Billings Gazette: Tester touts bipartisan legislation to expand Missoula’s Veterans Affairs Clinic

The Missoula Veterans Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinic will get a little over $6.94 million in federal funding to triple in size and hire more staff if bipartisan legislation largely crafted by U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., is signed into law by President Donald Trump as expected.

Late on Tuesday night, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed Tester’s Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act that he says will “streamline the lengthy process that veterans undergo when appealing their claims for disability benefits with the VA.”

In an interview with the Missoulian on Wednesday, Tester said the legislation would secure federal funding to expand Missoula’s clinic as well as numerous other VA clinics across Montana and the country.

“The Missoula CBOC, this allows them to expand the clinic and actually triple their square footage to serve more veterans in the region,” Tester said. “I took VA Secretary (Robert) McDonald there back when he was secretary and they’re cramped in there like a bunch of sardines.”