DENVER, CO - The House today unanimously passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Representative Jennifer Parenti that will improve access to veteran services and benefits. It passed by a final vote of 64-0.
“Making critical services easy to access for our veteran community members and their families is crucial and the Western Regional One Source center provides all of the resources they need under one roof,” said Rep. Jennifer Parenti, D-Erie. “By extending these services, we can help ensure quick, easy, and affordable access to housing assistance, mental health care services, and many more critical resources for veterans across the Western Slope.”
SB23-154, also sponsored by Representative Rick Taggart, is a bipartisan bill that continues the Western Region One Source, a one-stop center based in Grand Junction for veteran services. The center opened in 2019 to host various veterans services under one roof, making it easier for veterans in rural areas to be connected to resources like health benefits, employment opportunities, housing, transportation, and more. This bill extends the program to keep the center running until 2030.