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Oct 19, 2018

Tester Announces $355,500 Grant to Keep Aging Veterans Living Independently in Eastern Montana

Senator: We Must Uphold Our Commitment to Montana's Veterans

(Butte, Mont.)-Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Jon Tester today announced a $355,500 grant to the organization "Action for Eastern Montana" to ensure local veterans can remain independent and stay in their own homes as they age.

The grant announced by Tester will help train and deploy 35 volunteers to help aging veterans in eastern Montana with daily tasks to ensure they can remain independent and spend their retirement years in their own homes.

"Eastern Montana is home to thousands of veterans who answered the call to serve our country," Tester said. "Now we must uphold our commitment to them. These resources will help aging veterans remain at home rather than force them to live in costly senior facilities."

The grant is administered jointly though AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and the Veterans Health Administration's Choose Home Initiative. Volunteers will be trained to serve seniors in Valley, Sheridan, Richland, Dawson, and Rosebud Counties, as well as on the Fort Peck and Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservations. Most of the volunteers will also be veterans.

Action for Eastern Montana is a non-profit organization in Glendive that "promotes education, advocacy, and dignity for achieving independence" in eastern Montana.

As Ranking Member, Tester has drafted 11 veterans bills this Congress that have been signed into law by President Trump. Tester is also using his seat on the Senate Appropriations Committee to fight for more funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service, which helps funds grants like the one going to the Glendive.

Tester most notably authored the VA MISSION Act to cut government red tape and make it easier for veterans in rural areas to see a doctor in their community when wait times at the VA are too long.

Tester is also pushing to increase access to benefits for aging Vietnam veterans, known as "Blue Water Navy Veterans," who served off the coast of Vietnam during the war and were exposed to toxic chemicals like Agent Orange.

If veterans in eastern Montana are experiencing difficulties accessing their benefits with the VA, they are encouraged to contact Tester's office in Glendive at 406-365-2391.

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Glendive, 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

Glendive

122 W Towne
Glendive, MT 59330
Phone: (406) 365-2391
Fax: (406) 365-8836

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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