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Tester's work on behalf of Montana's veterans

Tester's work on behalf of Montana's veterans

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Published by: les_braswell5524 on May 15, 2014
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Keeping Our Promise to Montana 
s Service Members, Veterans and their Families
 Fighting to improve the services available for
 veterans by
Announcing new Veterans Centers for Kalispell and Great Falls; new Community-Based Outpatient Clinics in Havre, Lewistown, Cut Bank, Plentywood and Hamilton; and a new 24-bed inpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment facility at Fort Harrison.
Securing funding for an expansion of the veterans’ clinic in Billings, allowing the
 clinic to provide a host of services not currently available, including ophthalmology, dental and cardiology.
Breaking a VA bureaucratic logjam to fund a new state veterans’ cemetery in Missoula, and securing
 National Veterans Cemetery status for a portion of the Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery.
 Fighting to improve
 for veterans by
Led the “VOW to Hire Heroes Act”
 that was signed into law, putting more veterans back to work through job skills training; improving federal hiring practices; reforming the process for certifying employment skills gained during military service; and creating tax credits that reward employers who hire qualified veterans who have recently completed their military service.
Fighting to increase the number of veterans’ employment counselors in rural states like Montana.
 Fighting to improve access to care and services for
Securing the first increase in the
VA’s disabled veterans travel reimbursement program since 1977 – 
 raising the rate to 28.5 cents per mile and then 41.5 cents per mile, and creating a new grant program to
fund volunteer veterans’ service organizations that operate “Vet Vans
Fighting to
expand the VA’s ability to recruit and retain high quality health
care providers in rural areas, pushing the VA to waive copayments for VA telemedicine visits, and calling for the creation of a Rural Veterans Health Care Technical Assistance Center that would help provide timely information, education, technical assistance and tools to improve access to health care services for rural veterans.
 Fighting to ensure our troops and veterans receive the
they have earned by
Pushing the VA to expand services to more Priority 8 veterans and to, for the first time, extend travel reimbursement to combat veterans seeking care at Veterans Centers.
Sponsoring a bill to
 protect funding for veterans’ health care in the face of potential budget cuts.
Opposing increases in out-of-pocket TRICARE costs for service members, veterans and families.
Backing the
21st Century Veterans Benefits Delivery Act
that focuses on the claims submission  process, reforming VA practices, and making sure VA claims are a priority.
 Fighting to ensure our troops and veterans receive the
 they have earned by
Fighting to
eliminate the “widow’s tax” that prevents
surviving spouses and children of service members and veterans from receiving the benefits to which they are entitled, and to permit veterans to concurrently receive both their military retired pay and full disability compensation from the VA.
Ensuring service members receive proper mental health reviews when discharged from service.
Strengthening protections for service members who are victims of sexual assault, pushing the VA to improve reproductive treatment and care options for service-connected veterans, and fighting to ensure that certain breast cancer screenings are once again covered by TRICARE.
Fighting to ensure deployed members of the Guard and Reserves receive the retirement credit they have earned; to enhance GI Bill benefits for reservists; and to reduce the burden on reservists traveling for drill duty by lowering the travel reimbursement threshold.
Backing the
Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act 
 that provide for an increase, effective December 1, 2013, in the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected

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