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  • 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...

  • The American Legion Endorses GHAPS Act

    The American Legion today announced support for the Guaranteeing Healthcare Access to Personnel Who Served (GHAPS) Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) as ranking member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC). "We must ensure that America's veterans do not fall through the cracks of the VA healthcare system," said American Legion National Commander James W. "Bill" Oxford. "It is imperative that VA provide care in a consistent, comprehensive, and transparent...

  • Ranking Member Moran Leads Introduction of Legislation to Address Gaps in Veteran Health Care

    U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) - ranking member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC) - along with committee members Sens. John Boozman (R-Ark), Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) and Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) today 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) i...

  • Ranking Member Moran Votes to Advance Toxic Exposure Bill

    U.S. Senator Jerry Moran - ranking member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC) - today delivered opening remarks before voting to advance the Comprehensive and Overdue Support for Troops (COST) of War Act of 2021 out of committee. "The COST of War Act is trying to deliver on a promise this country made, that if you serve in the military and are injured or made ill because of that service, you won't go without health care for those conditions," said Sen. Moran. "This bill still needs...

  • Ranking Member Moran Shares Message To Veterans During Mental Health Awareness Month

    To recognize Mental Health Awareness Month, Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC) Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) addressed veteran mental health challenges from military service and shared available mental health resources in a video message to veterans. "Military service doesn't end when you take off the uniform," said Sen. Moran. "It is both an honor and burden that you will carry with you throughout your life. I am working to ensure you have the resources through the Department of V...

  • VA Announces Walk-in COVID-19 Vaccinations For Veterans, Spouses & Caregivers Following Sens. Moran, Tester Efforts

    Building off U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Jon Tester's (D-Mont.) successful efforts to expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to veterans and their families, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it is accepting walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations nationwide for eligible veterans, spouses and caregivers. The VA began administering COVID-19 vaccines to all veterans, spouses and caregivers last month as a result of the Senators' bipartisan Strengthening and Amplifying Vaccinatio...

  • Sens. Moran, Peters, Lankford, Tester Introduce Bill to Improve Access to Benefits for National Guard and Reservists

    U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) - the lead Republican on the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC) - joined Sens. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) in introducing legislation to help members of the Reserve and National Guard to receive the benefits they have earned following their retirement or completion of service by ensuring they receive the same DD-214 form as other members of the military. The DD-214 form is often required by the Department of V...

  • Ranking Member Moran, Chairman Tester Lead Public Service Announcement Urging Veterans to Get Vaccinated

    To better protect communities nationwide from the coronavirus, Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.) are leading a bipartisan public service announcement (PSA) encouraging veterans and their families to get vaccinated. Sens. Moran and Tester teamed up with committee members and Veterans Service Organizations to highlight the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine in a bipartisan effort to increase vaccine confidence among ...

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