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  • Chairman Moran Addresses Implementation of MISSION Act’s Community Care & Veteran Caregiver Assistance Programs

    Today, Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC) Chairman Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) delivered opening remarks at a hearing on the implementation of Title I under the MISSION Act with a focus on community care and veteran caregiver assistance. "The Community Care Network is central to the MISSION Act's aim to transform VA health care into an innovative and responsive 21st-century health care system capable of addressing the challenges veterans face today and providing access to the care veterans de...

  • Chairman Moran and Ranking Member Tester Applaud Senate Passage of VA Extenders Legislation

    U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) - chairman and ranking member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC) - today applauded the Senate passage of the Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2020, which passed as part of the Continuing Resolution. This legislation would extend select authorities within the committee's jurisdiction into the next fiscal year to ensure a smooth continuation of these programs. "Thousands of veterans depend on the ...

  • Chairman Moran Statement on House Passage of Groundbreaking Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Bill

    Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Ranking Member Jon Tester (D-Mont.) along with House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and Ranking Member Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), today released the following statements after the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed S.785, the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act-groundbreaking legislation to connect more veterans with critical mental health care. "Aft...

  • Senate VA Committee Advances Two Bills to Expand Veteran Benefits

    Today, the U.S. Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC) advanced two bills to provide greater access to health care for veterans who were exposed to toxic substances during their service and to expand select veteran benefits. S. 4393, the Toxic Exposure in the American Military Act of 2020 (TEAM Act), introduced by Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and co-sponsored by Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Ranking Member of SVAC, would reform the way the Department of Veterans Affairs evaluates and provides c...

  • Senator Moran Applauds Deal to Pass Landmark Veteran Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Legislation

    U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) - chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC) - today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the agreement with House Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) to pass landmark mental health and suicide prevention legislation in both the House and the Senate. The House is scheduled to pass S. 785, the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act, and H.R. 8247, the Veterans' COMPACT Act tomorrow afternoon....

  • Chairman Moran, Ranking Member Tester Introduce Annual VA Cost of Living Adjustment

    U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) - chairman and ranking member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC) - today led their committee colleagues in introducing S. 4579, the annual Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA). This bipartisan legislation would increase certain VA benefits including disability and dependent compensation, clothing allowances, and dependency and indemnity compensation to surviving spouses and children to refl...

  • Chairman Moran Calls for Focus on Veterans Ahead of Worldwide Suicide Prevention Day

    Today, Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC) Chairman Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) delivered opening remarks at a hearing on Veteran Service Organization (VSO) support for S.785, the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act, and the impact this legislation would have on the lives of veterans. "As we know from VA data, 14 out of the 20 veterans who die by suicide each day are not enrolled in the VA system," said Chairman Moran. "This bill will enable the VA to better w...

  • Sens. Moran, Tester Lead 33 Senators in Urging House Leadership to Quickly Pass Veteran Mental Health Legislation

    U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) - chairman and ranking member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC) - and 33 of their Senate colleagues today called on U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to quickly bring S.785, the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act to the floor for immediate passage. The Senate unanimously passed this legislation on August 5. Th...

  • Mental Health Organization Encourages House of Representatives to Quickly Pass S. 785

    U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) - chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC) - today shared a letter from the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) encouraging the U.S. House of Representatives to quickly pass S. 785, the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act. Sen. Moran and SVAC Ranking Member Jon Tester (D-Mont.) introduced S. 785 landmark legislation that would bolster the VA's mental health workforce and increase rural or hard-to-r...

  • Sen. Moran Applauds VSOs Letter of Support for S. 785

    U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) - chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC) - today applauded a letter from four veteran service organizations (VSOs) calling on the U.S. House of Representatives to quickly pass S. 785, the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act. Sen. Moran and SVAC Ranking Member Jon Tester (D-Mont.) introduced this landmark legislation that would bolster the VA's mental health workforce and increase rural or hard-to-reach vete...

  • Sen. Moran Calls on the Postmaster General to Prioritize Veterans as USPS Evaluates Postal Reform

    U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) - chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC) - called on Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to prioritize timely delivery of lifesaving medication to veterans as U.S. Postal Service (USPS) evaluates postal reform. "As you continue your work, I ask that you pay special attention to the relationship between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and USPS, so that together, VA and USPS can continue and improve service to veterans across the country," ...

  • Sens. Moran, Tester Bill Expanding Protections for Military Families Impacted by COVID-19 Signed Into Law

    President Donald Trump signed into law a bipartisan bill amending the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC), to provide additional legal protections for servicemembers impacted by the COVID-19. The Senators introduced this legislation earlier this year to expand SCRA protections to servicemembers who were previously issued orders t...

  • Sens. Moran, Tillis, Collins, Rounds, Daines, Lankford & Boozman Introduce Comprehensive Veterans Benefits Package

    U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) - chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC) - introduced the Veteran Benefits Enhancement and Expansion Act of 2020 to improve benefits for veterans in the areas of education, pensions, and survivor benefits, among others. This legislation is cosponsored by U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), James Lankford (R-Okla.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.). Companion legislation was introdu...

  • U.S. Senate Advances Landmark Veterans Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Legislation

    Today, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) - chairman and ranking member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC) - to improve veterans' access to mental health care. Chairman Moran spoke on the Senate floor on July 21 to urge his colleagues to quickly pass this groundbreaking legislation, which will now advance to th...

  • Sens. Moran, Tester Applaud Senate Confirmation of two Judges to U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

    Today, U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) - chairman and ranking member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC) - released the following statements applauding the Senate confirmation of Grant Jaquith and Scott Laurer to be judges for the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. "Veterans deserve fair and timely answers when they appeal decisions regarding their benefits to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims," said Chairman Moran. "The judicial review pr...

  • Congressional Veterans’ Affairs Leadership Introduce Bill to Expand Benefits for National Guard Members Responding to COVID-19

    Today, U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC), along with Representatives Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), chairman and ranking member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee (HVAC), introduced the COVID-19 Benefits for Active Duty Servicemembers, the Reserve Components, and their Survivors Act of 2020 that would expand survivor benefits for members of the National Guard who are...

  • Chairman Moran Holds Roundtable Discussion with Minority Veterans

    Today, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) - chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC) - held a roundtable discussion to address veteran equality and ways the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) can better serve women, minority and American Indian and Alaska Native veterans. "Since America's founding, women and minorities have served vital roles in our Armed Forces," said Chairman Moran. "This roundtable discussion was an important step in identifying the significant barriers tha...

  • Sen. Moran Speaks on Senate Floor to Encourage Colleagues to Support Veterans Suicide Prevention Bill

    This evening, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) - chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC) - spoke on the Senate floor to encourage his Senate colleagues to support the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act of 2019. Chairman Moran and Ranking Member Jon Tester (D-Mont.) introduced this legislation to help reduce veteran suicide and improve veterans' access to mental health care. This was one of the first pieces of legislation passed out of SVAC...

  • Moran, Tester Bill to Expand Protections for Military Families Impacted by COVID-19 Heads to President’s Desk

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation today from Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Ranking Member Jon Tester (D-Mont.) to amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) and provide additional legal protections for members of the military impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The bill now heads to the president's desk to be signed into law. The Senators' legislation expands SCRA protections to servicemembers who were previously issued ord...

  • Senators Moran, Tester & Tillis Introduce Bill to Expand VA Home Loans for National Guard

    MANHATTAN - U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Jon Tester (D-MT) introduced bicameral legislation to expand VA home loan benefits to National Guard & Reserve members by crediting service under federal Title 32 orders of the United States Code (U.S.C.) toward home loan eligibility requirements. Currently, members of the National Guard and Reserve are only eligible for the VA home loan program if they have had 90 consecutive days of active service under orders authorize...

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