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  • Tester Continues Push to Improve Health Care Access for Montana’s Native American Veterans

    (U.S. Senate) - As Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee and a senior member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, U.S. Senator Jon Tester is pushing to improve health care access for Native American veterans in Montana and across the country. Tester supported a recent bipartisan, bicameral push to expand health care for Native American veterans through the Health Care Access for Urban Native Veterans Act, legislation that would provide Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) ...

  • Senate, House Leaders Demand VA Fix Emergency Care Claims Errors Impacting an Estimated 60,800 Veterans

    Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs Ranking Member Jon Tester (D-MT), House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-CA), Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs Member Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS), and House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Ranking Member Dr. Phil Roe (R-TN) led a bipartisan, bicameral letter to VA today following a damning report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG), outlining errors in VA's processing of non-VA emergency care claims. The OIG found in 2017 that...

  • Tester Bill to Protect Veterans’ Disability Payments Heads to President’s Desk

    (U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senator Jon Tester's bipartisan bill to protect veterans' disability payments recently passed the U.S. Senate and now heads to the President's desk for signature. As Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, Tester introduced the Honoring American Veterans in Extreme Need (HAVEN) Act to ensure veterans experiencing economic hardship do not have their earned disability benefits penalized. "Under current bankruptcy law, a civilian disabled by a car wreck is ...

  • Tester Secures More Than $5 Million to Assist Montana Homeless Veterans

    (U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced more than $5 million in federal funding to help end veteran homelessness in Montana. The $5,440,394 grant will go to the Volunteers of America Northern Rockies (VOA), a service organization based out of Billings. Since 2012, VOA has worked with more than 200 veterans and their families to help provide housing services for homeless and at-risk veterans. "When they return home from service, our obligation to Montana's men and women in uniform has...

  • Tester Salutes 100 Years of the American Legion

    (U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senator Jon Tester's bipartisan resolution honoring American Legion's 100 years of service to veterans and families of the United States Armed Forces has unanimously passed the Senate. The resolution declares the week of August 23rd as "American Legion Week" to coincide with the Legion's 100th Anniversary convention in their home city of Indianapolis, Indiana. "For generations the American Legion has played an undeniable role in strengthening the veteran community," said ...

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

    (U.S. Senate) - In an ongoing effort to bring 21st century care and benefits to veterans across the country, U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) are unveiling bipartisan legislation to improve the information technology (IT) system at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Senators today introduced the Department of Veterans Affairs IT Reform Act that holds VA accountable by increasing transparency into proposed and current IT spending on critical programs f...

  • Tester, Rounds Bipartisan Bill Will Streamline Education Benefits for Veterans

    (U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) are introducing bipartisan legislation to provide timelier education benefits to student veterans across the country. Excessive bureaucracy at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has caused significant delays in education benefits to veterans participating in the VA Work-Study Allowance Program. The program allows student veterans- whether on campus, at VA facilities, or at other veteran-centered organizations-...

  • After Successful Passage of His Blue Water Navy Legislation, Tester Leads Call for VA to Provide Timely Benefits to Vietnam & Korean War Veterans

    (U.S. Senate) - Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Jon Tester is continuing his push to ensure veterans living with the effects of toxic exposure receive the benefits and health care they earned. After President Trump signed his Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act into law last month, Tester and his colleagues are calling on the Administration to continue expediently processing the claims of veterans already eligible for benefits. Tester led a group of ten Senators today ...

  • Tester, Boozman Introduce Legislation to Help State Cemeteries Meet Federal Veteran Burial Standards

    (U.S. Senate)- U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.) today introduced legislation to improve access to specialized training that would ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) grant-funded cemeteries meet and maintain the National Cemetery Administration's (NCA) National Shrine Commitment. The NCA sets standards for maintaining VA national cemeteries. Although state and tribal cemeteries are held to the same benchmarks and measures, they often fall short of meetin...

  • Tester, Boozman Introduce Legislation to Ensure VA Repays Veterans Wrongly Charged for Home Loan Funding Fees

    (U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.) today introduced legislation to ensure veterans who were incorrectly charged fees for their Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) home loan are reimbursed. Congress exempted veterans who receive VA disability compensation from paying a funding fee to defray the cost of administering a VA home loan. Despite this exemption, the VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that the VA charged more than 70,000 disabled veteran...

  • Tester, Isakson Introduce Bill to Increase Benefits for Veterans

    (U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senators Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., ranking member and chairman 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). "The men and women who fought to keep us safe deserve benefits that reflect today's economic realities," said Tester. "Our bipartisan bill ensures that ...

  • Tester, Young, Murphy Introduce Bill to Curb Veteran Homelessness

    (U.S. Senate) - In an effort to curb veteran homelessness across the country, U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) today introduced the Veteran Housing Opportunities and Unemployment Support Extension (HOUSE) Act, a bipartisan bill allowing veterans with Other-Than-Honorable (OTH) discharges to participate in the Department of Housing and Urban Development - VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program. Studies show that veterans with OTH discharges a...

  • Tester, Bullock, Local Officials Break Ground on Southwest Montana Veterans Home

    (Butte, Mont.) - U.S. Senator Jon Tester and Governor Steve Bullock today joined various local, state and federal officials at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Southwest Montana Veterans Home (SWMVH). "It's an honor to break ground on a project that's been three decades in the making," Tester said. "Without the persistence and dedication of folks throughout this community, we would not be standing here today celebrating this long overdue victory. The VA continuously overlooked Butte, but ...

  • Tester, Bipartisan Senators to VA: Tell Us How You’re Going to Pay Back $286 Million in Home Loan Fees Erroneously Charged to Veterans

    (U.S. Senate) - Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Jon Tester led a bipartisan, bicameral letter to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie asking how the VA intends to pay back more than $286.4 million in home loan fees that were erroneously charged to thousands of exempted veterans as part of the VA Home Loan Program. The Department's Office of Inspector General released a report, Veterans Benefits Administration: Exempt Veterans Charged VA Home Loan Funding Fees, detailing that $28...

  • Tester Defense Priorities for Montana Included in Annual Defense Bill

    (U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senator Jon Tester voted to send critical national security legislation to the President's desk today- joining his colleagues to approve the annual National Defense Authorization Act by a vote of 86-8. The bill includes key Tester-backed provisions that will provide the largest pay raise to U.S. troops in a decade, strengthen military bases across the country, including Malmstrom Air Force Base, and expand services for military servicemembers and their families. "Ensuring ...

  • Trump Signs Tester’s Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act into Law

    (U.S. Senate) - President Donald Trump has signed U.S. Senator Jon Tester's bipartisan Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act into law. As Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, Tester has fought tirelessly for years to extend VA benefits to these Vietnam veterans. The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act guarantees that veterans who served off the shores of Vietnam and were exposed to toxins such as Agent Orange, can access treatment and receive benefits from the VA. "Today...

  • On 75th Anniversary of the G.I. Bill, Tester Continues Work for Next Generation of Veterans

    (U.S. Senate) - Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the G.I. Bill, Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Ranking Member Jon Tester introduced a resolution to designate the week of June 17, 2019, as "National G.I. Bill Commemoration Week" and mark the 75th anniversary of the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944. "After they serve this country, we have a responsibility to serve our veterans when they return to civilian life," said Tester. "For 75 years, the G.I. Bill has done just that by investin...

  • Tester Highlights Need for Bipartisan Veterans Suicide Prevention Bills at Committee Hearing

    (U.S. Senate) - At a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee oversight hearing, Ranking Member Jon Tester highlighted his innovative, bipartisan veterans suicide prevention bills aimed at addressing the alarming number of veteran suicides in Montana and across the country. Tester is also doubling down on those efforts by pushing for his bills' inclusion in the Senate's must-pass annual defense bill- the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). "As we all know, suicide is a national public health ...

  • Tester, Blackburn, Klobuchar Toxic Exposure Bill Successfully Included in Must-Pass Defense Legislation

    (U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) today announced the inclusion of their bipartisan Occupational and Environmental Transparency Health Act (OATH) in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) - a must-pass annual defense bill that the Senate plans to vote on next week. The Senators introduced their legislation last month, requiring the Department of Defense (DoD) to track active duty military personnel and veterans' e...

  • On Senate Floor, Tester Hails Passage of Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act

    (U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senator Jon Tester today took to the floor of the U.S. Senate to hail the passage of his bipartisan Blue Water Navy Veterans Act. As Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, Tester worked alongside Chairman Johnny Isakson of Georgia to ensure that Vietnam Veterans living with the effects of exposure to Agent Orange receive the VA benefits and care they have earned. "This victory is for the folks that were exposed to Agent Orange- which has caused real pr...

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