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Montana veterans reflect on midterm elections

Posted at 9:25 AM, Nov 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-13 11:27:11-05

BOZEMAN – Over the course of the midterm elections, veterans and veterans affairs was a hot-button topic.

MTN News talked with Montana veterans to find out what they thought about being a key issue in the elections and what they believe to be the biggest issues they face.

“They actually need to take the Veterans Administration off the political football field, because they keep playing around with it and trying to make political statements with it instead of just working with veterans,” US Army veteran Randy Kemp said.

“Legislation is a place to do what they need to do. Now the thing is it has to get funded and they have to get staffed and those are not very easy to do. They are the important things to do,” commented Vietnam veteran John Kozicki.

“I am going to the VA for my medical care. They have been very good to me. The only thing that I think needs to be improved on is the speed in which they make things happen.,” Vietnam veteran Arlen Tofslie told MTN News on Monday.

“I think the biggest thing is to reach out to the older vets that, aren’t as aware as the newer vets of what is available can be done for them.,” said US Air Force veteran Patricia Baegra.

Everyone that we did talk to did say they believe Montana does more than most states for its veterans but also said that there is still work to be done.