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  • Tester, Moran, Manchin, Boozman Urge Reforms to Increase Oversight of VA Medical Facilities Nationwide

    (U.S. Senate) - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.) are urging Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Denis McDonough to address oversight failures at medical facilities across the country. "We write to discuss oversight failures at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities," the Senators wrote in a letter to McDonough. "In particular, we are conc...

  • Tester, Moran Statement Following Reported Decrease in Veteran Suicides Nationwide

    (U.S. Senate) - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) issued the following statement today after the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released its National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report, revealing a decrease in veteran suicides from 2018 to 2019: "This report makes clear that VA's ongoing efforts to improve mental health and suicide prevention have made a tangible, life-saving impact on our nation's veterans. While...

  • Tester, Moran Address Veterans of Afghanistan and Their Families Following Completed U.S. Military Withdrawal

    (U.S. Senate) - Following the United States military's withdrawal from Afghanistan earlier this week, Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) expressed their unyielding support and gratitude in a bipartisan letter to veterans of Afghanistan and their families. "Over the past two decades, you, your fellow servicemembers, and your families have sacrificed greatly while fulfilling your mission in Afghanistan," wrote the Senators. "...

  • Tester Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Expand GI Bill Benefits for Montana Guardsmen and Reservists

    (U.S. Senate) - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester recently introduced bipartisan legislation to expand GI Bill benefits to select National Guard and Reserve duty statuses. The Senator's Guard, Reserve, and Active Duty (GRAD) Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Educational Assistance Parity Act would permit additional federal active duty service performed by guardsmen and reservists under certain duty statuses to count towards their GI Bill eligibility. "Members of the Nati...

  • Tester Secures More Than $5.8 Million to Assist Homeless Montana Veterans

    (U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senator Jon Tester, Chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today announced more than $5.8 million in federal funding to help end veterans homelessness in Montana. Tester secured these funds as part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The $5,825,234 grant comes from the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for the Volunteers of America Northern Rockies, a service organization b...

  • Tester, Moran Statement on Kabul Terrorist Attacks

    (U.S. Senate) - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) released the following statement today in response to the dozens of U.S. servicemembers and Afghan civilians affected by today's terrorist attacks in Kabul, Afghanistan: "Our prayers are with the families and loved ones of the brave servicemembers and civilians killed and injured in today's terrorist attacks. Our priority must be the safety of U.S. citizens, personnel, and ou...

  • Tester Announces $1.15 Million to Support Unhoused Veterans in Montana

    (U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senator Jon Tester, Chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today announced $1.15 million in federal funding to help end veterans homelessness in Montana. Tester secured $1 million for the Poverello Center in Missoula and $150,000 for the Fort Peck Housing Authority in Poplar as a part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. These funds will be provided under the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Grant Per Diem (GPD) progra...

  • Tester Statement on VA’s Appointment of Montana’s Lawrence Rhone to the Veterans’ Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation

    (U.S. Senate) - Lawrence Rhone of Scobey, Montana has been appointed to the Veterans' Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by Secretary Denis McDonough following his nomination by U.S. Senator Jon Tester, Chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee. In response, Chairman Tester released the following statement: "It's critical that Montanans and rural veterans are well represented at VA and that they are empowered to help shape Department poli...

  • Tester, Boozman, Manchin Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen VA Oversight for Veterans and Taxpayers

    (U.S. Senate) - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.), U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-Ark.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) are teaming up to strengthen oversight of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for veterans and taxpayers. The Senators introduced the Strengthening Oversight for Veterans Act of 2021 this week to provide VA's Office of Inspector General (OIG) the authority to subpoena testimony from former VA employees who have left federal service, former contracto...

  • Tester, Moran Lead Senate Effort to Improve Transportation Services for Rural Veterans

    (U.S. Senate) - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) are introducing bipartisan, bicameral legislation to improve transportation services for rural veterans traveling to and from their medical appointments. The Senators' Rural Veterans Travel Enhancement Act of 2021 would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to expand successful initiatives that provide veterans living in rural areas with transportation services and ...

  • Tester Statement Following Alarming Watchdog Reports on VA Handling of Military Sexual Trauma

    (U.S. Senate) - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester released a statement today following two alarming reports from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) detailing failed handling of claims under the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) and improvements needed for coordinating care for survivors of military sexual trauma (MST): "It's unacceptable that any man or woman in uniform should face barriers to earned benefits and care-especially t...

  • Tester Secures Billions to Support Military Projects and Veterans Nationwide in Federal Funding Bill

    (U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senator Jon Tester, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee and Chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today secured critical funding and language to support military projects and expand medical care and benefits for veterans nationwide during a full committee markup of a number of annual government funding bills. "Now more than ever, veterans in Montana and across the country are in need of critical benefits and care that'll help them get ba...

  • Tester Statement on VA Establishing Three New Presumptive Conditions for Toxic Exposure Veterans

    (U.S. Senate) - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced its plans to begin processing disability benefits claims for veterans suffering from asthma, rhinitis and sinusitis as a result of their military service in Southwest Asia, following sustained efforts from Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester who released the following statement: "Today's announcement is great news for veterans suffering from conditions associated with their service in Southwest Asia, wh...

  • Tester, Boozman, Hirono, Collins Unveil Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Veteran Access to Breast Cancer Screening & Care

    (U.S. Senate) - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.), U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-Ark.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), and Susan Collins (R-Maine) are unveiling bipartisan, bicameral legislation today to expand access to high-quality breast cancer screening and life-saving care for veterans. The Senators' Making Advances in Mammography and Medical Options (MAMMO) for Veterans Act would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to develop a strategic plan to impr...

  • Tester’s Comprehensive Bill to Permanently Expand Pandemic Support to Homeless Veterans Clears Committee Hurdle

    (U.S. Senate) - The Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee today cleared 13 bills today, including Chairman Jon Tester's comprehensive legislation to permanently expand pandemic-relief resources essential to providing critical care and support for unhoused veterans and their families through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). "Committee passage of my Building Solutions for Veterans Experiencing Homelessness Act sends an important message to all veterans that Republicans and Democrats in Congr...

  • Tester, Moran Bill Authorizing Construction of VA Major Medical Facilities Heads to President’s Desk

    (U.S. Senate) - Bipartisan legislation spearheaded by Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) authorizing several Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) construction projects is headed to the President's desk after passing the U.S. House of Representatives today. "VA medical facilities provide a wide range of critical health care services to veterans and their families in every corner of the country," said Chairman Tester. "House pas...

  • Tester, Bost Urge VA to Improve Travel Reimbursement Program for Veterans

    (U.S. Senate) - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and House Veterans' Affairs Committee Ranking Member Mike Bost (R-Ill.) are urging the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to make critical improvements to its travel reimbursement program for the nation's veterans. "We write today to formally express our ongoing concerns regarding the roll out of the Department of Veterans Affairs' new Beneficiary Travel Self-Service System (BTSSS)," wrote the members to VA Sec...

  • Tester, Moran Continue Bipartisan Push to Protect Veterans from Predatory Pension Poachers

    (U.S. Senate) - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) are continuing to push the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to focus on proactive, community-based outreach to better protect veterans and survivors across the country from predatory pension poachers. "VA pension benefits fulfill a monetary promise made to wartime veterans of a certain age threshold, certain disabilities, or low income and net worth," wrote the Senators ...

  • Tester Statement on Senate Confirmation of Donald M. Remy to be VA Deputy Secretary

    (U.S. Senate) - The Senate today voted to confirm Donald M. Remy to be Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) with strong backing from U.S. Senator Jon Tester, Chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, who released the following statement: "Don Remy served this country in uniform and has shown a strong commitment to work tirelessly on behalf of his fellow veterans. As VA's second-highest leader, he will be responsible for coordinating its work with the Department of Defense on crit...

  • VA Announces Initial Reforms to Electronic Health Record Modernization Program at Hearing Led by Tester

    (U.S. Senate) - At a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing chaired by U.S. Senator Jon Tester, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced an initial set of critical reforms to the Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM) program. These reforms are consistent with those championed by Tester to address long-standing issues with the planning and deployment of the new system. Despite publicly praising the roll-out of the EHRM program, the previous Administration's effort to...

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