Posted: Oct 26, 2013 5:50 PM by KBZK News
BOZEMAN - Members of MT's Congressional Delegate were in town on Friday to present and receive honors.
Congressman Steve Daines was in Bozeman on Friday helping the Gallatin Valley find ways to get its vets back into the job market.
Early Friday morning, he sat down with veteran service providers at Bozeman's Job Service Center.
Daines believes vets would make great educators and role models, he wants to get more of them into teaching positions.
In addition to helping them find jobs, Daines would like to see more help offered to vets when it comes to cutting through the bureaucracy to get the benefits they need.
Daines says Montana has the second highest veteran population per capita in the US and says many people forget that.
"We have a passionate veteran community here and it's so important we keep listening to the issues the veterans have, the issues that they have when they return from combat and so forth make sure they get reintegrated back into our communities, make sure they get jobs and make sure that not only our veterans are taken care of but that their families are taken care of as well," Daines said.
Of those actively searching for employment on Bozeman's Job Service website, about 10 percent are veterans.
Another member of the MT Congressional delegate, Senator Baucus was also in Bozeman on Friday.
Senator Baucus was in town to receive the Friend of MSU award.
MSU honored Baucus for his dedication to supporting agriculture in Montana. The award is given to someone who is respected in the agriculture community, is an industry leader and an advocate for public and private Montana producers.
Baucus touched on the importance of exporting Montana goods like wheat and beef and breaking down trade barriers with foreign countries. This is the last stop on his Farm Bill discussion tour, which he will take up when he gets back to Washington D.C.
"We have a lot of other industries in Montana that are just terrific, they're wonderful. But ag is number one, going to continue to be number one and everybody wants more jobs, more better paying jobs," Baucus said.
"So my number one job is to get more income for Montana so that's going to help."
Baucus will be part of the joint Farm Bill Conference Committee, who will try to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the farm legislation.