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  • Congress Extends Sen. Moran’s Legislative Fix to Protect GI Bill Benefits

    This week, the U.S. Senate passed legislation to extend a rule originally introduced by U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) - ranking member and chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee - to protect GI Bill benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic. The extension ensures this rule stays in effect until summer of 2022. The rule, originally signed into law in March 2020, ensures that veterans, their dependents, and servicemembers, who are using their GI Bill benefits...

  • Congress Extends Sen. Moran’s Legislative Fix to Protect GI Bill Benefits

    This week, the U.S. Senate passed legislation to extend a rule originally introduced by U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) - ranking member and chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee - to protect GI Bill benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic. The extension ensures this rule stays in effect until summer of 2022. The rule, originally signed into law in March 2020, ensures that veterans, their dependents, and servicemembers, who are using their GI Bill benefits...

  • Sens. Moran, Tester Lead VA Committee in Introducing Legislation to Increase Transparency of VA Health Record Modernization

    U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) - the ranking member and chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC) - introduced legislation to increase transparency surrounding the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM) program. This summer, the VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) released three reports that raised concerns surrounding the deployment of the EHRM program. Two of the reports raised issues with cost estimate...

  • Sens. Moran, Tester’s Bill to Expand Education Benefits for Surviving Family Members Signed into Law

    Today, the Colonel John M. McHugh Tuition Fairness for Survivors Act - legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee - was signed into law. This law expands in-state tuition eligibility for the families of certain servicemembers who died while on active duty and veterans who die from service-connected disabilities. "Today we were able to deliver more certainty to families who lose a l...

  • House Passes Sens. Moran, Tester’s Bill to Expand In-State Tuition Benefits for Surviving Family Members

    This evening, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) - ranking member and chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee - to expand in-state tuition eligibility for the families of veterans who die from service-connected disabilities. The Colonel John M. McHugh Tuition Fairness for Survivors Act passed the Senate on June 25, 2021 and will now go to the President's desk to be signed into law. "Military s...

  • Sens. Moran, Manchin & Reps. Mann, Pappas Lead Bill to Expand DOL Employment Program for Homeless Veterans

    U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) along with U.S. Representatives Tracey Mann (KS-01) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) - members of the Senate and House Veterans' Affairs Committee - introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to expand the Department of Labor (DOL) Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) to all 50 states and U.S. territories. The HVRP program offers customized employment and training services to homeless or at-risk-of-homelessness veterans to address ...

  • Sens. Moran, Manchin & Reps. Mann, Pappas Lead Bill to Expand DOL Employment Program for Homeless Veterans

    U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) along with U.S. Representatives Tracey Mann (KS-01) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) - members of the Senate and House Veterans' Affairs Committee - introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to expand the Department of Labor (DOL) Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) to all 50 states and U.S. territories. The HVRP program offers customized employment and training services to homeless or at-risk-of-homelessness veterans to address ...

  • Sens. Moran, Tester Introduce Bill to Expand Treatment & Research for Prostate Cancer in Veterans

    U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) - ranking member and chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee - this week introduced legislation to expand treatment and research of prostate cancer to help diagnose and treat veterans through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). "Prostate cancer is currently the number one cancer diagnosed by the Veterans Health Administration," said Sen. Moran. "Early detection of prostate cancer should be a priority of the VA, and this...

  • Ranking Member Moran Seeks Answers on VA Preparation to Support Veterans During Afghanistan Withdrawal

    U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) - ranking member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee - today requested answers from Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Denis McDonough regarding the VA's plans and preparation to support veterans during and following the withdrawal from Afghanistan. "Our military servicemembers fought honorably to accomplish every mission their country asked of them, and as veterans, many of them continue to fight for the safety and well-being of our Afghan all...

  • Sen. Moran to Veterans: You Are Not Alone

    U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) - ranking member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee - is sharing resources available to veterans and veteran families and caregivers following the recent events in Afghanistan. "The veterans who answered the call to protect our nation after September 11 deserve our utmost respect and gratitude," said Sen. Moran. "These veterans brought justice to Osama bin Laden and served with duty and purpose. They also need to know they are not alone and that we will ...

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

    U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) - ranking member and chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee - this week introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to improve transportation services for rural veterans traveling to and from their medical appointments. The 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 servi...

  • Sens. Moran, Tester Introduce Legislation to Expand GI Bill Benefits for Guardsmen and Reservists

    U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) - the ranking member and chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee - recently introduced legislation to expand GI Bill benefits to select National Guard and Reserve duty statuses. The Guard, Reserve, and Active Duty Department of Veterans Affairs Educational Assistance Parity (GRAD) Act would permit additional federal active duty service performed by guardsmen and reservists under certain duty statuses, to count towards their ...

  • Senate VA Committee Passes Sen. Moran’s Legislation to Address Gaps in Veteran Health Care

    Today, the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee voted to pass the Guaranteeing Healthcare Access to Personnel Who Served (GHAPS) Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) - ranking member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC) - that would address gaps in veteran health care to ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is serving veterans in hard-to-reach places. This legislation works to create uniform access standards for care in the community to help veter...

  • Senate VA Committee Passes Sen. Moran’s Legislation to Address Gaps in Veteran Health Care

    Today, the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee voted to pass the Guaranteeing Healthcare Access to Personnel Who Served (GHAPS) Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) - ranking member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC) - that would address gaps in veteran health care to ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is serving veterans in hard-to-reach places. This legislation works to create uniform access standards for care in the community to help veter...

  • Ranking Member Moran Seeks Answers on VA’s Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccinations for Employees

    U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) - ranking member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee - today submitted questions to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Denis McDonough regarding the VA's announcement that all VA health care employees are required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. "The expeditious nature of the development and roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine has saved lives and allowed the country to take critical steps towards normalcy," wrote Sen. Moran. "I have encouraged ve...

  • Ranking Member Moran Statement on VA Electronic Health Modernization Program OIG Reports

    U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) - ranking member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee - today released the following statement regarding three reports recently released from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) concerning issues with the deployment of the new Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM) program: "I am alarmed by three recent Office of Inspector General reports regarding the VA's failure to report billions of dollars of costs, continu...

  • BREAKING: Senate Passes Sens. Moran, Tester’s Legislation to Expand In-State Tuition Benefits for Veteran Families

    Today the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Colonel John M. McHugh Tuition Fairness for Survivors Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) - ranking member and chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee - to expand in-state tuition eligibility for the families of veterans who die from service-connected disabilities. The Dependents Education Assistance (DEA) program provides VA education benefits, including tuition, housing and book stip...

  • What They Are Saying: VSOs and Health Organizations Praise Sen. Moran’s Bill the GHAPS Act

    U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) - ranking member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC) - recently introduced the Guaranteeing Healthcare Access to Personnel Who Served (GHAPS) Act that would address gaps in veteran health care to ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is serving veterans in hard-to-reach places. Please see the following statements in support of Sen. Moran's legislation the GHAPS Act: "The American Red Cross is proud to support the Guaranteeing Healthcare Ac...

  • Sens. Moran, Manchin, Cassidy, Collins, Boozman Introduce Bipartisan VA Provider Accountability Act

    U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Susan Collins (R-ME), and John Boozman (R-AR) introduced the bipartisan VA Provider Accountability Act to address the 2019 GAO Report which found the VA must take action to ensure its healthcare providers have the appropriate qualifications and clinical abilities to deliver safe, high quality care to Veterans. "West Virginia Veterans have experienced firsthand the impacts of the VA not properly vetting healthcare provide...

  • Ranking Member Moran, Chairman Tester Statements on the Resignation of Dr. Richard Stone

    U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) - ranking member and chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC) - today released the following statements regarding Acting Under Secretary for Health Dr. Richard Stone's resignation from his post at the Veterans Health Administration (VHA): "Dr. Stone always put veterans first, and I greatly appreciate his exemplary leadership of the VHA," said Sen. Moran. "I am confident that his guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic sa...

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