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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 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.


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More on Veterans

June 7, 2019 In The News

TO HONOR those who lost their lives during the allied invasion of Nazi-controlled Europe 75 years ago, Democratic Rep. Jimmy Panetta was part of a congressional delegation that visited France Thursday.

Panetta attended D-Day ceremonies at the U.S. cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, and some of the beaches where the World War II invasion took place on June 6, 1944. The delegation included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and more than 50 others.

June 6, 2019 In The News

SALINAS, Calif. - President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day with speeches honoring the sacrifice of Allied soldiers who stormed the beaches of Normandy, France on June 6, 1944 to begin the liberation of Europe from Nazi tyranny.

Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D) was among a Congressional delegation that attended the ceremonies.

June 6, 2019 In The News

U.S. Congressional delegation to Normandy includes Speaker Pelosi, Minority Leader McCarthy


MONTEREY – On the 75th anniversary of the Normandy invasion, Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Carmel Valley, will be part of a bipartisan Congressional delegation in France to pay homage to the memory of those who fought for the Allies on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

The delegation includes House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy with as many as 60 other members of Congress.

June 6, 2019 Press Release

Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) marked the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France.  He was selected to be a part of a bipartisan Congressional delegation of U.S. Representatives, along with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, to recognize the extraordinary courage and sacrifice of the American and Allied forces who launched the liberation of Europe during World War II.

May 29, 2019 In The News

SOLEDAD — American flags, a special ceremony and a guest appearance by Congressman Jimmy Panetta paid tribute to fallen soldiers and military members May 27 at the Soledad Cemetery.

Soledad American Legion Post 32 started off the ceremony with Commander Juan Baltierra, who introduced the placing of the MIA (Missing in Action) chair wrap by Tom Vaughan and Tony Virrueta.

May 27, 2019 In The News

Helping veterans and active duty military has been a focus of Representative Jimmy Panetta during his time in Congress. He is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan. He served in the Navy Reserve.

I recently met him at his office in Washington, D.C.  and asked how his service has shaped his work as a lawmaker.

May 27, 2019 In The News

SEASIDE — As a hallowed flag flew at half staff above more than 75 veterans and their families who gathered on a cool Monday morning at the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery in Seaside, one elected official after another paid tribute to the men and women who made a final sacrifice for their country.

Jimmy Panetta, a Navy veteran and a Congressman representing the 20th District in the House of Representatives, opened his remarks on a “sober and somber day.”

May 21, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20) and Congressman Doug LaMalfa’s (R-CA-01) legislation, the Honoring Veterans’ Families Act.  The bipartisan legislation allows the spouse and dependent children of a veteran to be included on the veteran’s grave marker upon their death.  Due to a flaw in current law, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) cannot include almost any information about the spouse of a veteran on a VA-provided tombstone at a non-VA cemetery.

May 17, 2019 In The News

SALINAS, Calif. - A bipartisan group of lawmakers is backing new legislation to improve living conditions in privatized military housing.

Central Coast Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D) is author of the Better Military Housing Act. Panetta says the bill will provide oversight and enhance the health, safety, and quality of privatized military housing.

May 16, 2019 In The News

In February, both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives held hearings where military families from across the country shared harrowing stories of living with mold, lead paint and rats, along with pleas to private management companies that appeared indifferent. In March, military leaders publicly apologized, acknowledging they had failed to oversee the companies since the military privatized housing management in 1996.