Category: Veterans/Military Issues

Senator Isakson Addresses Veteran Tragedy At GA Capitol Yesterday

Senator Johnny Isakson is Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. As I noted in a recent column, his committee has been passing a series of reform measures aimed at fixing the myriad of problems within the V.A. system. Despite progress, many veterans still need help. Senator Isakson’s remarks were optimistic about the improvements while

Veteran Sets Fire to Himself in Front of State Capitol

According the AJC, a 58 year-old Air Force Veteran who was disgruntled with the VA, set himself on fire with a homemade device, firecrackers, and flammable liquid outside the Capitol in Atlanta this morning. From GSP Capt. Mark Perry, “He was strapped with some homemade incendiary devices (and) firecrackers, and doused himself with some kind of

Isakson Champions VA Reforms

This week’s Courier Herald column: Johnny Isakson is on a mission. Several years ago I asked Georgia’s Senior Senator why he was still doing what he was doing. Washington seemed like it was becoming unpleasant. The President and Congress were controlled by opposite parties, and getting to 60 votes in the Senate seemed impossible most

The Army’s Future Possibly Coming to Atlanta

Atlanta is one of 15 finalists for the Army’s new “Future Command”. Part of a broader modernization effort from the military, the Future Command will focus specifically on how “the Army researches, develops, and procures new equipment.” The Army announced that the Future Command must be a city with access to academia and business expertise. Which

Senators Isakson, Perdue Weigh In On President’s Military Plan

Tonight, President Trump gave a speech outlining changes in America’s strategy in Afghanistan and Southeast Asia. Senators Isakson and Perdue have sent along their thoughts, as follows: Senator Isakson: “I support a strategy in Afghanistan that protects our homeland and prevents Afghanistan from once again becoming a haven for terrorists to plot attacks against the

Isakson Proposes Comprehensive G.I. Bill Update & Reform

From a press release: WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, today introduced broad, bipartisan legislation that seeks to improve veterans’ education benefits and enhance the post-9/11 G.I. Bill. The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, S.1598, will further invest in the proven educational

Georgia Congressional Delegation Responds To Airstrikes In Syria

Below are the statements we’ve received from Georgia’s Congressional delegation on tonight’s strike on a military airfield in Syria. From Senator Isakson: “I salute the brave men and women of the U.S. military who conducted these operations tonight. President Trump’s decision to strike the Assad regime’s air base where chemical weapons were deployed against the

New Troops Headed To Ft Benning

From a press release: WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., today applauded the decision by the U.S. Army to locate two new missions at Fort Benning that would bring 85 positions to Columbus, Ga., with room for additional significant growth. “Fort Benning is well positioned to accept these new