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Tester in Helena This Morning to Listen to Veterans

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HELENA - Early in Helena this morning Senator Jon Tester held an open forum with veterans of Helena to discuss their experiences with the VA healthcare system as well as the benefit package. 

Over 30 people attended the event held at the Department of Public Health and Human Services.

After speaking for a few minutes Tester opened the floor to any and all veterans in attendance for them to share their personal stories so that he may relay their message to Washington.  

One of the main issues on the mind of many of the veterans was the lack of doctors and funding for the VA , and Tester knows the solution to these problems even if they're not easy fixes.

"You address it by allocating dollars to get staff and facilities, and that's really the bottom line," said Tester. "I think some efficiencies that can be made with current staffing and facilities but for the most part it's going to create a concerted effort to try and get more people on the ground to serve these vets."

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