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Feb 20, 2015

Tester works to help homeless veterans back on their feet

Senator introduces bipartisan bill to help homeless veterans find work

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(U.S. Senate) - As too many veterans continue to face homelessness after leaving active duty, Senator Jon Tester is working to help them find good-paying jobs.

Tester introduced a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, which provides support to state and local groups that assist homeless veterans looking for employment.

The Senator's bill would allow veterans struggling with homelessness to access job training services, as well as career counseling, transportation assistance and medical and substance abuse treatment.

"Our military men and women put their lives on the line for us, we can't forget about them when they come home," said Tester, a senior member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee. "The Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program makes a huge difference for Montana families by helping veterans get a good job and back on their feet."

Volunteers of America Northern Rockies (VOA), a veterans service group in Billings, recently received a $200,000 grant through the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program to provide services for veterans in Helena.

"The Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program is a boots-on-the-ground program that meets veterans where they are," said Scott Powers, Program Director at VOA in Billings. "Volunteers of America Northern Rockies, in just one county in Montana, helped 55 veterans find employment last year, and are on track to help even more this year. The need to move Montana's veterans forward is still great, and without the renewal of this grant many veterans who served their country will not be served."

Tester's bill would also allow veterans who receive housing vouchers through a joint Housing and Urban Development and VA initiative (HUD-VASH) as well as Native American veterans who receive assistance through the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act to access these services.

Tester's bipartisan Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program Reauthorization Act is available 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.

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

Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
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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