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  • 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 ...

  • Sen. Moran Calls for Increased Oversight and Accountability to End Veteran Homelessness

    U.S. Senator Jerry Moran - the lead Republican on the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC) - today hosted a roundtable discussion with SVAC Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.), including members from the Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA), Labor, and Housing and Urban Development (HOD), and veterans' advocates from across the country, including Mr. Eric Arganbright, program director for Catholics Charities Wichita Supportive Services for Veteran Families. The roundtable focused on veteran home...

  • VA Committees Introduce Bill to Expand In-State Tuition Benefits for Veteran Families

    This week, U.S. House and Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee members - U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and U.S. Representatives Barry Moore (R-Ala.) and David Trone (D-Md.) - introduced legislation to expand in-state tuition eligibility for the families of veterans who die from service-connected disabilities. The Survivors' and Dependents' Education Assistance (DEA) program provides educational benefits to survivors of veterans who died from a service-connected disab...

  • VA to Vaccinate National Archives and Records Administration Staff Following Bipartisan Push from Sens. Moran, Tester

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced this week that it will allocate COVID-19 vaccines to National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) staff in order to support claims processing following a bipartisan push from Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee leaders, Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.). On March 19, the Senators called on the Biden Administration to expedite vaccine distribution for National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) staff in order to increase i...

  • Sen. Moran, Rep. Bost Urge VA Secretary to Protect Veterans Access to VA Video Services

    This week, Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Rep. Mike Bost (R-Ill.) - ranking members of the Senate and House Veterans' Affairs Committees - urged Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Denis McDonough to find a solution that will ensure veterans in California are not negatively impacted by California's new law, the Internet Consumer Protection and Net Neutrality Act of 2018. Currently, mobile carriers have agreements with the VA to provide VA Video Connect services to veterans at a reduced cost. Thes...

  • President Biden Signs Into Law Sen. Moran’s Bill to Expand Vaccine Access for Veterans and Their Spouses

    Today, President Joe Biden signed into law bipartisan legislation led by U.S. Senate and House Veterans' Affairs Committee leaders, Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Reps. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and Mike Bost (R-Ill.). This law will expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility for veterans and their families under the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Strengthening and Amplifying Vaccination Efforts to Locally Immunize all Veterans and Every Spouse Act (SAVE LIVES Act) allow...

  • Sens. Moran, Tillis, Hassan Introduce Bill to Reform Care for Veterans Impacted by Toxic Exposure

    Today, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) joined Sens. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) in introducing the Toxic Exposure in the American Military (TEAM) Act, bipartisan legislation that fundamentally reforms and improves how veterans exposed to toxic substances receive health care and benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Sen. Moran has been a vocal advocate for research on toxic exposures, leading efforts as chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee las...

  • Sens. Moran, Tester Introduce Bill to Bolster VA’s Pandemic Preparedness

    This week, U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) - ranking member and chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC) - introduced legislation to include the Department of the Veterans Affairs (VA) in the Department of Defense's (DoD) Warstopper program to ensure the VA has access to critical health care supplies in future pandemics. Through the Warstopper program, the Department of Defense contracts with manufacturers and suppliers to keep a medical inventory ...

  • Sen. Moran’s Bill to Expand Vaccine Access for Veterans & Their Spouses Goes to President to be Signed Into Law

    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation spearheaded by Senate and House Veterans' Affairs Committee leaders, Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Reps. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and Mike Bost (R-Ill.), to expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to veterans and their families under the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This legislation passed the U.S. Senate on March 17th and now goes to President Biden to be signed into law. The Strengthening and Am...

  • Sen. Moran’s Bill to Expand Vaccine Access for Veterans, Spouses & Their Families Passes the Senate

    Today the U.S. Senate unanimously passed bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), John Boozman (R-Ark.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) to expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to veterans and their families under the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The senators' legislation would allow VA to provide no-cost COVID vaccination services to all veterans, veteran spouses, caregivers, and Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department ...

  • President Signs Moran, Tester Unemployed Veterans Retraining Legislation into Law

    This week, President Joe Biden signed into law, the FY2021 Budget Reconciliation bill, which included the Veterans Economic Recovery Act. Introduced by Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) - ranking member and chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC) - earlier this year, this bill will assist unemployed veterans receive training for meaningful jobs to support themselves and their families. "We have made great strides to lower the veteran unemployment rate duri...

  • Ranking Member Moran Calls for Framework to Improve Care for Veterans Exposed to Toxic Substances During Service

    Today, Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC) Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) delivered opening remarks at a hearing on military toxic exposures focused on the human costs incurred from such hazards as Agent Orange and burn pits. "Veterans deserve an enduring framework, supported by science, to identify, research and address cases of toxic exposure in a timely manner," said Ranking Member Moran. "The need for reform has existed for too long, and veterans cannot be forced to wait decades ...

  • Moran, Carper Amendment to Protect Student Veterans Passes Senate

    U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) - ranking member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC) - and Tom Carper's (D-Del.) amendment to delay the start of the negotiated rulemaking process on closing the 90/10 loophole by six months passed the Senate unanimously during the amendment process of the FY2021 Budget Reconciliation. "While the American Rescue plan closes the 90/10 loophole, we need to make sure we do it in the right way, make these changes in the correct way, and we need to ens...

  • Moran, Tester Urge Top Biden Administration COVID-19 Response Officials to Prioritize Vets in Vaccine Supply Chain

    Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.) today met with Chief Science Officer Dr. David Kessler and Chief Operating Officer General Gus Perna from the Biden Administration's COVID-19 Response Team to discuss efforts to bolster the national supply chain to increase the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) allotment of vaccines for veterans and staff. "With one million veterans vaccinated through the Department of Veterans Affairs, w...

  • Sens. Moran, Tester, Crapo Lead Bipartisan Push to Provide Disabled Veterans Full Military Benefits

    U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) - ranking member and chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC) - and Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) today introduced the Major Richard Star Act, bipartisan legislation to provide combat-injured veterans with less than 20 years of military service their full benefits. Currently, 42,000 military retirees with combat-related injuries qualify for retirement pay for their service from the Department of Defense (DoD) and for dis...

  • Sens. Moran, Tester Awarded Student Veteran Champion Award

    On Saturday, the Student Veterans of America awarded U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) - ranking member and chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC) - the Sonny Montgomery Student Veteran Champion Award at their annual conference. This award recognizes Sens. Moran and Tester's work during the COVID-19 pandemic to pass several emergency bills to address the needs of student veterans during the pandemic. "Last year was a year like no other, and when the ...

  • Sen. Moran Calls on VA Secretary to Conduct Inter-Agency Collaboration to Provide Care for K2 Veterans

    U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) - ranking member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC) - along with committee members Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) today urged Secretary Denis McDonough to work with Congress, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Defense (DoD) to find solutions for veterans who were exposed to toxic substances during their service. During the 116th Congress, Sen. Sullivan's legislat...

  • Sen. Moran Confirmed as Ranking Member, Announces Priorities for the 117th Congress

    Today, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) was confirmed by his Senate colleagues to be the ranking member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC). After being sworn in, Sen. Moran announced a number of his priorities for the 117th Congress. "The issues veterans are experiencing at home in Kansas and across the nation have always helped drive my policy decisions in Washington," said Ranking Member Moran. "I look forward to working with my Republican and Democrat colleagues to continue ...

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