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Congressman Doug LaMalfa

Representing the 1st District of California

Veterans Issues

America’s Veterans deserve our utmost respect and our commitment to them must be unwavering.  These men and women have fought, sacrificed and died to keep our country free and safe.

I am committed to ensuring that all those who have served our nation receive the care and benefits we've promised them, as well as the proper equipment and support during their time as active members of the military. Recent proposals to cut health and retirement benefits for Veterans are deeply misguided and I will oppose them.

Furthermore, during these challenging economic times, it is simply unacceptable to see young men and women returning from multiple deployments and unable to find work. The post-9/11 Veteran unemployment rate is staggering and clearly more needs to be done to provide a smooth transition to civilian life for our soldiers.

We have also seen alarming levels among Veterans of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), stemming from traumatic brain injuries, along with other mental health issues. Our gratitude is not enough.  I will always fight to protect the benefits that Veterans earned.

America’s veterans deserve our respect and our commitment to them must be unwavering.  These men and women have fought, sacrificed and died to keep our country free and safe. 

For more information concerning my work to support our Veterans, please contact me.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you.

More on Veterans Issues

May 21, 2018 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed a package of 14 bills to improve the quality of care and service that veterans receive.
Dec 21, 2017 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed a Continuing Resolution to fund the government until January 19, 2018. Additionally, the House passed an $81 billion disaster aid package for areas affected by wildfires and hurricanes.
Nov 8, 2017 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed numerous pieces of legislation intended to improve the quality of care that veterans receive from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Sep 14, 2017 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after partnering with Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-California) to introduce the Veterans Record Reconstruction Act, which eases the process for veterans to prove their eligibility for certain benefits or decorations.
Jul 28, 2017 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed S. 114, a bill to authorize appropriations for the Veterans Choice Program. The House also passed eleven other pieces of legislation that will expand services and improve care for U.S. veterans.
Jun 13, 2017 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed S. 1094, the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017, which makes it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to remove, demote, or suspend poorly performing VA employees, while still providing protections for due process rights. Additionally, S. 1094 codifies into law President Trump’s Executive Order establishing the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection.
May 26, 2017 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed seven pieces of legislation this week to improve service standards and oversight at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Apr 5, 2017 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House voted to eliminate the sunset date for authorization of the Veterans Choice Program.
Mar 17, 2017 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1259, the VA Accountability First Act and H.R. 1367, To Improve the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to hire and retain physicians and other employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and for other purposes. Together, the two bills increase the VA Secretary’s flexibility to remove, demote or suspend bad employees while improving their ability to recruit and retain high-quality health care providers.
Mar 16, 2017 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1181, the Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act. Under current law, if a veteran or beneficiary is appointed a fiduciary from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), they are labeled as incompetent and automatically sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Once in the system, they are prohibited from legally purchasing or owning a firearm. This bill violates due process and grants the authority determine whether a beneficiary can be removed from the list in the hands of VA bureaucrats. H.R. 1181 prohibits the VA from automatically submitting names to the NICS without a magistrate or judicial authority ruling that the beneficiary is unfit to possess or purchase a firearm.