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Nov 9, 2017

Tester Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Help Secure Butte Veterans Home

Senator’s Legislation Will Reform Veterans Home Priority List, Provide Fair Shake to Rural States

(U.S. Senate)-U.S. Senator Jon Tester introduced a bipartisan bill today to help Butte secure the resources needed to construct the long-awaited Southwest Montana Veterans Home.

Tester's bipartisan bill will reform the VA's veterans home priority list to give rural states like Montana a fair shot at securing funding to build a veterans home. Since the Southwest Montana Veterans Home proposal was put on the VA's priority list in 2010, it has continuously been bypassed due to VA's formula that prioritizes safety upgrades and construction of veterans homes in large, urban communities.

"Montana is home to the second most veterans per capita than any state in the country," Tester said. "Despite this urgent need, Butte continues to be unfairly passed over for a veterans home because of an arcane and outdated formula. Republicans and Democrats support my bill because it meets the need of rural veterans, provides a real solution for Butte, and upholds this country's commitment to all who have served."

Tester's bill specifically guarantees that projects within the VA's State Home Construction Grant Program, like the Southwest Montana Veterans Home, will not fall further down VA's priority list unless there are urgent safety concerns at other facilities. The VA's priority list currently re-ranks veteran home projects each year based on the state's total population.

In July, Tester sponsored an amendment to the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill that contained a similar provision to reform the Veterans Home Priority List. Tester's amendment was opposed on a party line vote in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Tester's bill is cosponsored by Senator Dean Heller (R-Nev.).

In addition to the Southwest Montana Veterans Home proposal, Montana is home to two veterans homes in Columbia Falls and Glendive.

 

 

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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