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.  

During the 115th and 116th Congresses, I am proud to have authored and introduced bipartisan bills to support our student veterans on college campuses.  The Veterans Resource Center Act would authorize grants for Veterans Resource Centers to advise, assist, and support military-connected students and encourage priority registration for veterans.  I co-introduced the GI Bill Transfer Extension Act, legislation that will increase flexibility for service members seeking to transfer their GI Bill education benefits.  I will continue to work to support veterans and their families in their pursuit of higher education.

Military families face challenges that not every American family encounters, from frequent moves and service member absences at family events during their training and deployments, to certain restrictions they face living on military installations as well as overseas.  My staff and I will continue to lead efforts in legislative work for all matters that:

  • coordinate with communities and organizations to provide a welcoming environment to our veterans in order to ease their transition and make them feel accepted;
  • facilitate service members transition into the civilian sector by reducing barriers and providing the resources they need to navigate this process;
  • preserve and honor the memory of those service members who sacrificed everything for their country;
  • protects benefits of military members and their families;
  • promotes educational opportunities and advances career paths of military members and their families;
  • and, ensures mental, health, and dental resources remain easily accessible for military members and their families.


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


More on Veterans

April 14, 2021 Press Release

Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) introduced the Veterans Earned Transportation (Vets ETA) Act.  The legislation permanently reauthorizes a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) program that provides safe and reliable transportation to and from VA facilities or other locations providing critical care such as vocational rehabilitation, counseling, and medical treatment.  Congressman Van Taylor (R-TX-03), Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA-33), and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01) are original cosponsors of the bipartisan bill.

March 10, 2021 Press Release

Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) commended the unanimous House passage of H.R. 1276, the VA VACCINE Act.  Congressman Panetta is a cosponsor of the legislation, which expands the Department of Veterans Affairs’ ability to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to all veterans, including those not enrolled in the VA healthcare system, and their caregivers.

February 7, 2021 Press Release

This week, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) and the Major General William H. Gourley VA-DoD Outpatient Clinic in Marina announced that the facility will hold a COVID-19 vaccine distribution day on Saturday, February 13, for veterans ages 75 and up.

February 5, 2021 Press Release

Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) announced that he was appointed by Congressional leadership to serve on three important House Committees in the 117th Congress: the House Committee on Ways and Means, the House Committee on Agriculture, and the House Committee on Armed Services.  This will be Congressman Panetta’s third consecutive term serving on the Agriculture Committee and his second serving on Ways and Means.  He was asked to return to the Armed Services Committee having served on the committee during his first term in office.


February 4, 2021 Press Release

Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) sent a letter to leadership of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calling on the agencies to expand COVID-19 vaccine dose allocations to VA clinics and facilities outside of major population centers.  The request, directed to VA Acting Secretary Tran, HHS Acting Secretary Cochran, and CDC Director Walensky, seeks to significantly increase vaccine access and reduce travel time for the veterans.


December 21, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) commended the House passage of a bipartisan $1.4 trillion FY2021 Omnibus spending package.  The FY2021 Omnibus funding measure includes appropriated funding for COVID relief, veterans’ healthcare, clean energy, and more.  The spending package also addresses expiring tax provisions for small businesses such as Central Coast wineries, families, and clean energy.  The Omnibus will now go to the Senate fo

December 17, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) was joined by Representatives Clay Higgins (R-LA), Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Greg Steube (R-FL), Cindy Axne (D-IA), and Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ) to introduce the bipartisan Priority Response for Veterans Impacted by Disasters and Emergencies (PROVIDE) Act.  The PROVIDE Act directs the VA Secretary to ensure that veterans impacted by major disasters are eligible for expedited processing of disabili

December 8, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) commended the House passage the conference report of the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  Congressman Panetta served as a conferee, representing the Committee on Ways and Means to secure Central Coast priorities in the final bill package.  The conference report passed at a margin of 335-78, safeguarding the legislation from a potential veto by President Donald Trump.


November 24, 2020 Press Release

SALINAS, CA - Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) and Congressman Van Taylor (TX-03) led 233 of their colleagues in sending a letter urging the Natio

September 16, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) joined Representatives Jackie Speier (D-CA), Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), Sylvia Garcia (D-TX), Veronica Escobar (D-TX), Jason Crow (D-CO), and Gil Cisneros (D-CA) in introducing the I Am Vanessa Guillén Act to offer greater support to survivors of military sexual trauma (MST) and harassment and improve oversight of military sexual assault cases.