Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Fed Officials Will Try To Replace VA Jobs.(Metro & New Mexico)

Byline: John J. Lumpkin Journal Staff Writer

Mayor Doesn't Want Workers Leaving Albuquerque's Core

Federal officials have told Albuquerque Mayor Jim Baca they would try to replace 80 jobs the Department of Veterans Affairs wants to move out of Downtown.

The VA is proposing to move its medical claims-processing office out of the federal building at 500 Gold SW to a new site next to the VA Medical Center near Kirtland Air Force Base.

The move would make life easier for veterans, especially disabled vets, who need to both receive medical care and talk with benefits specialists about their claims, said Sandra Epps, director of the claims-processing VA Regional Office. …

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