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  • Tester, Moran Urge VA Action to Safeguard Veterans’ Earned Compensation and Pension Benefits

    (U.S. Senate) - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) are urging Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Denis McDonough to protect veterans from losing their earned compensation and pension benefits as a result of administrative and mailing issues in the federal government. "Veterans may be at risk of losing their earned compensation and pension benefits as a result of administrative and mailing issues at the Department ...

  • Tester, Moran Hold Roundtable Discussion with Stakeholders on Improving Suicide Prevention Efforts and the Veteran Transition

    (U.S. Senate) - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-Kans.) today hosted a roundtable discussion with veterans stakeholders and advocates to discuss measures to improve the servicemember-to-veteran transition and suicide prevention efforts. "Today, we continued the critical conversation of how to address the biggest hurdles facing servicemembers as they transition to civilian life, and how we can better support them in the long term,...

  • More Than 1.2 Million Veterans Received Medical Debt Relief Following Tester-backed American Rescue Plan

    (U.S. Senate) - Following efforts from U.S. Senator Jon Tester, Chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that more than 1.2 million veterans across the country received health care copayments and medical billing relief during the COVID-19 pandemic as a result of the American Rescue Plan. "I'm proud to have fought for funding in the American Rescue Plan to help more than a million veterans during this pandemic without going into debt o...

  • Tester, Boozman Mark One Year Anniversary of Deborah Sampson Act

    (U.S. Senate) - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-Ark.) released the following statements on the one-year anniversary of the signing of their landmark Deborah Sampson Act: "Today, we mark the first anniversary of the signing of the Deborah Sampson Act-a historic moment for nearly two million women veterans who will receive expanded access to quality health care and benefits under this law," said Tester. "The provisions we secured l...

  • In First Year as Chairman, Tester Delivers Key Legislative Wins for Veterans

    ***VIDEO*** (U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senator Jon Tester successfully introduced, spearheaded, and sent eight veterans' bills to the President's desk to be signed into law in his first year as Chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee. These new laws are part of Tester's years-long push, and continued commitment, to deliver stronger care, benefits, and services to veterans in Montana and nationwide through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). "We have a shared responsibility as a natio...

  • Tester Leads Bipartisan Effort to Increase Transparency of VA Health Record Modernization

    (U.S. Senate) - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester recently introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation with Ranking Member Jerry Moran to increase transparency surrounding the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM) program. Earlier this year, Tester publicly responded to deficiencies reported by the VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) that raised concerns surrounding the deployment of the EHRM program. Two of the reports raised i...

  • Chairman Tester Statement on the Passing of Senator Johnny Isakson

    (Big Sandy, Mont.) - U.S. Senator Jon Tester, Chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today released the following statement on the passing of former U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson: "Johnny Isakson was a true statesman, a fierce advocate for veterans, and a good friend that you rarely find. It was one of the great honors of my lifetime to serve alongside him on the Veterans' Affairs Committee, and I'm keeping Dianne and his whole family in my prayers."...

  • Tester, Cortez Masto Legislation Protecting Benefits for Student Veterans Heads to President’s Desk

    (U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D- Mont.) and Catherine Cortez Masto's (D-Nev.) Responsible Education Mitigating Option and Technical Extensions (REMOTE) Act is on its way to President Biden's desk following unanimous passage in the Senate today. This vital piece of legislation will ensure that student veterans can access their full housing allowances while pursuing education remotely during the pandemic. These housing benefits were set to be cut by almost half this month, which would ...

  • Tester Leads Committee in Advancing 25 Veterans Bills and Nominee to Head VA’s Office of Information and Technology

    ***VIDEO*** (U.S. Senate) - The Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee today cleared 25 bills to better serve veterans nationwide-including 11 priorities authored by Chairman Jon Tester to deliver stronger benefits and health care under the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Committee also advanced Kurt D. DelBene to serve as VA's Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology-a position responsible for delivering adaptable, secure, and cost-effective technology services to VA employees a...

  • Tester, Moran Carry Out Bipartisan Push to Tackle Veterans’ Claims Backlog

    (U.S. Senate) - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) are introducing bipartisan legislation today to tackle the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) claims backlog and provide veterans with timelier access to their earned benefits. The Senators' bill received strong backing from VA during a Committee hearing last month. The Senators' Veterans Benefits Improvement Act of 2021 would bolster employee recruitment for the Board of V...

  • At Confirmation Hearing, Tester Questions VA Nominee Tapped to Lead VA’s Office of Information and Technology

    ***VIDEO*** (U.S. Senate) - During a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing today, Chairman Jon Tester questioned Kurt D. DelBene on his qualifications to serve as Assistant Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for Information and Technology (IT)-a position responsible for the vision, management, and operation of the Agency's Office of Information and Technology. If confirmed, DelBene will be tasked with delivering adaptable, secure, and cost-effective technology services ...

  • Tester, Moran Take Bipartisan Action to Bolster Post-9/11 Veterans’ Access to Mental Health Care

    (U.S. Senate) - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) are taking bipartisan action to improve mental health services and care for post-9/11 veterans and all generations of veterans. The Senators recently introduced the Post-9/11 Veterans' Mental Health Care Improvement Act of 2021 to bolster the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) mental health care workforce, provide expanded sleep disorder care and services at VA Vet Centers,...

  • VA Announces Zero-Tolerance for Sexual Harassment Following Bipartisan Push from Tester, Boozman

    (U.S. Senate) - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is announcing a new, zero-tolerance policy for sexual harassment following a bipartisan push from Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-Ark.) to make the agency more inclusive, welcoming, and safe for women veterans and for all. "Passage of our bipartisan Deborah Sampson Act sent a very important message that Congress came together to deliver a law that supports the women who brav...

  • At End-of-Year Hearing, Tester Questions VA Secretary on Department’s Top Goals, Warns of Failure to Fund Veterans’ Priorities

    ***VIDEO*** (U.S. Senate) - Chairman Jon Tester today led a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing to evaluate the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) ongoing work and future priorities for our nation's veterans. During the hearing, Tester questioned VA Secretary Denis McDonough on the implications for veterans and their families if Congress fails to pass the Senate Appropriations Committee-passed Fiscal Year 2022 VA funding bill-critical legislation to fund government operations. "It ap...

  • At White House, Tester’s Bipartisan Bill Expanding In-State Tuition Benefits for Veterans’ Surviving Family Members is Signed into Law

    (U.S. Senate) - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester today joined his colleagues at the White House for the singing of four veterans' bills-including Tester's bipartisan Colonel John M. McHugh Tuition Fairness for Survivors Act that expands in-state tuition eligibility for the families of veterans who die from service-connected disabilities. This legislation passed the House earlier this month following successful passage in the Senate on June 25, 2021. "Today marks a huge ste...

  • On Senate Floor, Tester Blasts Partisan Block of Critical Resources to Support Military and Veterans

    ***VIDEO*** (U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senator Jon Tester, Chairman of both the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense and Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today blasted his Republican colleagues on the Senate floor for shirking their most fundamental responsibility and blocking must-pass, critical funding legislation to support the nation's military and veterans. "Let's all work together. Let's not play irresponsible political games with our military and with our veterans and with ever...

  • Tester, Moran, Takano Push VA to Clarify New Guidance on GI Bill Rule to Protect Student Veterans

    (U.S. Senate) - To better protect student veterans nationwide, Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), and House Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) are urging Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Denis McDonough to review and clarify recent changes to the 85/15 Rule as well as work with schools to ensure VA's new guidelines are implemented correctly, without interruption to veterans' and their dependents' educ...

  • Four Tester Priorities Gain Traction in Committee, Including Efforts to Address the Claims Backlog, Improve Rural Veterans’ Disability Medical Exams, and Strengthen Oversight of VA

    ***VIDEO*** (U.S. Senate) - The Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee held a hearing today to solicit feedback from Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) officials and Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) on 21 pending veterans proposals-including four priorities authored by Chairman Jon Tester to tackle the growing claims backlog, improve rural veterans' disability medical exams, strengthen oversight of VA, and bring parity to National Guard and Reservists' education benefits. During the hearing,...

  • Tester, Moran Champion Bipartisan Bill to Improve Rural Veterans’ Access to Medical Disability Examinations

    (U.S. Senate) - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) are championing bipartisan legislation to improve rural veterans' access to medical disability examinations. Geography or mobility issues often limit rural and housebound veterans' access to quality and timely medical disability examinations. The Senators' Reform and Update Rural Access to Local (RURAL) Exams Act of 2021 aims to address this inequity by increasing transparenc...

  • Tester Celebrates Veterans Day in Butte

    (Butte, Mont.) - U.S. Senator Jon Tester, Chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today joined veterans, local officials, and community members at the United Veterans Council's annual Veterans Day ceremony in Butte to celebrate and honor Montana's veterans. "Today is about more than just paying our respects-it's about doing right by our fighting men and women both during and after their time in uniform," said Tester. "This means making sure veterans have access to quality health car...

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