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Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald Testifies On VA's Budget To House Committee
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VA Announces New Grants to Help End Veteran Homelessness – $6 Million Award Headed to Northwest Montana

On Tuesday, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald awarded nearly $93 million  in Supportive Services for Veteran Families three-year grants that will help approximately 45,000 homeless and at-risk veterans and their families. Six million dollars of that was awarded right here in the Treasure State.

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Veterans Day Ceremony Honors World War II Veterans
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World War II ‘Devil’s Brigade’ – Trained in Helena – Honored In D.C. Ceremony [YouTube]

WASHINGTON (AP) — In 1942, they were lumberjacks, miners, hunters and farmers from the United States and Canada, who came together at a U.S. Army base in Montana.

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Following VA Town Hall Meeting – More Confusion – Delays Over ‘Choice Cards’ [YouTube]

A small hospital in Mineral County has given voice to frustrations by area veterans over confusion and delays in using the new 'Choice Cards' touted at a town hall meeting in Missoula on January 14.

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Montana Veterans Affairs Town Hall Meeting Set This Month in Missoula

After the Veterans Affairs system faced a national scandal over long wait times for medical care, it began a system of town hall meetings to help create dialogue between VA administrators and the vets they care for.

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Steve Daines Presides Over Purple Heart Medal Ceremony in Missoula [YouTube]

Montana Congressman Steve Daines was in Missoula on Monday in the Florence Hotel Governor's Room to confer Purple Heart Medals of Valor to three veterans, one posthumously, during a Decoration Ceremony . 

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John Walsh Reminds President, Congress the “Costs of War” – Says Iraq Needs to Defend Themselves

Senator John Walsh, the only Iraq War combat veteran serving in the U.S. Senate, said Wednesday it was time for Iraq to secure and defend its own nation.

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New Driver’s License Opportunity for Montana Veterans

As of January 1, the word veteran will be appearing in red letters on many Montana driver's licenses.

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ARLINGTON, VA  - NOVEMBER 11:  Cpl. Dimitry Nussberg (C), a Marine who served in Iraq, salutes with John Horan (L), a Navy veteran who served in WWII, and David Millan (R), and Air Force veteran who served in WWII, during a Veterans Day event at Arlington National Cemetery November 11, 2007 in Arlington, Virginia.  Veterans Day is the anniversary of the Armistice which formally ended World War I and is now celebrated in the United States to honor all veterans for there service.  (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, VA - NOVEMBER 11: Cpl. Dimitry Nussberg (C), a Marine who served in Iraq, salutes with John Horan (L), a Navy veteran who served in WWII, and David Millan (R), and Air Force veteran who served in WWII, during a Veterans Day event at Arlington National Cemetery November 11, 2007 in Arlington, Virginia. Veterans Day is the anniversary of the Armistice which formally ended World War I and is now celebrated in the United States to honor all veterans for there service. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)
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Veterans Day: Honor Their Service

A WWII vet from Birmingham, Alabama named Raymond Weeks thought Armistice Day should be a day to celebrate the service of all veterans.

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Montana Veterans Going to Visit D.C. Memorial Despite Federal Shutdown

The Big Sky Honor Flight is scheduled to take 86 Montana veterans of World War II and their companions to see the memorial constructed in their honor on October 13 and October 14. However, because federal employees are in charge of maintaining the memorial, there is uncertainty over whether or not the soldiers will be granted access because of the government shutdown.

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NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 13: U.S. military veterans arrive to meet potential employers at a job fair for former servicemen and women on the campus of Rutgers University on March 13, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. Hundreds of veterans turned out to meet some 70 potential employers at the event, billed as the 'Year of the Veteran' Job and GI Bill Fair. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 13: U.S. military veterans arrive to meet potential employers at a job fair for former servicemen and women on the campus of Rutgers University on March 13, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. Hundreds of veterans turned out to meet some 70 potential employers at the event, billed as the 'Year of the Veteran' Job and GI Bill Fair. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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Veteran’s Administration Celebrates 83 Years

What many people don’t realize is that the VA is the second largest department in the US government, surpassed only by the United States Department of Defense.

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