Honorable Steve Kagen, M.D.

Wisconsin's former 8th District Representative

January 4, 2007 to December 22, 2010

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Kagen Secures Funds for Local Veterans

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KAGEN  SECURES  FUNDS  FOR  LOCAL  VETERANS

March 30, 2009

Waupaca, WI — Congressman Steve Kagen, M.D. is protecting our veterans as we put our nation on the path to economic recovery.  Kagen announced that the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King will receive $2,278,600 through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

“I am working hard to support our veterans before, during and after they serve in harm’s way,” said Kagen. “The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is transformational legislation because it invests in so many critical areas including our brave veterans.  Your tax dollars belong right here, boosting our economy in Waupaca, not overseas.  I am proud to be bringing these funds home for our brave veterans.”

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides funding for National and State Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities and National Veterans Cemeteries, provides grants to assist states in acquiring or constructing state nursing homes and domiciliaries, and to remodel, modify or alter existing facilities to care for Veterans.

“We could not have taken this forward without Congressman Kagen,” Wisconsin Veterans Administration Secretary Ken Black said.  “This center is important because it’s a large, family-rooted system.”

Wisconsin State Veterans Home at King will use these funds for three projects: A residential lift system, a security monitoring system and the remodeling of laundry facilities.

“The Congressman has always made veterans a priority,” Veterans Center Commandant Bill Crowley said. “I’m here to tell you he dedicates himself to us, both in Washington and here in Wisconsin. This exemplifies what he’s done for us.  This is significant.”

In addition, the Veterans Administration (VA) will make a one-time payment of $250 dollars to eligible disabled Veterans and survivors to help mitigate the effects of the current economy.  The VA estimates $700 million in payments will be made, beginning in June 2009.

As part of his ongoing commitment to our men and women in uniform, Congressman Kagen recently joined a bi-partisan effort in Congress to defeat a provision in the upcoming budget that would force veterans to use their private insurance to pay for the treatment of service related conditions.

 

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