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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

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.

April 7, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Rutherford released the following statement:

March 20, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Rutherford released the following statement after voting in support of the Fiscal Year 2017 (FY2017) Defense Appropriations bill:

March 8, 2017 Press Release

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Rutherford released the following statement after his legislation, H.R. 1294 was considered at the meeting of the House Committee on Homeland Security.

February 27, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chairman Michael McCaul of the House Committee on Homeland Security appointed Congressman John Rutherford to the newly-created Task Force on Denying Terrorists Entry into the United States. This position on the Committee expands the work already being done to stop terrorists from entering the United States. The Task Force will examine pathways by which terrorists might infiltrate and will look to identify gaps in U.S. intelligence sharing and vetting procedures.

February 21, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Last week, the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Subcommitte on Economic Opportunity Held a hearing to examine union activities at the Department of Veterans' Affairs. View Congressman Rutherford's remarks from the hearing here.

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February 15, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman John Rutherford (FL-04) applauded the Navy’s decision to make Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville the East Coast Forward Operating Base for the MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft. The MQ-4C Triton drone system specializes in maritime information, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions.  It can monitor the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea in a 360-degree circle, 24 hours at a time and can fly at altitudes higher than ten miles. This system builds on existing related Naval infrastructure in Jacksonville including the P-8A Poseidon