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Articles with the Tag: Veterans

VA moves to deliver copayment relief to Native American veterans

News from Senator’s Tester office U.S. Senate — Following sustained efforts from U.S. Senator Jon Tester, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today proposed a rule in the Federal Register to waive copayments incurred on or after Jan. 5, 2022, for certain care received by American Indian ...

National security wins for MT, pay raise for troops sent to President’s desk

News from the office of Senator Tester U.S. Senate — The Senate passed key defense priorities today spearheaded by U.S. Senator Jon Tester as a part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2023 to bolster our nation’s national and homeland security, and support Monta...

Gold Star Christmas tree honors fallen service members, families Gold Star Christmas tree honors fallen service members, families

POLSON — Inside the second floor foyer of the Lake County Courthouse stands the Gold Star Family Memorial Tree, covered in ornaments for families honoring service members who lost their lives.  The tree was installed by Jeannie and Bill Butler who lost their son Matthew in 2015 during his servi...

2023 ServeMontana Awards open with new categories

Governor’s Office of Community Service HELENA — The Governor’s Office of Community Service has announced it is accepting nominations for the annual ServeMontana Awards, with new award distinctions. In partnership with Montana’s Credit Unions, this award recognizes Montana citi...

Area VI Agency on Aging expands service area Area VI Agency on Aging expands service area

POLSON — The Area VI Agency on Aging has expanded their service area, now offering assistance to seniors and the disabled on a broader scale.  A separate entity from the Lake County Council on Aging, the agency is a private nonprofit responsible for planning, coordinating, and delivering servic...

VA establishes Vet Center Scholarship Program

News from the office of Senator Tester  U.S. Senate —  The Department of Veterans Affairs announced in mid-November that it will establish a Vet Center Scholarship Program to assist individuals pursuing graduate degrees in psychology, social work, marriage and family therapy, or mental h...

Breast cancer: early detection critical to saving lives

News from the Montana VA Health Care System FORT HARRISON — Montana VA Health Care System encourages veterans to be proactive with breast cancer health and awareness during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women after skin cancer and the sec...

VA to streamline hiring of mental health care professionals

U.S. SENATE — Following a years-long push from Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that the Office of Personnel Management is finalizing two new occupational series for Licensed...

VA extends eligibility for legacy veterans and family caregivers

News from the office of Senator Tester U.S. SENATE — Following sustained efforts from Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced on Sept. 15 it will extend Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) eligibi...

$1.2M secured to combat veteran homelessness

News from the office of Senator Tester U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Jon Tester recently announced $1.2 million in federal funding for the Volunteers of America Northern Rockies, a statewide service organization focused on helping prevent and end veteran homelessness in Montana.  “The V...


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