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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.


For more information concerning work and views related to Veterans issues, please contact our office.

More on Veterans

July 19, 2019 In The News
At least three Veterans Transition Center programs could receive grants
July 18, 2019 In The News

A bill introduced last week by Congressman Jimmy Panetta would enable judges to forgive missed court dates by those who are seeking asylum, making it easier for them to avoid deportation.

The “Providing Justice for Asylum Seekers Act” would give immigration judges greater discretion to decide whether non-citizens seeking asylum who miss court dates should have them rescheduled.

The bill would also make it possible for a judge to reopen a case if an immigration judge “wrongly” issued a deportation order because an individual didn’t show up in court.

July 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20) announced the introduction of H.R.3749, the Legal Services for Homeless Veterans Act.  The bipartisan legislation directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide grants to organizations that provide legal services to homeless veterans and veterans at risk for homelessness.  Original cosponsors of the bill include fellow veteran members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr.

July 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) supported passage of the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  Congressman Panetta successfully incorporated numerous provisions to the bill that strengthen programs and priorities for Central Coast defense installations and entities, address military housing issues, and keep the United States in the NATO Alliance. 

Support for Local Defense Installations

June 27, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC –  Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to pause the Trump Administration’s plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.

"I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to halt the inclusion of an unnecessary citizenship question in the 2020 Census.  The Administration’s rationale for adding the question is inadequate and based on politics over sound policy.

June 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) supported passage of H.R. 3055, the Commerce-Justice-Science, Agriculture-Related Agencies, Interior-Environment, Military Construction-VA, and Transportation-HUD Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2020. 

Congressman Panetta secured over $29 million in critical federal funding that could benefit the central coast of California, including:

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.