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Oct 3, 2017

Trump Signs Tester’s 7th Bill Into Law

Senator’s Bipartisan Bill Will Prevent Crucial Veterans Benefits From Expiring

(U.S. Senate) - President Donald Trump has signed into law U.S. Senator Jon Tester's bipartisan bill to fund and prevent a wide range of critical veterans' benefits from expiring.

Tester's VA Expiring Authorities Act ensures rural veterans who use transportation assistance to travel to and from medical appointments will be able to utilize those services through 2019. Tester's law also continues a successful pilot program that reimburses veterans who travel to the Kalispell Vet Center for mental health care.

"Rural, disabled and homeless Montana veterans rely on these initiatives every day," said Tester, Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee. "By making sure that veterans can get to their doctor appointments on time and get back on their feet, we are making good on the promises we have made to our veterans and their families."

The VA Expiring Authorities Act includes:

  • The Caregiver Support Program, which provides assistance to those who sacrifice their time and money to care for veterans.
  • The Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, which provides critical housing, counseling and career training to homeless or at-risk veterans. 
  • Provisions from Tester's Deborah Sampson Act, which provide more opportunities for women veterans to seek readjustment counseling. 

This bill signing comes shortly after Tester was named one of the most effective lawmakers in the U.S. Senate. Trump has also signed the following Tester-authored bills to improve the VA's delivery of care and benefits to Montana veterans: 

 

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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