionately. Bob Beauprez, the Republican candidate for governor, chaired a veterans working group Thursday to discuss what the state is doing for veterans and how it could be improved.

The meeting was a passionate one — with dispiriting tales from veterans who can't find jobs due to their disabilities to those responsible for rehabilitation struggling to cope with a shrinking military. On the positive side, a strong philanthropic community has emerged from local businesses in Colorado. They are providing rehabilitation to families, serviceman and spouses, as well as offering assistance with finding jobs and helping veterans reenter civilian life.

But there is still considerable anger toward the federal government and the Veterans Administration. Although he may disagree with his opponent Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) on many matters — Beauprez said Hickenlooper has “the same problem as Obama, he has no plan” — both see eye to eye on this. Beauprez described the problems at the Department of VA as a “shameless scandal,” while Hickenlooper said Monday that it was “disgrace, and everyone I know thinks it’s a disgrace.”

Read more here.