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  • Tester’s Comprehensive Bill to Permanently Expand Pandemic Support to Homeless Veterans Gains

    ***VIDEO*** (U.S. Senate) - The Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee held a hearing today to solicit feedback from Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) officials and stakeholders on 21 bills, including two bills championed by Chairman Jon Tester to tackle veterans homelessness and provide alternative treatments for seen and unseen wounds of war. During the hearing, Tester highlighted his Building Solutions for Veterans Experiencing Homelessness Act-comprehensive legislation which would perma...

  • Tester Rolls Out Comprehensive Bill to Permanently Expand Pandemic Support to Homeless Veterans

    (U.S. Senate) - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester is introducing legislation today to make permanent critical pandemic-relief resources that have become essential to providing the most effective care and support to unhoused veterans and their families. This legislation will be considered tomorrow during a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing. The Chairman's Building Solutions for Veterans Experiencing Homelessness Act of 2021 would permanently cut red tape on grants p...

  • Tester Statement on Senate Confirmation of Montana Major General Matthew T. Quinn to be Under Secretary of VA for Memorial Affairs

    (U.S. Senate) - The Senate today unanimously voted to confirm Montana Major General Matthew T. Quinn to be Under Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) for Memorial Affairs with strong backing from U.S. Senator Jon Tester, Chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, who released the following statement: "General Quinn has a long history of serving our nation's military, and has demonstrated a strong commitment to providing veterans with the quality services and respect they deserve. As head...

  • Tester Questions Secretary McDonough on VA’s Efforts to Address Post-Pandemic Challenges at Budget Hearing

    ***VIDEO*** (U.S. Senate) - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester led a hearing today with Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) leaders and Veterans Service Organizations to discuss VA's proposed budget request for Fiscal Year 2022 and to assess how funds will be used to better serve veterans and their families. During the hearing, Tester questioned VA Secretary McDonough on the agency's plans to address critical problems facing the agency through additional resources, such a...

  • In Impassioned Senate Floor Speech, Tester Rails Against Delay for Four Qualified, Bipartisan Nominees to Lead VA, Including a Montanan

    ***VIDEO*** (U.S. Senate) - In an impassioned speech on the Senate floor today, Chairman Jon Tester of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee urged his colleagues to put aside party politics and confirm four pending Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) nominees, including the agency's number two official, following a partisan hold on their confirmations. "This doesn't impact me," said Tester. "But it impacts the veterans in my state-some 100,000 of them. One in ten Montanans. And it impacts vet...

  • At Oversight Hearing, Tester Urges Smart Investments in VA’s Infrastructure: ‘The need for action is clear’

    (U.S. Senate) - At a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee oversight hearing today, Chairman Jon Tester pushed the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to make smart investments in its infrastructure projects to better serve veterans in Montana and across the country. He also stressed the need to bolster the Department's internal capacity to deliver more facilities, cut red tape, and increase oversight of the agency's construction project costs. "Infrastructure funding requested by Administrations...

  • Tester Introduces Bipartisan Bill Expanding Health Care Benefits for Children of Servicemembers to Age 26

    (U.S. Senate) - 65 years after the creation of the TRICARE program, Chairman Jon Tester of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee is joining his colleagues in introducing the Health Care Fairness for Military Families Act, bipartisan legislation that would allow young adults to stay on their parents' health insurance plan to age 26 without a premium increase-a critical lifeline as the nation works to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic. "Ensuring our nation's servicemembers and their families have a...

  • Tester Announces $500,000 in American Rescue Plan Funding for Glendive Montana State Veterans Home

    (U.S. Senate) - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester today announced $500,000 in American Rescue Plan funding for the Eastern Montana Veterans' Home in Glendive to ensure high-quality care for veterans during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. "Long-term care facilities emerged as one of the most vulnerable settings for outbreaks throughout the COVID-19 crisis, leaving providers stretched thin in their fight to protect Montana veterans," said Tester. "That's why I fought tooth ...

  • Tester Announces $1 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding for Columbia Falls Montana State Veterans Home

    (U.S. Senate) - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester today announced $1 million in American Rescue Plan funding for the Montana Veterans' Home in Columbia Falls to ensure high-quality care for veterans during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. "Long-term care facilities emerged as one of the most vulnerable settings for outbreaks throughout the COVID-19 crisis, leaving providers stretched thin in their fight to protect Montana veterans," said Tester. "That's why I fought tooth ...

  • VA Improves Home Loan Assistance for Veterans & Servicemembers during COVID-19 Pandemic Following Tester, Brown, Reed Push

    (U.S. Senate) - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is making changes to the agency's proposed COVID-19 Veterans Assistance Partial Claim Payment program following a push from U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Jack Reed (D-R.I.). The program, finalized last week, will help veterans with VA-guaranteed home loans return to making normal payments after exiting a COVID-19-related forbearance. "Like others across the country, many of our nation's men and women in un...

  • Tester Pays Tribute to Nation’s Fallen Servicemembers on Memorial Day

    (Butte, Mont.) - U.S. Senator Jon Tester, Chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today attended a Memorial Day ceremony alongside veterans, local officials, and community members in Butte to pay his respects to Montana's fallen servicemembers. At the event, Tester delivered remarks and played Taps in honor of the nation's fallen heroes. "Montanans are no strangers to service," said Tester. "For generations, these brave men and women have answered the call to duty to keep us safe...

  • VA to Automatically Review Agent Orange Veterans’ Claims Following Bipartisan Push from Tester, Moran

    (U.S. Senate) - Following a bipartisan push from Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced its plans to automatically review disability claims benefits for veterans suffering from Parkinsonism, bladder cancer, and hypothyroidism-three presumptive conditions related to their exposure to Agent Orange. "I appreciate VA Secretary McDonough's leadership on this critical issue, and ...

  • Tester’s Historic Bill to Deliver Health Care & Benefits to Toxic Exposure Veterans of All Generations Clears Committee Hurdle

    (U.S. Senate) - The Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee today considered, and unanimously passed, Chairman Jon Tester's Comprehensive and Overdue Support for Troops (COST) of War Act of 2021-landmark legislation to provide generations of veterans suffering from illnesses related to their toxic exposures benefits and health care for the first time in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) history. "I'm glad my Committee colleagues on both sides of the aisle agreed today on the need to pass comprehen...

  • Tester Unveils Historic Legislation to Deliver Health Care & Disability Benefits to Toxic Exposure Veterans of All Generations

    (U.S. Senate) - Chairman Jon Tester of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee is unveiling sweeping legislation today to provide generations of veterans suffering from toxic exposures their due benefits and care for the first time in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) history. This legislation will be considered tomorrow during a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee markup. A longtime fighter for the expansion of care and benefits for toxic exposure veterans, Tester's Comprehensive and Overdue S...

  • At Confirmation Hearing for VA’s #2 Official, Tester Questions Nominee on Serving Nation’s Veterans

    (U.S. Senate) - At a confirmation hearing today for various top positions at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester questioned Donald M. Remy on his qualifications to serve the nation's veterans as Deputy Secretary. "Mr. Remy, it's no secret that VA faces its share of challenges," said Tester. "If confirmed, you will hold the second most important position at the second largest government agency. What is your motivation to serve in this p...

  • Tester, Murray Raise Concerns Over Tightened Eligibility & Delayed Roll-Out of VA Caregivers Program

    (U.S. Senate) - Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) are expressing concerns over the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) tightened eligibility and delayed roll-out of its Caregivers Program. Congress expanded the Caregivers Program to veterans of all eras under the VA MISSION Act of 2018. Since the law's implementation, VA has reported more than 70,000 applications for the Caregivers Program, 27,000 of which were denied. D...

  • VA to Review Blue Water Navy Claims for Vietnam Veterans Following Push from Tester

    (U.S. Senate) - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will begin immediately readjudicating Blue Water Navy claims for veterans who served in the offshore waters of Vietnam following a push from Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester. This review is part of the Veterans Benefits Administration's implementation of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California order to readjudicate previously denied claims, per the Nehmer vs. U.S. Department of V...

  • At Hearing, Tester Urges VA to Make Disability Compensation Process More Veterans-focused

    ***VIDEO*** (U.S. Senate) - Chairman Jon Tester urged the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to keep its focus on disabled veterans as the Department addresses challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic during a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing today. Due to COVID-19-related closures and suspension of services, the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) announced a spike and a claims inventory of more than 500,000 as of May 1. "Disabled veterans must have confidence their claims...

  • VA Announces Walk-in COVID-19 Vaccinations For Veterans, Spouses, & Caregivers Following Tester, Moran Efforts

    (U.S. Senate) - Building off Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Ranking Member Jerry Moran's (R-Kan.) successful effort to expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to veterans and their families, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it is accepting walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations nationwide for eligible veterans, spouses, and caregivers. VA began administering COVID-19 vaccines to all veterans, spouses, and caregivers last month as a result of ...

  • Tester Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Ensure Transparency for VA COVID-19 Relief Funds

    (Big Sandy, Mont.) - Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Jon Tester recently introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation requiring the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to report to Congress on the emergency funding provided to the Department to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Senator's VA Transparency & Trust Act of 2021 would direct VA to submit bi-weekly reports to Congress on how COVID-19 relief funds are allocated-providing committee leaders strong oversight over ...

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