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.  

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

March 31, 2020 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) applauded unanimous House passage of  the bipartisan Student Veteran Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, H.R. 6322. The legislation minimizes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on student veterans as schools and universities have taken proactive measures to mitigate the spread of the virus.  Congressman Panetta cosponsored the measure.

February 26, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed Congressman Jimmy Panetta’s (D-Carmel Valley) bipartisan legislation, the Legal Services for Homeless Veterans Act, H.R.3749.  The Legal Services for Homeless Veterans Act directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide grants to organizations that provide legal services to homeless veterans and veterans at risk for homelessness.

February 4, 2020 Press Release

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

 

January 7, 2020 In The News

Army Pfc. Robert Fletcher restarted his life in Ann Arbor after the Korean War, the trauma of combat and captivity never far from his mind. He'd survived nearly three years of extreme hunger, freezing temperatures and psychological abuse as a prisoner of war in Camp No. 5 along the banks of the Yalu River that divides China and North Korea.

January 7, 2020 In The News

Army Pfc. Robert Fletcher restarted his life in Ann Arbor after the Korean War, the trauma of combat and captivity never far from his mind. 

He’d survived nearly three years of extreme hunger, freezing temperatures and psychological abuse as a prisoner of war in Camp No. 5 along the banks of the Yalu River that divides China and North Korea. 

Back home, Fletcher’s harrowing experience manifested itself as a myriad of health problems and severe PTSD that cropped up daily until his death at age 85.

December 27, 2019 In The News

Medal of Honor recipients and prisoners of war are entitled to burial with full honors at Arlington National Cemetery, regardless of rank, under the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act signed into law last week by President Donald Trump.

December 23, 2019 In The News

Have you heard of the ‘For Country’ caucus? In a political moment defined by acrimony above all else, this caucus brings together members of Congress who have served in the military — Democrats and Republicans. They meet regularly and work together on interests of common concern, including defense, but also beyond.

December 23, 2019 In The News

Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) cosponsored bipartisan legislation to restore eligibility to servicemembers seeking to transfer their educational benefits to dependents. The Post-9/11 GI Bill Transferability Entitlement Act ensures that all servicemembers who have completed ten years of service in the Armed Forces are eligible to transfer their benefits to dependents at any time, both while serving on active duty and as a veteran.

December 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, the Chairs of the bipartisan For Country Caucus – which is comprised of veterans serving in Congress – celebrated a lengthy list of accomplishments for the military, veterans and military families in the 2020 Fiscal Year National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which President Donald J. Trump will sign into law today.

December 20, 2019 In The News

Many of our local military families are fighting a battle on the home front. They say living in privatized military housing, like the Parks at Monterey Bay, is making their families sick. During a recent town hall meeting at the Presidio of Monterey, they voiced concerns about mold and infrastructure issues.

Now, federal lawmakers are taking action. This week, President Trump signed into law, legislation that included Central Coast Congressman Jimmy Panetta’s “Better Military Housing Act”.