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My name is Tyler Heath, and I work in the public outreach department of The Mesothelioma Center I came across your site while looking for organizations to reach out to about mesothelioma and asbestos exposure. As a result of the military's past reliance on asbestos, veterans account for an estimated 30 percent of all mesothelioma patients. Our organization, the Mesothelioma Center, provides free information, resources and personal assistance to those who have been affected by mesothelioma and asbestos exposure. I noticed you have a veterans-related resources page at and thought that you might be interested in adding our organization as well. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

God Bless!

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Tyler Heath
Public Outreach
Mesothelioma Center at

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Vanguard Emergency Mangement info flyer

Sep 19 Disaster Relief available for DAV members info flyer
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Nov 21 From: "VA Office of Economic Opportunity" <>
Date: November 21, 2017 at 3:10:02 PM MST
Subject: VA & CFPB Warning on Refinancing Offers

Colleagues and Fellow Veterans,

The VA Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan (IRRRL) lowers your interest rate by refinancing your existing VA home loan. During FY17, VA guaranteed over 190,000 home loans under this program. In FY 2017, there were nearly 1,500 lenders that participate in the VA Home Loan program.

Regrettably, some lenders have taken advantage of Servicemembers and Veterans with VA home loans in the past. They have sent unsolicited offers to refinance VA mortgages with misleading advertising. If you have a VA home loan, there is a good chance you have already come into contact with unsolicited offers which appear official and may sound too good to be true.

The VA and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) have issued their first Warning Order to Servicemembers and Veterans who currently have a VA home loan, as we have found that some of you are being targeted with misleading advertising.

Understand that certain advertised benefits, such as no out-of-pocket closing costs, skipped mortgage payments, and escrow refunds, are costs that are generally added to your loan and increase the overall principal balance. These are all red flags that may indicate that the loan is less likely to benefit you. Before you proceed with a VA mortgage refinance, be sure to consider the long-term and short-term benefits and consequences of refinancing your loan.

If you are contacted to refinance your VA mortgage, carefully consider your options and ask questions:
Does a lower interest rate extend the term (i.e., 30-year fixed rate to another 30-year fixed rate)?
What are the financial implications when choosing between a fixed term and an adjustable rate mortgage loan?
What is your total payback for the new loan vs. the original loan?
Do offers of skipped payments or cash back ultimately get added to my loan amount?
If you have a problem with a VA mortgage refinance or other mortgage issues, you can submit a complaint to the CFPB online or by calling (855) 411-CFPB (2372). Please also see VA/CFPB’s blog on this topic at:

We are working hard, along with other government agencies, to identify, stop, and prevent illegal and misleading advertising related to VA mortgages and refinancing. If you have questions that aren’t being answered by your lender, please get a second opinion from another lender, or call a VA loan specialist who is available to assist you from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday at (877) 827-3702.

As always, thank you for your service.


Curtis L. Coy
Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity
Veterans Benefits Administration
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Washington, DC 20420
VA Core Values: Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect, Excellence (“I CARE”)

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Nov 29 From: Casey, Amanda (Tester) []
Sent: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 3:13 PM
Subject: FW: VIDEO RELEASE: Tester: Replace Veterans Choice Program with Bipartisan Community Care Plan

Hello friends,
Below is something I thought you all would like to see. Thank you for all that you have done.


November 29, 2017

Marneé Banks | 202.604.5521
Dave Kuntz | 202.224.8544
Luke Jackson | 406.702.5484


Tester: Replace Veterans Choice Program with Bipartisan Community Care Plan
Senator’s Bill Puts Health Care Decisions in the Hands of Veterans and Their Doctors

(U.S. Senate) – Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Jon Tester today led a Senate markup on his bipartisan bill to streamline the VA’s community care programs and bolster VA care for veterans.

Tester’s Caring for Our Veterans Act phases out the Choice Program while creating a single, easy-to-navigate VA community care system. It also allows the VA to invest in its medical staff and infrastructure to better serve veterans in rural areas like Montana.

“Our bill ends the Choice Program as we know it today and puts veterans at the center of their health care decisions,” said Tester. “Instead of forcing veterans into a one-size-fits-all system, this plan allows them to choose with their doctors the health care that works best for them. This bill was crafted through close collaboration and compromise with veterans and advocates, Republicans and Democrats. I look forward to thorough debate on this bill so veterans in Montana have a health care system that works for them.”

Tester’s Caring for Our Veterans Act modifies veterans’ access to care in their communities by:
Merging the seven VA community care programs into one program that puts the veteran and their doctor at the center of medical decisions.
Improving accountability and transparency of VA’s spending and third party administrators like Health Net.
Providing veterans with convenient access to walk-in clinics for non-urgent health care needs.

Tester’s bill will also bolster the VA’s capacity to care for veterans by:
Incentivizing medical staff to work at rural, underserved and tribal VA facilities, and deploying mobile teams to provide additional care.
Removing barriers for veterans to access telemedicine, including mental health care, closer to home.
Bringing more nurses and heart-and-lung specialists to work at the VA, and clinical staff to work at Vet Centers.

The bill also extends the VA’s caregiver support program to veterans of all eras.

Members of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee today met to offer amendments to Tester’s bill. During that meeting, the Committee voted to send the bill to the Floor for full Senate consideration.

The American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Military Officers Association of America, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Wounded Warrior Project have endorsed Tester’s Caring for Our Veterans Act.

Nov 29 Veteran ID cards
Dec 1

“Millions Unaware of New TRICARE Costs: The VFW released the results of a survey this week that confirmed that potentially millions of military TRICARE beneficiaries are still unaware that in one month their health care program costs are about to increase. The VFW survey was conducted between Oct. 26 and Nov. 8, with more than 11,800 responses tallied. Only 48 percent of respondents were aware of any TRICARE program changes, which take effect in the new year. Thirty percent of respondents identified themselves as TRICARE Prime users, but only 12 percent reported being aware that Prime co-payments for military retirees were increasing. TRICARE reports 4.6 million beneficiaries in its Prime category, and 1.94 million using either TRICARE Standard or Extra. The changes were mandated by the fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. Also beginning Jan. 1, TRICARE Select replaces TRICARE Standard and Extra, and with it comes a new flat-rate co-payment and enrollment fee. VFW National Commander Keith Harman said “I can only hope DOD ups their game to fill in the notification gaps before the Jan. 1 implementation date.” Learn more here.” (

Very Respectfully,

Mark P. Gollinger
Disabled Veteran Outreach Program (DVOP)/Veterans Representative

Montana Department of Labor & Industry
Job Service Butte
PHONE (406) 494-0316 | FAX (406) 494-5481

Jan 2018

Toys for Tots - email from Tammy Weatherholtz/ - Detachment #724 2017 recap



Mar 2018 Montana Conservation Corps / Veteran Green Corps - Job opportunites
meeting March 20 Help with Enegy Bills
  Helmets to Hardhats
April 27, 201

Butte Commuinty Action Team ( see flyer here)

Trainers for each are as follows:

YMHFA, 5/10: Dan Larson and Sarah Trang
AMHFA, 6/14: Laura Cross and Diane Banks Mohr
Signs of Suicide, 7/12: Dan Foley and Dan Larson
Signs of Sucicide, 9/13: Dan Foley and Ashley Choquette
ACES, 10/11: Laura Cross and Molly Molloy
AMHFA: 11/8: Laura Cross and Diane Banks Mohr
YMHFA, 12/13: Emily Jonart and Ashley Choquette


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