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Bullock on Veterans’ Day: We Must Continue Efforts to Ensure Veterans Never Fall Through the Cracks

Bullock on Veterans’ Day: We Must Continue Efforts to Ensure Veterans Never Fall Through the Cracks

Wednesday, November 11, 2015/Categories: Governor's Office/Tags: veterans , military , statement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, November 11, 2015

CONTACTS:

Tim Crowe, Communications Director, 444.9844

Mike Wessler, Deputy Communications Director, 444.9725

Helena, Mont.--Governor Steve Bullock today released the following statement in honor of Veterans’ Day:

“When we ask our men and women in uniform to serve our state and nation—at home or abroad—we’re making a commitment that when they return home we will honor their service, ensure they have access to quality medical—both physical and mental, career options, and educational opportunities. In Montana, we’re making important progress in fulfilling this commitment, but we must continue our efforts to ensure that those who gave so much defending our freedoms never fall through the cracks.”

Bullock has worked to expand economic, health, and educational opportunities for returning veterans, and taken steps to honor their service, including:

  • making the most substantial investment into the full spectrum of mental health services in our state’s history, ensuring that no matter what level of mental health care a veterans needs--large or small--they have access to that care;
  • signing into law and received federal approval for the HELP Plan, which extends health coverage to up to 7,000 Montana veterans;
  • working with Montana’s University System to expand prior learning assessments to ensure veterans have the opportunity to get academic credit for skills learned in their service;
  • expanding services through the Montana Department of Labor and Industry to veterans who have struggled with long-term unemployment to help them secure a job;
  • providing funding for wrap-around services at Montana colleges and universities to support veterans transition back to civilian life; and
  • through executive action, ordering the POW/MIA flag to fly over the Montana capitol building until all missing service members from Montana are accounted for, and then signed legislation making that order law.

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