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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

November 13, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20) introduced the Veterans Earned Transportation Act (Vets ETA). The legislation reauthorizes a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) program providing transportation services to or from VA facilities or other locations in connection with vocational rehabilitation, counseling, and medical examination, treatment, or care. Congressman Van Taylor (R-TX-03) is the lead cosponsor of the bill.

November 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) cosponsored the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Location Act to authorize the establishment of a memorial for service members of the Global War on Terrorism in the Reserve section of the National Mall. The proposed locations outlined in the bill include: Constitution Gardens, West Potomac Park and the JFK Hockey Fields.

November 11, 2019 In The News

WATSONVILLE—As the steeple bells of St. Patrick’s Cathedral struck 10 Monday morning, a group of former military members began a march from the church’s parking lot to the Watsonville Veterans Memorial Building, a tradition that heralds in the annual Veteran’s Day ceremony.

Dozens of people lined the streets to pay their respect to the two-dozen marchers, waving miniature U.S. flags and applauding as they passed.

November 8, 2019 In The News

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie said the agency is struggling with the same shortage of cancer treatment experts that the U.S. medical community at large has faced, which veterans told McClatchy has resulted in missed or late-stage cancer diagnoses.

November 8, 2019 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) introduced legislation to direct research into the correlation between radiation exposure and prostate cancer in veterans.

November 7, 2019 In The News

SALINAS, Calif. - Signs displaying the names of our nation's heroes will soon be placed on highways around Monterey County. They were unveiled Thursday night at an event in Salinas to memorialize five fallen men from Monterey County. All five were killed in combat in Afghanistan between 2010 and 2014. 

- U.S. Army Ranger Ricardo Cerros, Jr. of Salinas

- Army Specialist Vilmar Galarza of Salinas

- U.S. Army Sargent Javier Sanchez, Jr. of Greenfield

- Army Chief Warrant Officer Edward Balli of Salinas

November 6, 2019 In The News

In the nighttime hours of Jan. 20, 2014, insurgents used a car bomb to break through the wall at a Kandahar, Afghanistan, outpost where Salinas native and U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Edward Balli, 42, was stationed.  

October 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee passed Congressman Jimmy Panetta’s (CA-20) bipartisan legislation, the Legal Services for Homeless Veterans Act, H.R.3749, recommending the legislation for a vote in the full U.S. House of Representatives.

October 9, 2019 In The News

What was once a military training ground is now a scenic cemetery with a place for veterans to be laid to rest. As it gets ready to expand beyond phase one, the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery on the former Fort Ord received recognition on Oct. 9 from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which presented an Organizational Excellence Award.

September 26, 2019 In The News

WASHINGTON

Panetta announces cemetery funding

Rep. Jimmy Panetta announced Wednesday that the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery was awarded a federal grant totaling more than $6.4 million $6,417,059 from the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration. The grant will be used for the expansion of the cemetery.