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  • Tester Holds Roundtable Discussion on Tackling Veteran Homelessness with Advocates

    (U.S. Senate) - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester held a roundtable discussion today with committee members, stakeholders, and veterans' advocates on crafting solutions to effectively end veteran homelessness nationwide. At the roundtable, Tester engaged stakeholders in a constructive dialogue on ways to tackle challenges facing veterans experiencing or at-risk of homelessness now, and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. "We need to make sure organizations on the front lines of ...

  • Tester, Murkowski Introduce Bipartisan Bill to End Unfair Offset of Military Retiree Pay and Disability Benefits for Veterans

    (U.S. Senate) - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) are introducing bipartisan legislation to end the unfair offset of retirement pay and disability benefits for nearly 400,000 military retirees. Under current law, thousands of veterans who receive military pay from the Department of Defense take a dollar-for-dollar pay reduction for any disability compensation they receive from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The ...

  • Tester Statement on Damning Watchdog Report on Veterans Crisis Line Responder Missteps

    (U.S. Senate) - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester today released a statement following a damning report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) outlining responder missteps at the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL) concerning a Montana veteran, which resulted in a homicide: "What happened during this 2019 incident is unacceptable. The failure of the Veterans Crisis Line to act quickly and appropriately to stop this tragedy is inexcusable, and proper measures need to be taken to ...

  • VA to Vaccinate National Archives and Records Administration Staff Following Bipartisan Push from Tester, Moran

    (U.S. Senate) - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it will allocate COVID-19 vaccines to National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) staff in order to support claims processing following a bipartisan push from Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-Kan.). March 19, the Senators called on the Biden Administration to expedite vaccine distribution for National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) staff in ord...

  • Tester, Boozman Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Deliver Stronger Benefits to Military Survivors and Families

    (U.S. Senate) - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-Ark.) are introducing bipartisan legislation to adjust monthly benefits for family members and survivors of veterans who lost their lives in service to our country. The Senators' bipartisan Caring for Survivors Act of 2021 aims to bring payments to Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) recipients in line with payments to surviving spouses of other Federal employees. The rate o...

  • Tester Leads Hearing on Veterans’ Mental Health and Implementation of the Hannon Act

    ***VIDEO*** (U.S. Senate) - During a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing today, Chairman Jon Tester discussed connecting veterans nationwide with lifesaving mental health care and suicide prevention services amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and urged swift implementation of the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act, also known as the Hannon Act. During the hearing, Tester urged Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DoD) officials to ...

  • BREAKING: Bipartisan Bill Expanding Vaccine Access for Vets & Families Signed Into Law

    (U.S. Senate) - President Joe Biden today signed bipartisan legislation into law expanding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to veterans and their families under the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), following efforts from Senate and House Veterans' Affairs Committee leaders Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.), and Ranking Member Mike Bost (R-Ill.). The Strengthening and Amplifying Vaccination Efforts to Locally Immunize all Veterans...

  • Tester Fix Cuts Red Tape on Funding for Organizations Assisting Homeless Veterans Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

    (U.S. Senate) - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced $50 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) capital grants following efforts from U.S. Senator Jon Tester to remove barriers to access this funding which will help organizations mitigate the spread of the coronavirus and protect homeless veterans during the national health crisis. "Homeless veterans are some of the most at-risk for COVID-19 complication...

  • Tester, Moran Call on Biden Administration to Prioritize Veteran Service Records Requests Backlog

    (U.S. Senate) - In a bipartisan effort to reduce the backlog of veteran service records requests accumulated during the COVID-19 pandemic, Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) are calling on the Biden Administration to expedite vaccine distribution for National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) staff in order to increase its operating capacity and provide veterans with timelier access to benefits. "The COVID-19 pandemic and econ...

  • BREAKING: Bipartisan Bill Expanding Vaccine Access for Vets & Families Heads to President’s Desk

    (U.S. Senate) - The House unanimously passed bipartisan legislation today spearheaded by Senate and House Veterans' Affairs Committee leaders, Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.), and Ranking Member Mike Bost (R-Ill.), to expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to veterans and their families under the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This legislation now heads to the President's desk to be signed into law. The Strengthening and Amp...

  • VA Announces Strategic Review of Electronic Health Record Modernization Program Following Push from Tester, Moran

    (U.S. Senate) - Following a 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 that it has initiated a strategic review of the electronic health record modernization (EHRM) program. "For months, I've been pressing VA to change its course on the electronic health record project and actually address the challenges at hand," said Chairman Tester. "While the previous Administrati...

  • Tester, Moran Urgently Call on VA to Immediately Expedite Vietnam Veterans’ Blue Water Navy Claims

    (U.S. Senate) - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) are urgently calling on Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Denis McDonough to implement provisions under the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act to quickly provide long-overdue benefits and care to veterans suffering from Agent Orange exposure. "Veterans who have suffered for decades would welcome quick Departmental implementation of this law," wrote the Senators ...

  • Tester Hears 2021 Legislative Priorities from Veterans of Foreign Wars

    ***VIDEO*** (U.S. Senate) - Chairman Jon Tester of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee today oversaw a joint Senate and House Committees on Veterans' Affairs' hearing to discuss the legislative priorities of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and other leading Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) for this year. During the hearing, Tester stressed the critical need to find common ground on toxic exposure issues and expand the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) list of medical conditions a...

  • HUD Releases Delayed Report on Homeless Veterans After Push from Senate, House Veterans’ Affairs Leadership

    (U.S. Senate) - Following a bipartisan push from Senate and House Veterans' Affairs Committee leaders, Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.), and Ranking Member Mike Bost (R-Ill.), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today released its annual report with critical data on veterans experiencing homelessness. Each year, HUD releases a Point-in-Time (PIT) count of unhoused people, including veterans. HUD conducted its...

  • Tester Leads Bill to Deliver Long-Overdue Benefits to Vietnam-Era Veterans Suffering from Toxic Exposures

    (U.S. Senate) - In his continued push to provide Vietnam-era veterans their earned benefits and care, Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester is leading 16 Senators in introducing bicameral legislation to expand the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) list of medical conditions associated with Agent Orange exposure to include Hypertension and MGUS (Monoclonal Gammopathy of Undetermined Significance). "Last Congress, we brought long-overdue relief to Vietnam-era veterans dealin...

  • Tester, Moran, Blackburn Bringing 21st Century Care and Benefits to Veterans with Information Technology Oversight Bill

    (U.S. Senate) - In a push to bring 21st century care and benefits to veterans across the country, Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), and U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) are unveiling bipartisan legislation to improve information technology (IT) systems and management at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). "When veterans aren't getting their earned benefits as a result of poor planning or IT system failures at VA, w...

  • Tester, Moran to VA: Swiftly Implement Lifesaving Mental Health Provisions for Veterans

    (U.S. Senate) - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) today urged Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Denis McDonough to expedite critical provisions under the Senators' Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act, also known as the Hannon Act, to connect veterans nationwide with lifesaving mental health care and suicide prevention services. "With an already unacceptably high veteran suici...

  • Tester, Murkowski Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Eliminate TRICARE Enrollment Fees for Retired Veterans

    (U.S. Senate) - In an effort to protect military retirees' earned health care, Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) introduced bipartisan legislation to eliminate TRICARE Select enrollment fees for veterans who retired prior to 2018. "No military retiree should ever be at risk of losing their health care coverage-especially during a global pandemic," said Tester. "Our bipartisan bill will ensure that retired veterans aren't ...

  • Tester, Moran, Hassan, Blackburn Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Honor the ‘Hello Girls’

    (U.S. Senate) - During women's history month, Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), and U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) are introducing bipartisan legislation to honor the groundbreaking service of the women who connected American and French forces on the front lines of World War I (WWI). The Hello Girls Congressional Gold Medal Act would award the women of the U.S. Army Signal Corps,...

  • Tester Urges Action for Veterans Suffering from Military Toxic Exposures

    ***VIDEO*** (U.S. Senate) - Chairman Jon Tester today urged action from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) during a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing on the long-term health consequences of military toxic exposures. "We must develop a comprehensive process that is able to quickly deliver care and benefits to veterans as science develops around currently known and newly discovered exposures, without Congressional action," said Chairman Tester. "This system must prioritize serving ...

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