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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

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.

March 21, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Rutherford (R-Fla.), a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, sent a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Shulkin asking that he look into whether proper leave protocols were followed by VA employees who engaged in recent union protests outside VA, AFL-CIO Headquarters and at the U.S. Capitol.
January 30, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Rutherford (FL-04) made the following statement regarding this evening’s State of the Union address:

December 19, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee unanimously voted to advance H.R. 4242, the VA Care in the Community Act, to the full House for consideration. This bill will streamline the VA’s community care programs while also working to improve VA’s internal capacity to care for veteran patients. An amendment included by Congressman Rutherford would help VA fill health care provider positions, which are in critical shortage, by improving physician recruitment.

December 18, 2017 Press Release

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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.