Area veterans packed a bus that departed shortly after 11 a.m. Thursday en route to a legislative hearing in Helena.
All 56 seats were filled on the Tucker Transportation bus as veterans traveled to the Capital in a show of support for House Bill 296.
The bill, introduced by state Rep. Jon Sesso of Butte, aims to extend the amount of money collected by the state cigarette tax to build a proposed veterans' home in the Mining City to serve southwest Montana.
The state portion will serve as a match for federal funds to build the $8.9 million facility.
Chief Executive Paul Babb accompanied the veterans to the Thursday hearing, but drove his own vehicle because there wasn't room on the bus.
The hearing on House Bill 296 begins at 3 p.m. in the State Capital, room 102.