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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 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

March 5, 2018 Page


Serving our Veterans: This month, I spoke with the Monterey Herald about our veterans’ frustrations about the Marina VA-DoD clinic’s pharmacy.

March 1, 2018 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) today announced dates and locations for staff mobile office hours for the month of March. Congressional staff members will be available in Hollister, Watsonville, and Gonzales to assist with issues concerning Social Security, Medicare, federal employee retirement, immigration services, veterans' services, passports, searching for military records, and any other federal matters.

February 5, 2018 Page
Read below about the work that I have done to serve our veterans, foster our agriculture industry, fix our broken immigration system, and protect our environment.
January 30, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address:

“Tonight, President Trump delivered his first State of the Union address. Although he spoke of unity and compromise, his actions have yet to show this commitment. He has maintained his scare tactics about immigration, politicized our national security, and spoke of his so-called “America-first” trade agenda that would put California agriculture last.

January 19, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA), along with Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), and Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) of the House Democratic Caucus National Security Task Force, made the following statement about funding for the U.S. government:

January 18, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) today joined Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-AR) and a bipartisan group of House members in introducing a bill to modify the presumption of service connection for veterans exposed to herbicides while serving in Thailand. The bill would give veterans who served in Thailand during the Vietnam War era the opportunity to prove exposure to herbicide agents like Agent Orange and receive Veterans Administration benefits for service-related health problems.

January 18, 2018 In The News

A bipartisan group of House members will host a briefing Friday on programs in the farm bill that support farmer veterans and reduce veterans' food insecurity.

The briefing will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room 1302 of the Longworth House Office Building. It will also be livestreamed on the Facebook page of Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine.

January 11, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) participated yesterday in a bipartisan meeting with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue and members of the U.S. House of Representatives to discuss improving the USDA’s efforts to recruit and train veteran interested in becoming farmers.

December 21, 2017 Page

Since the day of my swearing-in as your Congressman, I have worked to ensure that our home continues to have a sturdy bridge to the federal government and its resources, through constituent meetings, town halls, and roundtables. My work in Washington and on the central coast of California has consisted of and focused on the following priorities (in alphabetical order):


December 7, 2017 Page

Congressional staff members will be available in Watsonville, Hollister, and Soledad to assist constituents with issues concerning Social Security, Medicare, immigration, veterans affairs, expediting paperwork for passports, searching military records, or any other federal matters. To schedule a meeting, please call my Salinas office at 831-424-2229.



Wednesday, December 13 — Watsonville

Watsonville Public Library

275 Main Street, Suite 100

Watsonville, CA 95076