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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.

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August 8, 2018 Page

I will be holding town hall meetings this month in Salinas, Watsonville, and Monterey.  These meetings will be opportunities for members of our community to share their ideas and concerns about issues affecting the central coast of California.  Seating for all events is first come, first served.  Town halls will also be live-streamed on my Facebook and YouTube pages.  

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August 4, 2018 In The News

Seaside >> Dennis Lewallen, a retired U.S. Army infantryman, was searching the internet from his Kansas home recently for information on a man he had served with who had been killed in Vietnam.

The name Laszlo Holovits pulled in a Monterey Herald story from 2015.

“I am trying to decide if there would be any benefit to Mrs. Holovits in contacting her,” he emailed the reporter.

August 1, 2018 In The News

Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) joined Central Coast veterans for a “Vet into Your Sanctuary” Cruise on board the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research vessel Fulmar.

July 31, 2018 In The News

More than 80 Congressmen, in a letter to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, are voicing opposition to "unacceptable" changes to the transferability policy for the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill. 

Read the letter here.

July 31, 2018 In The News

Monterey Bay >> Combining ocean stewardship with military veterans, Congressman Jimmy Panetta joined more than two dozen Central Coast veterans for a cruise in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary to celebrate “Vet Into Your Sanctuary.”

July 30, 2018 Press Release

MONTEREY, CA – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) joined Central Coast veterans for a “Vet into Your Sanctuary” Cruise on board the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research vessel Fulmar.

July 26, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) cosponsored the Veteran Empowerment and Training to Facilitate Agricultural Revitalization and Mobilization Act (VET-2-FARM Act) of 2018 in the U.S. House of Representatives.  By ensuring that all veterans are eligible for support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and enabling community partners to work with veterans interested in agriculture, this legislation will help veterans earn jobs in agriculture following their military service.

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.