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:
- 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.
- "The GI Bill for Life" 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.
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California and Central Coast lawmakers are speaking out against President Trump’s decision to ban transgender soldiers from serving in the military.
Trump announced this decision in a series of tweets Wednesday morning.
He tweeted “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow…transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.”
Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20), a member of the House Armed Services Committee and a member of the House Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Equality Caucus, issued the following statement today after President Donald Trump tweeted that transgender Americans will no longer be able to serve in the U.S. military:
After President Trump tweeted that transgender Americans will no longer be able to serve in the U.S. military, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) issued the following statement:
MONTEREY, Calif. - President Trump announced in a series of tweets Wednesday that transgender people will be banned from serving in the armed forces "in any capacity."
This decision reverses a policy that the Defense Department approved under President Obama last year. Ash Carter, Defense Secretary under Obama, ended the ban on trans people openly serving in the military in June 2016, granting the Pentagon a year-long review period to determine how it would accept transgender recruits into the military.
WASHINGTON – Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2781, the Ensuring Veteran Enterprise Participation in Strategic Sourcing Act. This legislation expands government contract opportunities for veteran-owned small businesses and ensures that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is complying with federal law. The bipartisan bill, coauthored by Congressman Neal Dunn (R-FL-02) and Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20), passed with unanimous consent.
ACTIVE DUTY soldiers and veterans who commit misdemeanors in Monterey County and are suffering from mental health problems or other issues related to their military service will now have a chance to resolve their cases in a special court instead of facing jail or other penalties.
On June 7, the Monterey County Superior Court launched what it calls the “military diversion calendar,” which allows military defendants charged with relatively minor crimes to undergo counseling and treatment under the direction of the Veterans Administration and Monterey County Behavioral Health.
CASTROVILLE, Calif. - UPDATE 05/29/17 6:00PM: The Central Coast has a rich military history, which means it's not hard to find a ceremony to attend on this Memorial Day. One particular ceremony had our local political figures come out and share their experiences.
The Castroville Public Cemetery is the final resting place for many Central Coast Veterans, and on this Memorial Day, the tradition of honoring those who fought and died for our country continued.