Campaign 2010

Mar 26, 2009

Representative Rehberg Votes Against Aid for Over 100,000 Montana Veterans

Our nation's veterans have put their lives on the line and we owe them the treatment and care they earned through their service.  Representative Denny Rehberg doesn't agree -- Rehberg actually voted against more than $4.2 million in funding for improvements and upgrades to the VA Montana Health Care System.


"Representative Rehberg had the chance to do the right thing and honor the sacrifices of veterans in Montana.  Instead, on two separate occasions, Rehberg joined with his ‘Party of No' Republicans to deny funding for improvements to facilities that serve 104,000 veterans in Montana," said Andy Stone, Western Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  "Failing to keep faith with Montana's veterans who proudly served our nation is just plain wrong."


The VA Montana Health Care System (VAMHCS) is headquartered in Fort Harrison, adjacent to Helena, with a 50-bed general medicine and surgical facility.  VAMHCS also includes a 30-bed skilled nursing home facility in Miles City as well as veteran outpatient clinics in Anaconda, Billings, Bozeman, Cut Bank, Glasgow, Glendive, Great Falls, Havre, Kalispell, Lewiston, Miles City and Missoula.


Funding for various projects, including lead paint remediation, masonry repairs, mechanical upgrades, and the implementation of energy conservation measures was included in the landmark economic recovery package that was recently signed into law.