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Veterans

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 Gold Star Family Support Act, which will give Gold Star Families access to military installations’ services and benefits, regardless of remarriage. This bill passed the House. 
  • The Global War on Terrorism War Memorial Act, which will allow for construction of a memorial commemorating the Global War on Terror on our National Mall. This was signed into law.
  • Ensuring Veteran Enterprise Participation in Strategic Sourcing Act, a bipartisan bill that directs 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.
  • "Forever GI" bill, The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, a bipartisan bill that would close current gaps in the existing Post 9/11 GI Bill and guarantee that veterans have access to their hard-earned GI Bill benefits beyond the current 15-year time limit.
  • 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

May 30, 2018 In The News

 

SEASIDE, Calif. - The American flag, escorted by three American Legion Riders across the country, was raised for the first time on Memorial Day at California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery.

Steve "Pops" Culver, Hy "Crash" Libby and Rick "Phin" Phinney rode the flag nearly 10,000 miles across the United States back in September, known as the "Epic Ride."

They ultimately took it to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery where it flew before being returned to the Central Coast. 

May 28, 2018 In The News

Fort Ord >> The Epic Flag rode across the country on the back of a motorcycle, flew over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery and at last has made it back home. The large U.S. flag flew over the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery in its inaugural Memorial Day ceremony Monday morning.

“We had to fight a lot of battles to make this happen,” state Assemblymember Anna Caballero said of the cemetery.

May 28, 2018 In The News

On a bright Memorial Day morning, two men from Salinas and another from Prunedale hoisted up an American flag in Seaside -- sunlight gleamed through the stars and stripes as it rose. 

The flag meant much more than a symbol of America to the men.

In 33 days, they'd crisscrossed the nation on three motorcycles, eventually flying the brand-new flag over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. 

May 28, 2018 In The News

SANTA CRUZ >> Abigail Garcia, Morgan Scheiblauer and Emma Barsanti stepped up Monday to do their part in the 151st Memorial Day observance attended by more than 120 people at Evergreen Cemetery.

The trio, members of Girl Scout Troop 10116 in Live Oak, folded the American flag as Army retiree Chuck Woodson explained what each of the 13 folds signifies.

They heard Sungye Hawke, student minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Santa Cruz County lead a prayer: “We are grateful and we are free.”

April 19, 2018 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) released the following statement after the mark-up of the 2018 Farm Bill. Ahead of the expiration of the 2014 Farm Bill on September 30th, 2018, the House Agriculture Committee is working to reauthorize the legislation focused on farm policy, rural development, agriculture research, and federal nutrition programs.

April 10, 2018 In The News

Salinas >> Johnnie D. Johnson of Salinas has received medals for his 20 years of service in the Navy before, but he never participated in any kind of award ceremony.

“This has never happened before,” he said recently in the Salinas office of Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Carmel Valley, where Johnson finally received the Vietnam Service Medal. “For one of my other medals, they just handed me a letter. I didn’t even know what it was for.”

April 6, 2018 In The News

CONGRESSMAN JIMMY Panetta Wednesday awarded a veteran of the Vietnam War with the Vietnam Service Medal, which honors those who served in the 20-year war. Johnnie Dean Johnson, 66, who served with the United States Navy on the USS Coral Sea, was presented the medal at Panetta’s district office in Salinas. Johnson took part in the March 1975 Operation Frequent Wind, a largescale evacuation where helicopters were used to transport more than 1,000 Americans and nearly 6,000 Vietnamese from Saigon, South Vietnam to aircraft carriers.

April 5, 2018 In The News

A Vietnam-era veteran was recognized for his service Wednesday in Salinas by Congressman Jimmy Panetta.

Salinas resident Johnnie Johnson, 66, was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal that recognizes his time in the region, specifically during his time on the USS Coral Sea during Operation Frequent Wind in the 1975 evacuation of Saigon as a member of the United States Navy.

April 4, 2018 In The News

Salinas >> Johnnie Johnson, 66, is awarded the Vietnam Service Medal in honor of his work on the USS Coral Sea during Operation Frequent Wind, the evacuation of Saigon at the conclusion of the Vietnam War. Rep. Jimmy Panetta presented the award Wednesday afternoon at his office in Salinas. Manny Jimenez, a staffer in Panetta’s office, helped research and correct Johnson’s previous incorrectly-awarded medal. “This closes a chapter in my career,” said Johnson. “I can finally call myself a Vietnam veteran.” Johnson served a total of 20 years in the U.S. Navy.

March 24, 2018 In The News
The news also prompted concern on Capitol Hill. Rep. Jimmy Panetta, a Democrat from California and member of the House Armed Services Committee, said in a statement that “the ban, which implements the same policy that was blocked by several courts, runs counter to the American values that our troops are fighting to protect.”