I have had the privilege of working with veterans for over 35 years, many years with disabled veterans.
Early in my career I worked at the VA Hospital in Miles City.
I was always concerned about the lack of medical services available to our veterans from rural areas.
Montana has about a 10 percent veteran population, second behind Alaska. If you stop and think, you probably have family members, friends or just know people who are veterans.
A few years ago, Sen. Jon Tester addressed the issue of rural health care for Montana veterans. Thankfully, we now have several outpatient clinics throughout all of Montana making much needed medical care accessible to our veterans. Before this, they would have had to travel to Helena for care.
Tester was also instrumental in getting mileage rates raised to help lower income veterans access their care.
As a truly independent voter, I am convinced that Tester is a strong supporter of our nation’s veterans and will continue to be once reelected.
I try to look at a candidate’s character and not their political party.
We really can’t afford to lose Sen. Tester’s position on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.
So remember all the veterans you know and what they have done for the country when you go to the poll this Nov. 6.
In my career I have heard many say, “What language would we be speaking, if it weren’t for our veterans?”