Miles City Star: Tester fighting to keep, improve VA services at rural Montana VA clinics

U.S. Senator Jon Tester has received personal assur- ances from top VA officials that there will be no reduction in hours of operation or closures at VA facilities in Glendive, Glasgow, Miles City and Hamilton, according to a press release from Tester’s office.

Following reports that the VA is considering shortening hours of operations at VA facil- ities in Montana, including clin- ics in Glendive, Hamilton and Glasgow and the nursing home in Miles City, to save money, Tester pressed top officials to keep those clinics fully opera- tional. Recently, he received assurances from VA that those clinics will not reduce hours of operation or close.

Tester and Dr. Kathy Berger, Director of VA Montana, continue to work together to strengthen the VA’s medical workforce and address staffing vacancies at each of these facili- ties. Tester recently introduced legislation to address the VA’s chronic workforce shortages.

“Veterans in rural Montana rely on these VA facilities to get the care they need with- out driving hundreds of miles,” said Tester, ranking member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. “I’m pleased that the VA walked back their con- sideration of closing these facilities and to hold them to that, I secured language in the bill that funds the VA to make sure those facilities remain fully operational. I look forward to continuing to work with Dr. Berger to make sure the VA has the tools it needs to serve veterans across Mon- tana.”