New building will be "one stop shop" for vets

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- The best way to explain the Western Region One Source building is a "one stop shop," a place where veterans can come and work out the details for their benefits all in one place.

The Western Region One Source Building will soon put personnel for benefits, and veteran’s services under the same roof.

The idea is to create a space where veterans can come and get help with things like the process of applying for benefits, and will even have access to some mental health services and assessments.

The building used to be the old Colorado Army National Guard Armory, and is projected to help more than 100,000 vets west of the continental divide here in Colorado.

"I didn't have the opportunity to, as well as other veterans, to have one place where you can stop and actually start at desk A and go to desk Z, and have covered everything you need to do for what is called a compensation and pension hearing. Those are the ones where you get the adjudication that allows you to get your benefits," said veteran, Lawrence Klingemann.

The DMVA is financing the project, which is costing them about 3.5 million dollars.

Staff for the offices will move in in March and April. The grand opening for the facility is scheduled for May 17th, but the building will be open for vets before then.

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