Category: Veterans/Military Issues

America Is Right To Continue Aid To Ukraine

This week’s Courier Herald column: The Christmas story, as told in the Gospel of Luke, contains the following phrase as part of one verse: “And on earth peace, good will toward men.” Ten months ago tanks rolled across the Russian border with Ukraine and quickly captured much of Ukraine’s eastern territories.  Suddenly, the almost unthinkable

Isakson: Serving Our Veterans

By U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs One of the greatest testaments to the United States of America is the unflagging dedication of our armed forces and the men and women who volunteer to uphold the mantle of freedom. In a world of unknown and dangerous threats, nearly

Revisiting The Summer of 69

This week’s Courier Herald column: Last week was a bit of a milestone, as the calendar tells me that I’ve turned 50.  It’s hard not to spend at least a little bit of time thinking about how the world and this country have changed over that half century. Bryan Adams had a hit song “Summer

Sen. Isakson Leads Bipartisan Senate Delegation at Normandy D-Day Memorial

Photos are here. Copying from the press release: U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, this week led a bipartisan Senate delegation to Normandy, France, for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion by Allied forces during World War II. The 17-senator delegation joined President Donald J. Trump and

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