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Collins wants veterans’ posts to be eligible for federal grants

Staff Reports Posted 8 May 2015 at 12:00 am

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressmen Chris Collins, R-Clarence, has joined two other members of Congress in introducing legislation that would allow federal funds to help veterans maintain their meeting halls and posts.

The Renovate and Enhance Veterans’ Meeting Halls and Posts (REVAMP) Act would make up to $200,000 available for projects. The money would come from the existing pot of money through the Community Development Block Grants program. This legislation does not add to the deficit, Collins said.

Collins is working with U.S. Reps. Peter King (NY-02), and Keith Rothfus (PA-12) in introducing and promoting the legislation. The proposal would make it easier to secure funding for maintenance and improvements to veterans’ meeting halls and posts.

“Ensuring our veteran organizations have the resources needed to maintain and improve their facilities is the least we can do in return for the service they have given to our country,” Collins said.

He will have a news conference at 11 a.m. on Saturday in Batavia at the Veness-Strollo VFW Post 1602, 25 Edwards St.