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Jun 1, 2014

Tester announces veterans listening tour and VA accountability legislation

Senator: “We should never let our veterans down”

(HELENA, Mont.) - At a press conference in Helena today, Senator Jon Tester announced a statewide veterans listening tour accompanied by a legislative agenda to address access to care and accountability issues at the VA.

In response to systemic access to care issues at VA clinics across the country, Tester said he will be touring the state of Montana to hear from folks on the ground about how the VA can improve and ways the agency is succeeding.

"I'll be visiting towns and cities across our state this summer to make sure Montana veterans have a voice in how we move forward," Tester announced. "I'll be looking for ideas that I can turn into good legislation when I get back to Washington."

Tester also outlined a legislative agenda which takes immediate steps to investigate the VA, hold folks accountable for any wrongdoing, improve access to care at clinics across the country, and address VA workforce shortages.

"Our focus must remain on improving veterans' access to quality care," Tester told reporters. "These brave men and women put their lives on the line for our freedoms. We should never let veterans down, but if we do, we must rededicate ourselves to their everlasting support."

Additionally, Tester laid out a plan to receive whistleblower complaints from VA staff so employees can confidentially communicate their concerns. Tester's staff will forward those complaints onto investigators so the issues can be immediately addressed.

You can read more about the Senator's VA legislative agenda HERE. A copy of the Senator's prepared remarks can be found online HERE.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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

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