Sen. Tester in Helena to open Vet Center

Sen. Jon Tester will join Helena area veterans this afternoon to celebrate the grand opening of the Helena Vet Center that he secured.

The Helena Vet Center provides peer-to-peer services in a confidential setting outside of the VA health care system.

In 2011, Tester highlighted the increased need for mental health care services for Montana veterans and began pushing the VA to establish a Vet Center here.

In December 2016, Tester successfully secured the funding required and subsequently pushed Secretary Bob McDonald to establish the center.

In 2009, Tester also secured funding for a VA Vet Centers in Kalispell and Great Falls.