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  • Isakson, Tester Applaud Senate Passage of Blue Water Navy Legislation

    U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Jon Tester, D-Mont., chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today applauded the Senate passage of H.R.299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, which would extend certain U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits to veterans who served on ships off the coast of Vietnam during the Vietnam War. "It is our responsibility to make sure our veterans are provided the benefits they have earned," said Isakso...

  • Isakson Concludes Commemoration of D-Day 75th Anniversary at Ceremony Recreating Airborne Landings at Normandy

    U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., greets a World War II veteran at Sainte-Mère-Église, France, as U.S. and foreign airborne units recreated the jumps made by American and Allied paratroopers 75 years ago on D-Day. SAINTE-MÈRE-ÉGLISE, France - U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today wrapped up an official four-day trip to France at a ceremony in Sainte-Mère-Église, where U.S. and foreign airborne...

  • On 75th D-Day Anniversary, Isakson Leads Bipartisan Delegation to Normandy

    Senators at the American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, on June 6, 2019, after a ceremony commemorating D-Day's 75th anniversary. COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France - U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, this week led a bipartisan Senate delegation to Normandy, France, for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion by Allied forces during World War II. The 17-senator delegation joined President Donald J. Trump and French President Emmanuel ...

  • Isakson: VA MISSION Act is Putting Veterans First

    COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France - U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, applauded the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) implementation today of the new, streamlined Veterans Community Care Program designed to improve the way the VA delivers health care. The community care program, which was established in the VA MISSION Act, landmark legislation authored by Isakson and signed into law in 2018, will remove bureaucratic obstacles to care in ...

  • Isakson Applauds Committee Approval of Nominee to be VA Deputy Secretary

    U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today applauded the bipartisan committee approval of James Byrne to be deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). "I am glad to support Mr. Byrne's nomination to serve as the deputy secretary of the VA," said Isakson. "As the VA continues to implement transformative reforms over the next several months, it is going to be crucial for the department's leaders to ensure it is operating...

  • Isakson Challenges VA Deputy Secretary Nominee to Lead VA to Success

    U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today gave a clear directive to President Donald J. Trump's nominee to serve in the number two spot at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): Join ranks with VA Secretary Robert Wilkie and lead the VA to success. "I appreciate your prioritization of serving with Secretary Wilkie," said Isakson. "He's a demanding task maker, but he won't ask of you any more than he asks of himself. And that's the ki...

  • Isakson Meets with VA Deputy Secretary Nominee James Byrne

    U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., meets with James Byrne, nominee to be deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, on May 8, 2019, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today met with James Byrne, President Donald J. Trump's nominee to be deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The committee will hold a hearing on Byrne's nomination next Wednesd...

  • Isakson: Veterans are Counting on Success of VA MISSION Act

    U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, called on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to do everything in its power to "fundamentally change the service they deliver for the better" during a committee hearing on the ongoing implementation of the VA MISSION Act. The VA MISSION Act, landmark legislation authored by Isakson and signed into law in 2018, improves the way the VA delivers health care by streamlining the department's community...

  • Isakson to VA Secretary: Time for Results

    U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today questioned U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie on the VA's ongoing implementation of a number of important legislative reforms during a hearing on the president's fiscal year 2020 budget request. The VA is currently implementing several major reforms enacted last Congress to overhaul the VA's community care programs, modernize the disability claims appeals process, estab...

  • Isakson Applauds Committee Approval of Nominee for Veterans’ Employment Agency

    U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today applauded the bipartisan committee approval of John Lowry III to be assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service, often referred to as DOL-VETS for short. "I am glad to again support Mr. Lowry to serve in this important role," said Isakson. "Employment is the key to ensuring a quality life after service, and the position for which Mr. Lowry has been...

  • Isakson Statement on VA Funding in President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Request

    U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today released the following statement regarding President Donald Trump's fiscal year 2020 budget request, which includes a total of $220.2 billion for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): "President Trump's budget proposal reaffirms the administration's promise to provide our nation's veterans and their survivors with the benefits and care they deserve. This budget would provide funding to imple...

  • Isakson Receives Top Legislator Award from Veterans of Foreign Wars

    VFW National Commander B.J. Lawrence presents the 2019 VFW Congressional Award to U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on March 6. WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, was honored on Wednesday by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) with its top legislative honor, the 2019 VFW Congressional Award. Isakson was selected as this year's recipient for his efforts to help secure...

  • Isakson Applauds Trump Administration’s Commitment to Veteran Suicide Prevention

    U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today applauded the administration's efforts to address the tragedy of veteran suicide. President Trump today signed an executive order, called the "President's Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide," which establishes a cabinet-level task force responsible for creating a comprehensive strategy with federal, state and community leaders to engage the veteran community, improve re...

  • Isakson Names Adam Reece as Senate VA Committee Staff Director, Leslie Campbell as Deputy Staff Director

    ATLANTA - U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, has named Adam Reece as the majority staff director for the committee. Reece has served on the committee since Isakson became chair in 2015 and most recently served as the committee's deputy staff director. Isakson also promoted Leslie Campbell to serve as deputy staff director for the majority. "Adam is a great Georgian, a natural leader and as sharp as they come," said Isakson. "He has been wi...

  • Isakson, Tester Applaud Timely Implementation of VA Appeals Reform

    ATLANTA - U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Jon Tester, D-Mont., chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today released the following statements on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) timely implementation of the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017: "I am pleased with the VA's timely implementation of the legislation we enacted to dramatically improve the appeals process for our nation's veterans," said Isakson. "For too ...

  • Isakson, Roe Statement on Proposed Eligibility Criteria for Veterans’ Community Care

    U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and U.S. Representative Dr. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., ranking member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today issued a joint statement in response to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reaching a major milestone in the implementation of landmark legislation they authored to improve healthcare services for veterans. The VA MISSION Act was overwhelmingly passed by Congress and signed into law in Jun...

  • Isakson Elected to Third Term as Senate VA Committee Chairman

    Today, U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., received a unanimous vote from his colleagues to serve a third term as chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs (VA) for the 116th Congress, which formally began on Jan. 3, 2019, and runs through Jan. 3, 2021. Isakson has served as chairman of the committee since January 2015. Isakson is a veteran himself - having served in the Georgia Air National Guard from 1966-1972 - and has been a member of the Senate VA Committee since he joined the ...

  • Isakson Applauds Senate Confirmation of Two VA Nominees

    ATLANTA - U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., applauded the Senate's unanimous confirmation of James Gfrerer to be chief information officer (CIO) and assistant secretary for information and technology at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Tamara Bonzanto to be assistant secretary for accountability and whistleblower protection at the VA. "I'm pleased that the Senate has unanimously confirmed these two accomplished nominees to serve in very important roles at the VA," said Isakson...

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