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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 wanted to and now proudly serve on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee where I can work on addressing these issues firsthand.  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 31, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -  Congressman John Rutherford introduced H.R. 4132, the Veterans Affairs Physician Recruitment Act of 2017, which would help VA fill health care provider positions that are in critical shortage. According to a recent Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General report, the VA continues to struggle to adequately recruit, staff, and retain high quality providers.

October 25, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -  Today, the House Committee on Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity voted to advance H.R. 3965, the Veterans Armed for Success Act to the full committee for consideration. This bill creates a grant matching program for organizations that provide job readiness programs for veterans. These programs help ensure veterans have the skills they need to transition into a civilian workforce.

October 18, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -  Congressman John Rutherford (FL-04), along with Congressman Al Lawson (FL-05), recently introduced H.R. 3965, the Veterans Armed for Success Act. This legislation creates a grant matching program for organizations that provide job readiness programs for veterans. These programs help ensure veterans have the skills they need to transition into a civilian workforce.

August 21, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Rutherford issued the following statement after President Trump signed into law two important bills for veterans - the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, and a bill to extend the authorization of the Veterans Choice health care program which also includes the authorization for a new outpatient clinic in Jacksonville.  These bipartisan, bicameral packages are the product of collaboration between many veteran service organizations, the House and Senate VA Committees, and veteran advocates.

August 1, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, Congressman John Rutherford voted for H.R. 3219, the Make America Secure Appropriations Act, which provides funding in Fiscal Year 2018 for the Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs, and Energy.  It also provides funds for water infrastructure initiatives and the construction of much needed fencing, levees and secondary barriers along vulnerable portions of our southern border.

July 28, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representatives John Rutherford (FL-04) and Al Lawson (FL-05) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed S.

July 24, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman John Rutherford issued the following statement after the United States House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 to modernize the GI Bill. This bipartisan, bicameral package, which is the product of the hard work of many veteran service organizations, the House and Senate VA Committees, and veteran advocates, is budget neutral and includes Congressman Rutherford’s Julian Woods Yellow Ribbon Program Expansion Act.

July 13, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Rutherford (R-FL) issued the following statement after the House Veterans Affairs Committee introduced the bipartisan Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 to modernize the GI Bill. This bipartisan, bicameral package is budget neutral and includes provisions that have been proposed and prioritized by Veterans Service Organizations.

May 25, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman John Rutherford in partnership with Senator Rubio, Senator Nelson, and the entire Florida delegation sent a letter to Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson to advocate for the basing of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighters at the 125th Fighter Wing in Jacksonville.

May 24, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Army Corps of Engineers awarded $17.5 million for the Jacksonville Port deepening project in its FY 2017 Work Plan. This funding will begin construction of the deep draft navigation improvements at JAXPORT. Congressman Rutherford has urged the Army Corps for funding to deepen the Jacksonville harbor, which would bring larger ships, economic growth, and jobs to Northeast Florida.