Baucus and Tester announce resources for families of Montana veterans

Senators: “We Need All Hands on Deck to Support Our Heroes”

(U.S. SENATE) – Montana’s U.S. Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester today announced help is on the way for homeless Montana veterans and their families.  Baucus and Tester announced a $365,000 grant to provide supportive services to low-income veteran families that are either homeless, on the verge of homelessness, or looking to transition from a shelter into permanent housing.  Volunteers of America Northern Rockies will use the grant to help approximately 75 households across central and eastern Montana.

“Our veterans have offered to put their lives on the line for our country and it is simply unacceptable that they should return from duty without a roof over their heads,” said Baucus. “This grant is a step in the right direction and an important opportunity to do right by our troops.”

“Veterans make tremendous sacrifices for our country and as Montana’s only member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee I won’t rest until every one of them is back on their feet,” Tester said.  “This assistance will help more veterans and their families get the help they need and that’s a responsible policy that I will support every time.”

Senator Tester wrote a letter in support of the grant.

Volunteers of America Northern Rockies operates a transitional living facility in Billings called Independence Hall which provides 20 beds for homeless veterans while connecting them with career training and educational opportunities.  More information on Volunteers of America Northern Rockies is available online HERE.  The Department of Veterans Affairs grant is through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program.