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Udall Delivers Help for Service Members and Veterans in Defense Appropriations Bill

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Location: Washington, D.C.

DOD Bill Includes Funding Udall Requested to Help Service Members Returning from War Find Help with Reintegration, get Mental Health Treatment

Today, U.S. Senator Mark Udall, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced that he has successfully fought for funding for three programs in the Department of Defense Appropriations bill to help service members and veterans transition from the battlefield back to civilian life.

The bill includes funding for a program at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs to provide support for secondary trauma for mental health providers at Fort Carson; for a program to help service disabled veterans who own small businesses get Naval Aviation Systems contracts; and to support members of the Colorado National Guard and Reserve and their family members with reintegration after they return from deployments. The final program was requested in conjunction with Senator Michael Bennet.

The Department of Defense funding bill was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday evening. It now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

"Colorado is lucky to have such close ties to the military and a strong veterans' community, and I'm proud to have fought to include funding for these programs in the Defense funding bill," Senator Udall said.

"The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have taken a serious toll on military families and veterans - particularly troops at Fort Carson and in our National Guard and Reserve," Senator Udall continued. "This funding provides for programs to help them get mental health care and reintegration services when they return home from battle. And it will help fill critical contracts for naval aviation systems parts by helping match small businesses owned by Colorado's service-disabled veterans with the Navy's procurement officials."

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