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House Passes Critical Veterans Bill
Bill Also Strengthens Georgia Military Installations

Washington, June 8, 2018 - Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) today voted for and the House passed the fiscal year 2019 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill, which provides annual funding for military construction projects and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

“This bill upholds our sacred promise to care for our veterans,” said Rep. Graves. “It makes unprecedented investments in rural healthcare, opioid addiction treatment and other important services. It also includes measures to increase accountability and transparency at the VA, which will help ensure veterans receive care in a timely manner and that anyone who acts inappropriately is held accountable. This bill puts veterans and their families first.”

Specifically, the bill provides $194.5 billion in total funding for the VA, which serves more than 20 million veterans. Importantly, the bill targets new funding toward rural healthcare, suicide prevention, homeless veterans services and opioid abuse treatment.

Additionally, the bill provides $99 million for a Cyber Instructional Facility at Fort Gordon and $13.6 million for a Navy Reserve Training Center at Fort Benning, both of which strengthen Georgia’s contribution to our national defense.

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