Tester meets with Flathead Valley Community College president

Senator, Karas celebrate new veterans’ center

(U.S. SENATE) – Senator Jon Tester today met with Flathead Valley Community College (FVCC) President Jane Karas to discuss the opening of the new Veterans’ Service Center on campus.

Tester and Karas talked about the Center’s benefits for students who are either veterans or members of the armed forces. The center provides access to need-specific resources and offers students a place to study and interact with fellow veterans. Counseling services, as well as a support officer to help with financial aid benefits, are also provided through the center.

“We always need to be looking for ways to better serve veterans, including on our college campuses,” said Tester, Montana’s only member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. “Education opens doors for veterans’ future success, and this new center will provide students with the support they need as they work towards their education. I applaud Dr. Karas for the work she put into getting it open.”

There will be a ceremony commemorating the opening of FVCC’s new Veterans’ Service Center in the upcoming months.

Tester was a driving force in getting the 21st Century G.I. Bill enacted in 2007. The measure has enabled more than 1,500 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans to attend college in Montana.

Karas, who also met with Senator Max Baucus, estimates that around ten percent of those enrolled at the college are veterans or have veterans in their families.