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VA Secretary McDonough to Tour Montana with Sen. Tester

Veteran Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough is scheduled to visit Montana over three days this week for meetings with veterans

By Associated Press

BILLINGS – Veteran Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough is scheduled to visit Montana over three days this week for meetings with veterans, VA employees and others during his first official trip as a Cabinet Secretary.

McDonough was invited to Montana by Democratic Sen. Jon Tester, the newly-named chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Tester and McDonough be at a VA facility in Billings on Monday, travel Tuesday to Montana State University in Bozeman and the Southwest Montana Veterans home in Butte, and end their tour Wednesday at Fort Harrison in Helena, according to VA spokesperson Terrence Hayes.

In addition to meetings with veterans, their families and caregivers, McDonough will talk about the Biden administration’s $1.9 trillion COVID relief package and its proposal for $2.3 trillion in infrastructure spending, Hayes said.

McDonough was President Barack Obama’s chief of staff. He replaced Robert Wilkie, who served as VA secretary under President Donald Trump.

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