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Rehberg, House Honor Veterans by Passing Legislation to Increase and Strengthen Benefits

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Location: Washington, DC

Rehberg, House Honor Veterans by Passing Legislation to Increase and Strengthen Benefits

Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today joined House colleagues in supporting several pieces of legislation to increase and strengthen benefits for Montana's veterans.

"Congress must honor the men and woman who've served our country by ensuring their needs are taken care of," said Rehberg, a member of the House Appropriations Committee. "Today, my House colleagues and I did just that by improving and expanding the services provided to our veterans. These are key pieces of legislation and I was proud to support them."

Earlier this month, Rehberg introduced legislation to ensure medical care is provided to victims of the 1960's and 70's biological and chemical weapons testing. He also cosponsored a new G.I. bill to expand education benefits for our service men and women.

Today, Rehberg continued to fight for Montana's veterans by helping his House colleagues pass several bills including:

· The Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2008 which increases the rates of compensation for veterans with service-related disabilities and the indemnity compensation payments made to the survivors of certain disabled veterans. These rates are adjusted according to current cost-of-living estimates.

· The Veterans Emergency Care Fairness Act of 2007 which directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide reimbursement to veterans for all emergency treatment received in a non-Veterans Affairs health facility. The reimbursement would be available until they are transferred to a Veterans Affairs facility.

· The Justin Bailey Veterans Substance Use Disorders Prevention and Treatment Act of 2008 which requires each Veterans Affairs medical center to provide a full range of substance abuse disorder care to veterans.

· The Veterans Benefits Awareness Act of 2007 which would allow the Secretary of Veterans' Affairs to purchase national advertising spots to promote the availability of VA benefits.

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