Veterans

When our fellow Americans bravely put on the uniform to serve, as over 150,000 Northeast Floridians have, we must ensure that their sacrifice does not go unnoticed.  Our nation’s commitment to our service men and women must not end when they depart the military.  Yet we continue to hear stories of veterans not receiving the care and services they deserve. That’s why when I came to Congress. I proudly served on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee in the 115th Congress and currently serve on the House Appropriations Subcomittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs. In coordination with my colleagues on the Committee, veteran service organizations, and the VA leadership, I am committed to working to restoring a culture of accountability at the VA.  I take this responsibility very seriously and will continue to work on legislation that has positive impacts in the lives of our nation’s veterans.

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More on Veterans

October 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressmen John Rutherford (FL-04) and TJ Cox (CA-21) sent a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs to ask for more information on the VA’s long-term care plans, including assisted living programs, for veterans living with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Veterans who have suffered severe TBI often face challenges with finding adequate care when they return home.

June 5, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Today, Congressman John Rutherford (FL-04) introduced H.R. 3103, the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) Act of 2019, which will increase access to service dogs for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The PAWS Act establishes a competitive grant program through the Department of Veterans Affairs for organizations, such as K9s for Warriors in Ponte Vedra, to pair service dogs with veterans suffering from PTSD.

May 23, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman John Rutherford (FL-04), Congressman Michael Waltz (FL-06), and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced legislation to name a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) clinic in St. Johns County after Private First Class Leo C. Chase, Jr., the first man from St. Johns County to be killed in the Vietnam War. The new VA outpatient clinic will be located at 207 Stratton Road in St. Augustine, and this bill would designate it as the “Leo C. Chase, Jr.

May 22, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2326, the Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer William "Bill" Mulder (Ret.) Transition Improvement Act, which improves resources for members of the Armed Forces to transition from warfighter to civilian. Included in this package is Congressman John Rutherford’s (FL-04) Veterans Armed for Success Act, which was reintroduced in March with the support of fellow Northeast Florida Congressman Al Lawson (FL-05).

May 9, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Rutherford (FL-04) is pleased to announce that the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee voted to advance H.R. 2326, which included Rutherford’s Veterans Armed for Success Act, to the full House for consideration.

November 19, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Rutherford (FL-04) recently wrote an op-ed for Military.com highlighting the House’s work on improving transition assistance for servicemembers in their return to civilian life. Rutherford currently serves on the House Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee and is a former member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee.

November 19, 2018 In The News

Veterans Day is an especially important occasion in Northeast Florida, home to one the most heavily military and veteran populations in the country. It is an honor to serve this community in Congress, and on Veterans Day, our citizens came together to pause and honor the many brave and selfless men and women in our community who served our nation at home and abroad.

September 13, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives voted to approve the House-Senate agreement on H.R. 5895, the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2019. This bill makes key investments in water infrastructure and coastal flood protection, improves care and benefits for our nation’s veterans, and strengthens our military assets. The measure, which passed the Senate yesterday, is expected to be signed into law by President Trump in the coming days. 

August 14, 2018 Press Release

GAINESVILLE, FL/LAKE CITY, FL: Last week, House VA Subcommittee on Health Chairman Neal Dunn (FL-02), Congressmen Ted Yoho (FL-03) and John Rutherford (FL-04), conducted oversight visits of the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System (NF/SGHVS) in Gainesville and Lake City.

June 8, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 5895, the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2019. This bill makes major investments in water infrastructure and coastal flood protection, increases funding for veterans’ health care and benefits, and bolsters our military assets.