In a bill introduced June 30 by Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., it’s a scenario of simple math.
Having one for every 5,000 square miles compared to one every 22,600 square miles is a much better fit.
The bill looks to increase access to experts who can help rural veterans with employment opportunities. Tester’s Montana is a prime example where the current system doesn’t work. Currently the state he represents is the fourth-largest state in the nation and has six job counselors that cover the 22,000-plus square miles each.
“This is another good example of how a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t cut it for Montana,” Tester said. “The needs of veterans in rural Montana are far different from the needs of a veteran in an urban area. My bill is a step towards making sure that Montana’s veterans have equal access to the resources available as they look for work after their military service.”
His bill is asking the Department of Labor to hire more experts to the tune of one every 5,000 square miles, which would give Montana veterans access to 23 full-time counselors according to a press release.
The bill passed the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, which Tester is Montana’s only member of, on June 29.