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Issue Position: Protecting Our Veterans

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Montanans are dedicated to serving their country. They have played an important role in making America great, risking their lives to protect the very freedoms that we all enjoy. We can never truly thank our veterans and their families enough for the sacrifices they have made, but we can make sure they receive the care they deserve.

That's why the first bill I introduced when I was elected to Congress was to increase pay for our troops. And we were successful in securing a pay raise for our troops by passing the Defense Authorization Act in 2001.

I also support legislation that would end deductions of VA survivor benefits from Survivor Benefit Plan annuities. We cannot allow bad government policies to negatively impact the families of the men and women serving our country. If a member of our Armed Forces sacrifices his or her life defending our freedoms, their family should receive the benefit package we promised them. It's our responsibility to honor our agreements, and I will continue to work on behalf of our veterans and their families.

I'm also a firm believer that the best way to help our troops is to offer them the tools to be successful. I supported legislation that would make it easier for veterans to receive an education through the GI Bill. This legislation allows for veterans who receive a college education online to receive the same quality benefits as those veterans who attend a brick and mortar institution. I have also sought changes to the GI Bill that would allow our veterans to transfer their education benefits to a spouse or child in order to ensure the entire family can receive an education for the veteran's service. By educating our troops and their families, we can better help them succeed in the workforce.

Ensuring that our veterans receive the best possible health care has always been a top priority of mine. During my time in Congress I petitioned the VA to open new clinics in Montana, making it easier for our vets to receive the health care that they deserve. Montana now has three new VA access points in Lewistown, Cut Bank and Havre. I am continually looking for ways to expand veterans' rights and medical services, with an emphasis on providing those services to rural Montana.

As your Senator, it will always be a top priority of mine to protect the men and women who serve our country.

Denny Rehberg is a strong advocate for Montana's military men and women and their families...

The first bill Denny ever sponsored in Congress was a 3.5 percent pay raise for our troops. Denny is committed to making sure our service-men and -women are compensated fairly for their hard work and sacrifice.

Denny stands with a majority of veterans' groups in supporting a Constitutional amendment to protect our American flag from desecration. Senator Tester does not.
Denny Rehberg is a strong advocate for Montana's military men and women and their families...

The first bill Denny ever sponsored in Congress was a 3.5 percent pay raise for our troops. Denny is committed to making sure our service-men and -women are compensated fairly for their hard work and sacrifice.

Denny stands with a majority of veterans' groups in supporting a Constitutional amendment to protect our American flag from desecration. Senator Tester does not.

Denny is leading the fight to protect the veterans' memorial on Big Mountain from an out-of-state atheist group attempting to tear it down. Senator Tester has remained silent.

Denny sponsored legislation to protect veterans' 2nd Amendment rights by allowing service members and their family members to register any firearm collected while serving overseas for their country.

Denny led efforts to provide our service-men and -women with crucial mental health screening and care. Our veterans deserve the very best care, and Denny is committed to ensuring they receive it.

Denny introduced the Keep America's Promises Act to right a wrong committed against 157 now-former Air Force officers officers -- each with more than 15 years of service, many of those in combat -- who were terminated short of their retirement dates without promised pension or medical benefits due to the administration's cuts to defense spending. Denny will continue to fight to make sure veterans receive the compensation and benefits they were promised and have earned.

Denny is standing up against President Obama's budget plan to increase the cost of health care for veterans enrolled in TRICARE. Nearly 35,000 Montanans are currently enrolled in TRICARE. Denny is urging the President to rethink his budget priorities and stop looking for budget cuts among veterans who have earned their benefits.

Denny cosponsored and supported the Protect VA Healthcare Act, which would protect the VA -- on which thousands of Montana veterans depend -- from the proposed "sequestration" cuts, a problem Senator Tester helped create with his vote for the failed "Super Committee."

Denny worked hard to pass the Veterans Opportunity to Work Act (VOW Act), which improves veterans' opportunities for employment and job-training. By providing an educational benefit to veterans at community colleges and technical training institutions, the VOW Act will help create the best-qualified, most skilled veteran workforce since World War II.

Denny has been working with the VA to support the creation of a fifth Vet Center in Helena, so our brave service-men and --women of Montana's state capital can have the access they deserve to veterans' services.
Denny is leading the fight to protect the veterans' memorial on Big Mountain from an out-of-state atheist group attempting to tear it down. Senator Tester has remained silent.

Denny sponsored legislation to protect veterans' 2nd Amendment rights by allowing service members and their family members to register any firearm collected while serving overseas for their country.

Denny led efforts to provide our service-men and -women with crucial mental health screening and care. Our veterans deserve the very best care, and Denny is committed to ensuring they receive it.

Denny introduced the Keep America's Promises Act to right a wrong committed against 157 now-former Air Force officers officers -- each with more than 15 years of service, many of those in combat -- who were terminated short of their retirement dates without promised pension or medical benefits due to the administration's cuts to defense spending. Denny will continue to fight to make sure veterans receive the compensation and benefits they were promised and have earned.

Denny is standing up against President Obama's budget plan to increase the cost of health care for veterans enrolled in TRICARE. Nearly 35,000 Montanans are currently enrolled in TRICARE. Denny is urging the President to rethink his budget priorities and stop looking for budget cuts among veterans who have earned their benefits.

Denny cosponsored and supported the Protect VA Healthcare Act, which would protect the VA -- on which thousands of Montana veterans depend -- from the proposed "sequestration" cuts, a problem Senator Tester helped create with his vote for the failed "Super Committee."

Denny worked hard to pass the Veterans Opportunity to Work Act (VOW Act), which improves veterans' opportunities for employment and job-training. By providing an educational benefit to veterans at community colleges and technical training institutions, the VOW Act will help create the best-qualified, most skilled veteran workforce since World War II.

Denny has been working with the VA to support the creation of a fifth Vet Center in Helena, so our brave service-men and --women of Montana's state capital can have the access they deserve to veterans' services.


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