Tag: Veterans

Daines Delivers Big Wins for National Defense, Troops, Veterans

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines yesterday voted to support and fund several critical defense and veterans priorities.  “This critical funding ensures America maintains the best military in the world, gives our troops a much needed pay raise, provides support for Montana veterans and strengthens Montana’s defense priorities,” Daines said.    Strengthens Montana’s and the Nation’s Defense Forces: $180 million for Air Force C-130 propeller upgrades (4-blade to 8-blade) $368 million for Army’s CH-47 Chinook helicopters $923.4 million for National Guard Counter-Drug Program, which includes an increase of $100 million for the National Guard State Plans program and $20 million

Daines Secures Montana Defense Priorities in Final Defense Bill, Passes out of Senate

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted for several Montana priorities in the final defense bill known as the “National Defense Authorization Act” or the “NDAA,” including a 3% pay raise for troops, support for Malmstrom Air Force Base and Montana’s Guard Units and help for veterans exposed to Agent Orange.   For a statement from Daines, click HERE. For TV Elements, click HERE.  “This bipartisan defense bill ensures America maintains the best military in the world, strengthens Montana’s defense priorities and gives our troops a much needed pay raise,” Daines said. “I will always work to ensure our troops and veterans who served our country have the support they need.”

Daines’ Bipartisan Bill Promoting Veteran Outdoor Recovery Programs Signed into Law

U.S. SENATE — Today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines’ bipartisan bill that promotes outdoor veteran recovery programs and expands outdoor recreational opportunities for veterans on public lands was signed into law. The “Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act” will help create treatment and therapy opportunities for veterans on public lands and outdoor spaces. “The outdoors is critical to our Montana way of life and can help Montana veterans who are recovering from trauma and injuries they experienced in combat,” Daines said. “That’s why I’m glad my bipartisan bill promoting recovery and treatment programs on public lands for the benefit of Montana veterans has been signed into law.” Daines’ bipartisan bill

Daines Introduces Bill to Protect Over 9,500 Montana Veterans from Losing Health Care

U.S. SENATE – Last week, U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced the “TRICARE Retired Protection Act” to ensure that Montana’s 9,500 military retirees will not lose health care as a result of new policy changes taking effect January 1st, 2021. “Our Montana veterans dedicated their lives to defending our freedom and way of life. We must do all we can to ensure our retired Montana heroes have the healthcare they earned,” Daines said. “That’s why I introduced my bill to prevent Montana veterans from losing coverage.” In 2017, Congress enacted a series of personnel reforms proposed by former Defense Secretary Ash

Daines’ Bipartisan Bill to Protect Montana Veterans from Scam Artists Passes Senate Committee

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that his bipartisan bill protecting Montana veterans and their families from pension poachers passed out of the U.S. Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.  “The fact that scam artists are taking advantage of Montana veterans – our nation’s heroes – and their families is beyond disappointing. It’s reprehensible,” Daines said. “I’m glad to see my bipartisan bill which will protect Montana veterans and their families from pension poachers is one step closer to being signed into law. I will always stand with Montana veterans, and will keep fighting until we get this done.” Daines’ bipartisan bill will now move to the full U.S. Senate for a

Daines Tours Adaptive Performance Center in Billings, Stresses Importance of Services for Disabled Veterans

BILLINGS – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today met with local leaders, volunteers and veterans at the Adaptive Performance Center in Billings to talk about the importance of services for Montana’s disabled veterans. Daines has been pushing the VA to provide grant funding for the Adaptive Performance Center to help support Montana veterans.   TO DOWNLOAD TV ELEMENTS, CLICK HERE. Veterans who are amputees, para/quadriplegics and those who suffer from PTSD, depression and anxiety utilize this facility because the equipment and classes offered are adapted to their physical abilities. This center aims to alleviate veterans’ pain and improve cognitive function while

Daines: Hire Veterans to Work at VA

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today cosponsored legislation that would encourage the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to work with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to recruit medical personnel and professionals currently employed across military medical departments to work for the VA, providing jobs for Montana veterans. “Veterans serving veterans makes sense. My bill will help ensure Montanans making the transition from warrior to veteran have a job available where they can support their fellow veterans,” Daines said. “This will also help support and strengthen our veterans health services with the care they need and deserve.” The

Daines Introduces Major Bipartisan Veterans Benefits Package

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced a bipartisan veterans benefits package to support Montana veterans including his provision to protect veterans and their families from pension poachers. “I’m glad that my bipartisan bill to protect Montana veterans and their families from pension poachers was included in this major veterans legislation,” Daines said. “This legislative package is about getting our Montana veterans and their families the help and support they need. We must get this done for the men and women who served in defense of our country. I look forward to getting this bill across the finish line.” 

Senate Democrats Block Daines’ Bill to Protect Montana Veterans from Scam Artists

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today spoke on the Senate floor urging his colleagues to advance his bipartisan bill to protect Montana veterans and their families from scam artists known as pension poachers. Unfortunately, it was Senate Democrat opposition that blocked Daines’ bill from moving forward.   To download Daines full remarks, click HERE. On the floor, Daines said: “…right now, we can take an important step to do everything in our power to ensure our veterans and their families keep their benefits… not lose them to scammers… I will always stand by Montana’s veterans, and I will continue fighting this fight until we get this done.” When blocking

Daines Calls for an Investigation on the Mishandling of Montana Veteran’s Remains by USPS

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines sent a letter requesting the United States Postal Service (USPS) Office of the Inspector General investigate an incident where the remains of a Montana veteran, Donald Tyler, were lost in the mail. “While his remains were eventually returned to Mrs. Tyler and the USPS will reimburse her for the damaged urn, it is unacceptable that a federal agency misplaced the human remains of an American citizen,” Daines wrote. “I urge you to conduct a full and thorough investigation into this matter to identify the cause and identify any reforms necessary to ensure that a