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May 25, 2007   |  Senator Jon Tester

Tester announces two additional VA clinics for Montana

Decision is a response to concerns raised by Tester

(BILLINGS, Mont.) – The U.S. Veterans Administration will begin building two clinics in Lewistown and Cut Bank, in response to concerns raised this week by Senator Jon Tester.

Tester is a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.  During a committee hearing Wednesday, he expressed concern over a lack of accessible health care for veterans in rural states like Montana.

Tester learned today that the VA decided to finally build the two new clinics, which had been first proposed in 2004, in response to his concerns.

"This is great news for vets in Montana, and it goes to show that good things happen when we work together to make sure folks in Washington understand our needs," Tester said from his farm in Big Sandy.  "It's an honor for me to fight for the men and women who put their lives on the line for our country."

Tester has long advocated access to quality, affordable health care for all U.S. veterans, calling it a "national priority."  He has also introduced legislation to fairly reimburse vets who travel to VA facilities to receive health care, and to improve access to health care for rural vets.

The VA will begin scouting locations for the Montana clinics immediately.  Both facilities should be up and running within 12 months.

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.

Billings

Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768

Bozeman

Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647

Butte

Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586

Helena

208 North Montana Avenue
Suite 104
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462

Kalispell

8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974

Missoula

130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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