Unveiling of President Dwight D Eisenhower Memorial
Vietnam Veterans of America
September 15, 2020
Join the Under Secretary for Benefits Paul Lawrence as he host a live Tele-Town Hall meeting with members of Vietnam Veterans of America, with introduction by VVA National President John Rowan
When: September 17, 2020 from 4pm-5pm EST
You do not have to sign up just call 833.380.0417, Press *3 to ask a question on September 17th.
SAVE THE DATE
Montana State Council August 18, 2020
In these trying times there have been several changes caused by the Covid 19 pandemic, not only in our own state and our local communities but also at the VVA national level. On Saturday, July 18th, I took part in a conference call that consisted of the National Officers, the Board of Directors and the State Council Presidents. I will try and share with you what most of these changes are.
If you have questions regarding National or just need further explanations on the information I have shared with you feel free to reach out to me and I will answer them or get an answer. My contact information is 406-600-4442 or email email@example.com.
I don’t anticipate an in person State Council meeting in October. More information will be forthcoming. Be careful and stay safe.
Chuck Renevier Montana State Council President
Today, Wednesday, August 5, 2020, the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Chair Jerry Moran, R-Kan and Ranking Minority Member Jon Tester-D-MT, passed the following 12 legislative bills out of committee and 2 were withdrawn by members.
1. S. 3282 (Cassidy/Tester) Protecting Business Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2020. Passed
2. S. 2558 (Sinema/Cramer) Nursing Home Care for Native American Veterans Act; A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to make certain grants to assist nursing homes for veterans located on tribal lands. Passed
3. S. 3643 (Loeffler/Sinema/Blackburn) VA Mission Telehealth Clarification Act. Passed
4. S.2950 (Sullivan/Manchin/Tillis/
5. S. 4384 (Sullivan/Blumenthal) K2 Toxic Exposure Study; A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to address exposure by members of the Armed Forces to toxic substances at Karshi-Khanabad Air Base, Uzbekistan, and for other purposes. Passed
6. S. 4393 (Tillis) Toxic Exposure in the American Military Act of 2020 (Committee Print); A bill to improve the provision of health care and other benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs for veterans who were exposed to toxic substances, and for other purposes. Withdrawn
7. S. 711 (Tester/Moran) CARE for Reservists Act of 2019. Passed
8. S. 332 (Blumenthal) Agent Orange Exposure Fairness Act of 2019 (Committee Print); A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to remove the manifestation period required for the presumptions of service connection for chloracne, porphyria cutanea tarda, and acute and subacute peripheral neuropathy associated with exposure to certain herbicide agents, and for other purposes. VVA AO-17 Convention Resolution. Recognition was given by Senator Blumenthal-CT to VVA member Gerry Wright-CT for his hard work on the bill during the hearing as the bill Passed.
9. S. 805 (Tester/Boozman/Brown/
10. S. 514 (Tester/Boozman) The Deborah Sampson Act (Committee Print) – Passed
11. S. 629 (Tester/Murray/Blumenthal/
12. S. 2216 (Peters/Blackburn) TEAM Veteran Caregiver Act (Committee Print); A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to formally recognize caregivers of veterans, notify veterans and caregivers of clinical determinations relating to eligibility for caregiver programs, and temporarily extend benefits for veterans who are determined ineligible for the family caregiver program, and for other purposes. Passed
13. S.____ (Moran/Tester/Boozman/Rounds/
14. S. 3235 (McSally/Kaine) Veterans Posttraumatic Growth Act – Passed
Tester Secures More Than $5.5 Million to Assist Montana Homeless Veterans
Senator announces federal funding for Volunteers of America Northern Rockies
(Big Sandy, Montana) – U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced more than $5.5 million in federal funding to help end veteran homelessness in Montana.
The $5,547,842 grant will go to the Volunteers of America Northern Rockies (VOA), a service organization based out of Billings. Since 2012, VOA has worked with hundreds of veterans and their families to help provide housing services for homeless and at-risk veterans.
“Year after year, the Volunteers of America Northern Rockies consistently do their part in helping Montana’s men and women in uniform transition to civilian life,” said Tester. “This is especially important now, with some veterans and their families struggling to find safe housing during the pandemic. These federal funds are an important investment in our state’s veterans, and will help thousands of folks get back on their feet.”
The award is a portion of the more than $400 million Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) grant administered by the VA. In fiscal year 2019, SSVF assisted more than 105,100 participants, including 70,500 veterans and 20,600 children.
As Ranking Member of the Senate Veteran’s Affairs Committee, Tester fought to include key provisions and funds in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to enable the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide additional support for vulnerable veterans—including programs to assist homeless veterans or those at-risk of becoming homeless. He also called on VA Secretary Robert Wilkie to implement these authorities quickly and efficiently, to provide much needed relief to veterans and their families.