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  • Isakson Reaffirms Commitment to Fulfilling our Promise to America’s Women Veterans

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today called on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to strengthen its programs and health care for women veterans. "Women play an important role in our United States military and the defense of our country," said Isakson. “They fight in every capacity possible, they volunteer in every capacity possible, and they do a great job. We need to make sure we’re doing the same.” A...

  • Isakson, Blumenthal Call for Investigation of Outrageous Construction Costs at Colorado VA Hospital

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, respectively, this week wrote to the Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Veterans Affairs requesting they commence an independent investigation into the Denver VA Hospital and its cost overruns and delays. The letter asks that the Inspector General’s office examine the entire construction process, from identifying...

  • As Unacceptably-long Wait Times for Veterans Persist, Isakson, Blumenthal Call on VA Secretary to Provide Detailed Plan on Use, Integration of Care Outside VA System

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, respectively, today wrote to Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald to request he provide clear guidance to local VA medical centers and their patients regarding options for veterans to receive health care from local, community-based providers outside of VA hospitals and facilities. "Non-VA care is used by VA to reduce and...

  • Isakson to VA: Unacceptable to Tell Veteran ‘We Can’t Help’

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today called on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to act quickly to implement a more sensible interpretation of the Veterans’ Choice distance criteria to allow veterans better access to health care. At a committee hearing held today, March 24, 2015, Isakson raised concerns over how the VA has implemented the distance criteria that was included in sweeping reforms passed last year ...

  • Isakson, Blumenthal Statement on VA’s Expansion of Veterans’ Choice Program

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, respectively, today released the following statement regarding the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) announced change to the Veterans’ Choice Program's "40-mile rule:" “We welcome this important change to a program that is intended to help ensure thousands of veterans have access to affordable, accessible, quality healt...

  • Isakson, Blumenthal Demand Answers, Accountability for Skyrocketing Denver VA Construction Costs

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, respectively, today called on the Department of Veterans Affairs and Secretary Robert McDonald to address the ongoing problems that have plagued the replacement Denver VA Medical Center hospital, including mismanagement that has led to hundreds of millions in cost overruns and repeated delays. On Tuesday, March 17, 2015, the VA announced th...

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