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Sep 24, 2021

Tester Bill Extending Critical VA Programs Heads to President’s Desk

Bicameral legislation extending critical VA programs to support veterans unanimously passes Senate

The Senate yesterday unanimously passed legislation co-authored by Chairman Jon Tester of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee to extend critical Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) programs to better serve veterans nationwide.

“I’m glad the Senate unanimously passed my legislation to extend critical VA programs that will enhance veterans’ access to mental health and dental care,” said Chairman Tester. “Folks need all the help they can get during these tough times, and we’ve got to keep making it easier, not harder, for veterans to continue receiving the care they need and earned.”

The Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2021 would reauthorize three expiring authorities which, without extension, would place important veterans’ benefits and services at risk. One of these authorities expands access to mental health care by allowing certain eligible veterans to receive Beneficiary Travel pay reimbursement for transportation to and from their mental health care appointments at various sites, including one at the Vet Center in Kalispell, Montana. Once signed into the law, the authorities will also enhance veterans’ access to dental care and allow VA to continue accepting donated property.

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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