Tester to Hold VA Listening Session in Kalispell

Veterans encouraged to attend and share their thoughts on the VA

By Beacon Staff

Montana U.S. Sen. Jon Tester will be in Kalispell on Sunday, June 22, for a listening session about the recent troubles with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Montana veterans are encouraged to join Tester to share their thoughts on ways to improve the VA and build on the department’s strengths, Tester’s camp reported on June 18.

The Kalispell listening session will be held at Flathead Valley Community College in the Art and Technology Building on Sunday, June 22 at 1:15 p.m.

In a previous interview, Tester said he would like to see prosecutions in cases of intentional misconduct in the VA.

“We’re putting some money toward the inspector general; there’s been a lot of allegations, we need to find out what the facts are,” Tester said. “We’re also supporting language that if there’s criminal wrongdoing, to have the Department of Justice step up. If people kept veterans out intentionally, they need to pay the price.”

The listening tour is part of Tester’s overall plan to delve into the deeply rooted problems of the VA.

“Montana’s veterans don’t mince words, they don’t candy-coat,” Tester said. “(These sessions) really allow us to get the straight, clear information.”

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