Sen. Angus King tours Bangor veterans facilities to help make case for increased funding

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By Nok-Noi Ricker

U.S. Sen. Angus King spent a portion of his 71st birthday visiting the Maine Veterans’ Home in Bangor, a place he helped to dedicate two decades ago when he was governor.

After 20 years, the place is starting to show its age, and King, an independent, said there is just not enough money in the president’s fiscal year 2016 budget to help with renovations. That is why he and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, are advocating for increased construction grant funding to improve infrastructure at veterans homes and to expand and improve access.

“Susan Collins and I are trying to get it pumped up,” King said Tuesday in the lobby of the Maine Veterans’ Home on Hogan Road after getting a tour of the campus and talking with employees and veterans. “It’s a bad time to be cutting veterans benefits.”

The Department of Veterans Affairs got $90 million for construction grants last year and the president’s budget calls for $10 million less, King said.

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