Montana’s Largest Paper Endorses Walsh Plan to Prevent Veteran Suicide
Daines still focused on protecting millionaires instead of men & women in uniform
(Helena, MT) –Montana’s largest newspaper supported Senator John Walsh’s plan to prevent veteran suicide in an editorial published today.
The Billings Gazette wrote:
"It isn’t surprising that the first Iraq combat veteran to serve in the U.S. Senate would champion the cause of suicide prevention. And it is especially fitting that Walsh has introduced the legislation because Montana has long been a leader in upgrading suicide and PTSD screening for warriors returning from combat… As head of the Montana National Guard, Walsh himself oversaw implementation of the Yellow Ribbon Campaign designed to connect guardsmen and families to mental health resources."
Walsh, the first Iraq War veteran to serve in the U.S. Senate, announced the Suicide Prevention for America’s Veterans Act last week. It includes measures to ensure combat veterans can access mental health services after they are discharged and improves the quality of care available.
Senator Jon Tester has signed on as a co-sponsor of the bill.
Meanwhile, Congressman Daines remains focused on protecting millionaires instead military service members.
The new Ryan budget released today maintains tax cuts for millionaires and even reduces corporate tax breaks. Daines supported the original Ryan budget that similarly protected wealth over the middle class and vulnerable – including veterans.
Here’s an overview of his record:
- Daines voted against increasing pay for active duty troops and reserves though he opposed suspending his own pay if the budget cut benefits for veterans.
- Daines voted against funding for veterans health and benefit programs though Montana’s veteran population is among the highest in the country.
- Daines voted against adding $9.2 million in funding to help reduce the veterans disability claims backlog though veterans face nearly a quarter-million appeal backlog.
- Daines voted to cut food assistance to 170,000 veterans.