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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.  

During the 115th Congress, 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.


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

November 30, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) and seven fellow veteran Members of Congress sent a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie, calling for full repayment of benefits owed to veterans under the Forever GI Bill.

The letter follows troubling reports that the Department of Veterans Affairs does not intend to reimburse veterans for underpayment of educational benefits. The lawmakers expressed concern regarding ongoing and persistent delays and continued uncertainty experienced by affected veterans and their families.

November 13, 2018 Page

I had the privilege this weekend of speaking with some veterans from our community who served our country and fought for our freedom. I would like to share some pictures from Veterans Day 2018 events across the district. 

I thank all of our veterans and their families for their service to our nation.


November 9, 2018 In The News

In between Saturday's Stanford football game and the San Francisco 49ers Monday Night Football matchup, the U.S. Army's Golden Knights will drop into Salinas for the eighth annual Veterans Day Parade.

On Sunday, paratroopers will descend from sunny skies – projected to be in the 70s – onto Salinas High School's practice field during opening ceremonies in the school's parking lot at 1 p.m.

The parade will start at 2 p.m. at Salinas High School, then head south on Main Street and into Oldtown.

September 25, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Earlier this month, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) and Congressman Brian Mast (R-FL) introduced House Resolution 1062 recognizing the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) and its leadership in researching and protecting servicemembers from infectious diseases such as malaria.

September 20, 2018 In The News

Rep. Jimmy Panetta announced staff mobile office hours for veterans services from 1-3 p.m. Monday at the Cabrillo College Veterans Information Center, 6500 Soquel Ave. Building 900, No. 914.

Mobile office hours are an opportunity for veterans living on the central coast to meet with Congressional staff members, and are offered in addition to meetings in the Salinas and Santa Cruz Congressional offices. To schedule a meeting, call 831-424-2229.

September 18, 2018 In The News

Veterans Resource Centers can be found on college campuses across the nation, but funding for them is scarce.  A bill in Congress could change that.

Army veteran Gilbert Bernabe is not your traditional college student.  He served in both Iraq and Afghanistan before starting work on his bachelor’s degree.  By then, he was 35 and going through a divorce.

He credits support from on campus Veterans Resource Centers at Hartnell College and Cal State Monterey Bay for keeping him on track. He graduates this semester.

September 17, 2018 In The News

CSU Monterey student and veteran Gilbert Bernabe listens to Congressman Jimmy Panetta with CSU Monterey Bay president Eduardo Ochoa at a event on Monday to introduce a bill supporting veteran students.  (Vern Fisher - Monterey Herald)

Marina >> The Veteran Resource Center at CSU Monterey Bay might be getting some financial help in the near future from federal government grants that have been proposed.

September 17, 2018 In The News

MONTEREY, Calif. - Un veterano latino de Salinas que sirvió en la guerra de Irak dos veces ahora esta estudiando para ser un trabajador social  y es uno de 100 alumnos veteranos en la Universidad Estatal de la Bahía de Monterey, la cual podría beneficiarse de un nuevo proyecto de ley llamada HR-67- 66.

"Estoy muy contento con la presentación de Jimmy Panetta," dijo José Luis Ramírez.

Quien asegura que varias de las instituciones educativas no ofrecen suficientes servicios para estudiantes como él.

September 15, 2018 In The News

First term Congressman Jimmy Panetta is well known on Capitol Hill for being a principled and pragmatic lawmaker who regularly puts policy over politics. This week, he is back in California’s 20th District on the Central Coast, living up to his reputation by addressing one of our country’s most overlooked issues – veterans’ education.