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

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.
May 24, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Rutherford (FL-04) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by a vote of 351-66. The bill now heads to the Senate for debate and passage.
May 8, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs voted to advance H.R. 5674, the Department of Veterans Affairs Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks, or VA MISSION Act. This bill includes Congressman John Rutherford’s (R-FL) Veterans Affairs Physician Recruitment Act, which will strengthen the VA’s ability to recruit and retain quality providers through scholarships, attractive loan repayment plans, and a pilot program that will increase the number of providers who are veterans themselves.