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  • BREAKING: Tester Secures His Landmark Agent Orange Veteran Exposure Bill in Final Annual Defense Legislation

    (U.S. Senate) - Vietnam veterans suffering from diseases associated with exposure to Agent Orange are now one step closer to receiving the care and benefits they earned from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) following the inclusion of U.S. Senator Jon Tester's landmark bill in the final Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Tester's amendment establishes a presumption of service connection for veterans suffering from Bladder Cancer, Hypothyroidism, and Parkinsonism. ...

  • Tester Introduces Bill to Cut Red Tape on VA Grants for Organizations Assisting Homeless Veterans During COVID-19 Pandemic

    (U.S. Senate) - Doubling down on his effort to protect homeless veterans during the national health crisis and assist organizations in mitigating the spread of the coronavirus, U.S. Senator Jon Tester recently introduced legislation to cut red tape on grants provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). "Homeless veterans are some of the most at-risk for COVID-19 complications, and their safety must remain our top priority," said Tester, Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Com...

  • Following Tester Push on Behalf of Veterans, GSA Administrator Begins Formal Presidential Transition Process Ensuring Support to VA During COVID-19 Pandemic

    (Big Sandy, Mont.) - The General Services Administration (GSA) has agreed to begin a formal presidential transition process to ensure that critical resources are delivered to veterans and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic following a push from U.S. Senator Jon Tester. The GSA's denial of the outcome of the 2020 election, and harmful withholding of transition resources from the Biden-Harris transition team, jeopardized the lives and well-being of veterans nationwide. As Ranking Mem...

  • Tester, Colleagues Press VA on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan for Veterans and Staff

    (Big Sandy, Mont.) - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Ranking Member Jon Tester is leading the effort to ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is taking necessary steps to swiftly develop and release its own COVID-19 vaccine strategy to keep veterans and staff safe during the pandemic. In a letter to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie today, Tester led his committee colleagues in urging the Department to lay out its plan to allocate a coronavirus vaccine, reach veterans in rural and hotspo...

  • Tester, Colleagues Slam VA Privatization of Compensation and Pension Exams for Disabled Veterans

    (U.S. Senate) - Ranking Member Jon Tester of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee today led ten colleagues in expressing grave concerns over the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) recent decision to increase the privatization of Compensation and Pension (C&P) exams, negatively impacting services and benefits provided to disabled veterans. "We were alarmed to learn that VA's vision for the future of the C&P program is to fully utilize private contractors to take over the VA personn...

  • Tester Demands VA Action Following Damning Watchdog Report on Veterans Crisis Line Responder Missteps

    (U.S. Senate) - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Ranking Member Jon Tester is demanding action from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) following a damning report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) outlining responder missteps in the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL) which may have contributed to a veteran's death. The VCL provides an important service for responding to veterans in crisis and preventing veteran suicide. The OIG report highlighted VCL staff's failure to request an emerg...

  • Tester, Moran Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Increase Native American Veterans’ Access to VA Health Care, Eliminate Copays

    (U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.)-Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee-are introducing the Native American Veteran Parity in Access to Care Today (PACT) Act, bipartisan legislation eliminating copayments for Native American veterans accessing Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care. This legislation brings parity between Native American veterans receiving services at VA and Native Americans who receive services th...

  • Tester, Stabenow Push to Address Veteran Food Insecurity by Urging VA, USDA Coordination During COVID-19 and Beyond

    (U.S. Senate) - Ranking Member Jon Tester (D-Mont.) of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry are urging the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to increase coordination and take swift action to address veteran food insecurity during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. "While USDA is primarily responsible for food and nutrition assistance programs...

  • Tester on Veterans Day: ‘We have a shared responsibility to serve those who’ve worn the uniform’

    (Big Sandy, Mont.) - U.S. Senator Jon Tester, Ranking Member and Montana's only member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today released the following statement to commemorate Veterans Day: "Veterans Day stands as an important reminder to honor those who've served and reflect on the enduring sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and their families. But we shouldn't honor our nation's heroes just once a year-their service deserves our appreciation year-round. As Ranking Member of ...

  • Senate Unanimously Passes Tester-Backed Veterans’ COMPACT Act to Enhance Access to Mental Health Care

    (Big Sandy, Mont.) - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Ranking Member Jon Tester today applauded the Senate's unanimous passage of the Veterans' Comprehensive Prevention, Access to Care, and Treatment Act of 2020, or Veterans' COMPACT Act, a package of critical mental health provisions to support women veterans, eliminate emergency mental health care costs, and assist servicemembers transitioning to civilian life. "I applaud my Senate colleagues for quickly passing the Veterans' COMPACT Act ...

  • Tester to VA: Stop Denying Personal Protective Equipment for Home Health Care Workers Caring for Vulnerable Veterans During COVID-19

    (Big Sandy, Mont.) - Ranking Member Jon Tester of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee is continuing to push the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to implement key provisions under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to ensure veterans and health care workers are protected during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Under the CARES Act, VA is required to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for home health care workers who provide care to veterans. In a letter to...

  • Tester Urges Defense Department to Provide Swift Financial Relief for Retired Veterans Impacted by New TRICARE Enrollment Fees

    (U.S. Senate) - As the Defense Health Agency (DHA) moves to implement new TRICARE Select enrollment fees, U.S. Senator Jon Tester is urging the Department of Defense (DOD) to swiftly provide a 12-month grace period for impacted veterans to ensure no retiree loses health care coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic. "…The COVID-19 pandemic has had unprecedented impacts on the health and economy of our nation," Tester wrote to Defense Secretary Mark Esper. "No military retiree or their loved...

  • Tester Leads 30 Senators Urging VA to Follow Through on Promises Under Administration’s 2018 Executive Order to End Veteran Suicide Epidemic

    (U.S. Senate) - Following the historic signing of his landmark Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act this week, Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Ranking Member Jon Tester is leading 30 colleagues in a push for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to follow through on authorities under President Donald Trump's Executive Order (EO) 13822 to increase veterans' access to mental health care. The Senators also urged the Administration to aggressively implement...

  • Tester Directs VA to Address Dismal Implementation of VA MISSION Act: ‘find a way to reduce red tape’

    (U.S. Senate) - Following numerous delays, false starts, and failures with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) MISSION Act, Ranking Member Jon Tester led a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing today to address dismal implementation of the Veterans Community Care Program and Caregivers expansion-highlighting low dental network rates impacting Montana veterans and a problematic start to the expansion of the Caregivers Program to pre-911 veterans. At the hearing, Tester admonished VA f...

  • Tester, Moran’s Groundbreaking Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Bill Signed into Law

    (U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.)-Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee-today applauded the historic signing of their landmark Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act into law. In an effort to curb veteran suicide nationwide, Tester and Moran introduced their bill last Congress to bolster the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) mental health workforce and increase rural veterans' access to...

  • Tester, Takano Demand Answers on Politicization of VA and Potential Hatch Act Violations

    (U.S. Senate) - Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs Ranking Member Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) are expressing serious concerns over the increasing politicization of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)-including the potential misuse of taxpayer funds and other government assets, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, in an effort to benefit the reelection of President Trump and certain Republican candidates seeking office in ...

  • Tester Urges VA Secretary to ‘take a serious interest’ in Addressing Challenges Facing Montana Veterans, Following Visit This Week

    (Big Sandy, Mont.) - U.S. Senator Jon Tester is calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to "take a serious interest" in addressing longstanding issues to better support veterans and their families across Montana-especially during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Tester's request follows VA Secretary Robert Wilkie's visit to the Treasure State earlier this week. "On the heels of your recent trip to Montana, I respectfully request your plan to resolve various issues of access to care and...

  • Tester, Takano Raise Concerns Over Last Minute Dash to Roll Out VA Caregivers Program

    (U.S. Senate) - Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs Ranking Member Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) are expressing serious concerns to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) over whether the Department is fully prepared to launch the significant expansion of the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers Program (PCAFC) that was announced yesterday-a move that will allow Pre-9/11 veterans to apply for the program but ...

  • Senate Passes Tester, Moran Legislation to Reauthorize Key Veteran Support Programs

    (Big Sandy, Mont.) - U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.)-Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee-today applauded the Senate's passage of their Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2020, which passed as part of the Continuing Resolution to fund the government. This legislation would extend select authorities within the committee's jurisdiction into the next fiscal year to ensure a smooth continuation of these programs. ...

  • Tester Slams VA Secretary for Continuing to Limit Montana Veteran Voices in the Disability Claims Process

    Ranking Member: "The bottom line is VA's role is to make it easier-not harder-for veterans to access earned benefits in a process that should be non-adversarial" (Big Sandy, Mont.) - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Ranking Member Jon Tester is slamming the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for continuing to deprive veterans in Montana and across the country a last look for errors before their ratings become final. Earlier this year, VA authorized a decision eliminating the critical 48-hou...

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