As Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, Jon is widely known as one of the Senate's most effective advocates for veterans. As a leader of the VA Committee, Jon is committed to working with both Republican and Democrats to hold the VA accountable, get meaningful reforms passed, and make sure this country fulfills its promise to the men and women who have served.
Jon knows we must work to improve access to health care, benefits, jobs, education, transportation, and housing for veterans. And he believes that members of Congress must take their marching orders from veterans--not the other way around. That's why Jon routinely holds veterans listening sessions in Montana to hear from veterans face-to-face.
Tester teamed up with Republicans to craft and pass the Veterans Choice Program Improvement Act and the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act. In a political climate when not much is getting done in Washington, Jon successfully worked with Republicans and President Trump to get these major reform bills signed into law.
Tester has also spearheaded bipartisan legislation that would speed up disability claims processing, improve educational benefits for folks returning from war, and provide veterans with transportation to and from VA medical facilities.
And as the number of women in the military increase, Jon has introduced a number of bills focused on improving VA services to empower and better serve women veterans.
Jon believes veterans deserve actionâ??-â??and they deserve elected officials who will stand up for them and not stand in their way. He is deeply grateful for the many sacrifices veterans have made for this nation, and he won't stop until the men and women who served get the quality benefits and care they have earned.
July 15, 2019| View More
After Successful Passage of His Blue Water Navy Legislation, Tester Leads Call for VA to Provide Timely Benefits to Vietnam & Korean War Veterans
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 …
July 11, 2019| View More
Tester, Boozman Introduce Legislation to Help State Cemeteries Meet Federal Veteran Burial Standards
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.
July 10, 2019| View More
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).
July 9, 2019| View More
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 …
July 2, 2019| View More
U.S. Senator Jon Tester and Governor Steve Bullock today joined various local, state and federal officials at the …