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  • Isakson, Tester Applaud Senate Passage of Legislation to Continue Essential Veterans Services, Benefits

    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 applauded the unanimous Senate passage of bipartisan legislation to ensure veterans continue to have access to essential programs at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The legislation, which was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 18, now heads to the president's desk to be signed into law. The Department of Veterans ...

  • Isakson Remains Committed to Reducing the Rate of Veteran Suicide

    ATLANTA - U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today released the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) annual national veteran suicide prevention report: "The loss of even one veteran's life is unacceptable, and preventing veteran suicide remains a top priority for our committee. The sharing of information between veterans, partnering organizations and the VA is critically important to finding solu...

  • Isakson, Tester Honor U.S. Prisoners of War and Those Missing in Action

    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 statement in honor of National POW/MIA Recognition Day: "Today, we remember America's bravest - those who served our country with immeasurable devotion, paying the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. Let our nation's flag stand as a humble reminder of those service members who were unable to return home to their loved one...

  • Isakson, Tester Applaud Senate Passage of Veterans’ Benefits 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 Senate passage of the Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2019, bipartisan legislation to increase veterans' disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The legislation previously passed the U.S. House of Representatives on May 21 and now heads to the president's desk to be signed into law. "We're workin...

  • Isakson Applauds Senate Confirmation of James Byrne as VA Deputy Secretary

    U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today applauded the Senate approval of James Byrne to be deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Byrne was confirmed by a vote of 81-11. "I am pleased that the Senate has confirmed Mr. Byrne's nomination to serve as the deputy secretary of the VA," said Isakson. "As the VA continues to implement significant reforms over the next several months, it is going to be crucial for the d...

  • Isakson Statement on U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Nominations

    ATLANTA - U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, released the following statement after President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Grant Jaquith and Scott Laurer to serve as judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims: "I am pleased President Trump has announced his intent to nominate Grant Jaquith and Scott Laurer to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Each of these nominees offer unique experience...

  • Isakson, Tester Introduce Bill to Increase Benefits for Veterans

    U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Jon Tester, D-Mont., chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today introduced the Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2019, bipartisan legislation to increase veterans' disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). "As chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, my top priority is to ensure that veterans and their families receive the benefits they earned while serving o...

  • Isakson: ‘We Will Reduce Rate of Suicide’

    U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, pledged to continue to support efforts by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and community organizations to reduce suicide in the veteran community during a hearing on mental health and veteran suicide prevention. Isakson opened the hearing held on Wednesday, June 19, by reflecting on the recent 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion during World War II. He acknowledged that we owe our veterans ...

  • Isakson Recognizes One-Year Anniversary of VA MISSION Act

    U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson speaks on the Senate floor to recognize the one-year anniversary of the VA MISSION Act on June 19. WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, delivered the following speech on the Senate floor to highlight the implementation of the Veterans Community Care Program one year after the VA MISSION Act was signed into law: "As chairman of the Veterans' Committee, I've had a great experience over the last few ye...

  • Senate, House Leaders Introduce Resolution to Commemorate 75th Anniversary of G.I. Bill

    U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today joined Senators Tom Carper, D-Del., and Jon Tester, D-Mont., ranking member of the committee, in introducing a Senate resolution designating the week of June 17, 2019, as "National G.I. Bill Commemoration Week" to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, more commonly known as the G.I. Bill. A companion House resolution was introduced by U.S. Representatives Mark...

  • 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...

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