Sen. Cory Gardner sits down with southern Colorado veterans

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Sen. Cory Gardner was in Pueblo Friday to sit down with local veterans to hear their concerns and suggestions about assistance programs for veterans. 

“They go in a downward spiral or do something worse,” Gardner said. “That has to stop. We have to catch them in the system and make sure the VA system works for them.”

It was a roundtable-type forum with about 15 people. Some of those who attended were veterans, and others were affiliated with veterans one way or another.

“It’s not always the loudest person. It’s the one who brings the best ideas to the table,” said Adrian Medina, the Pueblo County Veterans’ Service Officer.

Attendees suggested more help for homeless veterans. They also cited a lack of resources due to the large influx of veterans heading south from Denver.

“If we can help them get them back into the system, get them housing and work, it’s good,” Medina said. “We have the resources, but sometimes it’s not enough.”

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