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Apr 14, 2014

Tester celebrates expansion of Billings VA Clinic

‘We must do everything we can to support Montana veterans’

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(BILLINGS, Mont.) - Senator Jon Tester today joined VA Montana and the Billings community in dedicating the expanded Billings VA Clinic.

"This clinic will provide our region's veterans with some of the best medical care our nation has to offer," said Tester, a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, as he delivered the day's keynote speech. "Montana veterans earned the best health care and the best providers available no matter where they live."

The expanded clinic will provide outpatient surgery and specialty services to nearly 20,000 veterans in Montana and Wyoming. It will also provide same-day surgery, and offer new services in audiology, podiatry, dental care, and physical and occupational therapy.

Previously, many of these services were only available at Fort Harrison in Helena, which is a lengthy drive for many veterans in eastern Montana.

"When our sons and daughters, our husbands and wives, return home with wounds of war - both seen and unseen - we must do everything we can to support them," Tester said.

Senator Tester has worked with local veterans and the VA for the past six years to help secure funding for the clinic.

Background Timeline:

  • January 2008 - Tester worked with Secretary Peake to secure funding for Phase I
  • February 2008 - Tester toured the old clinic with Secretary Peake
  • November 2008 - Tester joined the VA when it broke ground on the new clinic
  • October 2009 - Tester urged Secretary Shinseki to fund Phase II in the VA budget
  • February 2011 - Tester announced funding for Phase II is granted
  • March 2013 - Clinic opened
  • April 2014 - Formal dedication of clinic

 

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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