Honoring Senator Johnny Isakson (1944-2021)

 Veterans owe a debt of gratitude to Sen. Isakson for his many years of leadership — frequently reaching beyond the politics of the day — to improve the way in which our nation honors them and their families for their service. Because of his commitment, veterans have improved access to education, healthcare, and other benefits.

As an organization committed to the success of veterans in higher education, we at Veterans Education Success regularly counted on Senator Isakson’s support when the times called for major change. We honor his life and legacy as a stalwart in American politics, and as a lifelong public servant from the State of Georgia.  

Senator Isakson’s life in public service culminated in his service as Chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and the Ethics Committee, both of which personified his fierce commitment to this Nation’s veterans and unyielding standards set in his personal code of conduct. 

As Chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee, he led the fight in the Senate for accountability on behalf of veterans and their families, achieving a long list of significant accomplishments. Senator Isakson was the honored namesake of the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020, an omnibus law including The Protect the GI Bill Act, and directly impacting millions of veterans across the country.

 Senator Isakson served in the Air National Guard from 1966 to 1972, and was a graduate of the University of Georgia. He is survived by his wife, Diane, three children, and nine grandchildren. His legacy of service and honor will have a significant impact on the country for decades to come.


Honoring Senator Johnny Isakson (1944-2021)