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As a veteran myself, I recognize the sacrifices that our military men and women make every day, both during and after their service. I intend to honor them through my work, and fight for them every chance I get.  

In the 115th Congress, I have cosponsored:

  • The WINGMAN Act, a bipartisan bill aimed at helping veterans through the claims process with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
  • The Reserve Component Benefits Parity Act, which addresses unequal compensation for reserve-component members who deploy.
  • The VA Employee Fairness Act of 2017, to modify authorities relating to the collective bargaining of employees in the Veterans Health Administration.


For more information concerning work and views related to Veterans issues, please contact our office.

More on Veterans

June 16, 2017 In The News

ACTIVE DUTY soldiers and veterans who commit misdemeanors in Monterey County and are suffering from mental health problems or other issues related to their military service will now have a chance to resolve their cases in a special court instead of facing jail or other penalties.

On June 7, the Monterey County Superior Court launched what it calls the “military diversion calendar,” which allows military defendants charged with relatively minor crimes to undergo counseling and treatment under the direction of the Veterans Administration and Monterey County Behavioral Health.

June 7, 2017 Press Release
The Ensuring Veteran Enterprise Participation in Strategic Sourcing Act would direct the Department of Veterans Affairs to work with the General Services Administration (GSA) to increase the number of Service-Disabled Veteran and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses represented on GSA contracts.
May 29, 2017 In The News

CASTROVILLE, Calif. - UPDATE 05/29/17 6:00PM:  The Central Coast has a rich military history, which means it's not hard to find a ceremony to attend on this Memorial Day. One particular ceremony had our local political figures come out and share their experiences.

The Castroville Public Cemetery is the final resting place for many Central Coast Veterans, and on this Memorial Day, the tradition of honoring those who fought and died for our country continued.

May 29, 2017 In The News
Congressman Jimmy Panetta said that everyone in the country should acknowledge “our responsibility as Americans.” “All of us know that our founding fathers made it clear: That we are a nation of we the people,” Panetta said. “Therefore it’s left to we the people to determine our democracy, to determine our destiny.
May 23, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) released the following statement today in response to President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018, “A New Foundation for American Greatness”:

“President Trump’s damaging budget proposal would slash government programs critical to families, students, and businesses on the central coast of California.

May 3, 2017 In The News
Congressman says he has not missed any votes and has played a role in 50 pieces of legislation so far
March 16, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s proposed 2018 federal budget:

“If implemented, President Trump’s 2018 budget request would take vital services away from American families and workers in order to pay for a large, indiscriminate increase in military and homeland security spending.