November 10, 1969 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD- SENATE 814011
Mr. MANSFIELD. Mr. President, will
the Senator yield?
Mr. PASTORE. I yield.
Mr. MANSFIELD. Mr. President. before
the Senator gets into the main part
of his speech I wish to ask a question
about the Veterans' Administration hospital
at Fort Harrison, Mont.
I have been receiving a number of
communications from various veterans'
organizations and individual veterans in
Montana about the fact that the VeLerans'
Administration at Fort Harrison
has closed a 40-unit wing, stating they
could give better service with the remaining
facility. That may be true or it
may not be true, but the fear on the part
of veterans in Montana--and the State
covers approximately 148,000 square
miles--is that the Veterans' Administration
is using this as a first step to close
down permanently this 40-unit wing,
thereby reducing Lhe capability of Fort
Harrison to take care of the needs of
veterans in Montana. Can the distinguished
chairman of the committee give
me some information on this particular
Mr. PASTORE. Yes, I would be delighted
to do so.
Mr. President, the distinguished Senator
from Montana raised the same question
at the markup in full committee.
Pursuant to that statement we had the
staff check into it in detail. The staff
took the matter up with the proper
agency and the proper autho1ities therein.
We have been assured that that particular
wing is closed temporarily because
of the lack of patients, but it is
available and will be available, and it i~
not to be abandoned.
Mr. MANSFIELD. I could not ask for
more of an assurance than that. On behalf
of the veterans of Montana I wish
to thank the chairman of the committee,
the Senator from Rhode Island I Mr.
PASTORE) for his assurance that this 40-
unit wing will not be abandoned .
Mr. PASTORE. It was a pleasure to
make the inquiry and gain that assur-
Mike Mansfield Papers, Series 21, Box 45, Folder 30, Mansfield Library, University of Montana
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