Veterans

Since coming to Congress, I have been a strong advocate for proposals to support our veterans and their families. The brave men and women who served our nation deserve the very best we can provide them, and I will continue to support policies that address veteran homelessness, employment opportunities, and health care quality.

Further, I am concerned by the mental health issues plaguing our nation’s veterans. Every day, 22 veterans die by suicide, and 20 percent of veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or major depression. As co-chairman of the bipartisan Military Mental Health Taskforce, I am working with my fellow co-chairman, Rep. Tim Ryan (OH-12), as well as medical experts and veteran service organizations, to find legislative solutions to mental health issues like traumatic brain injury and PTSD.

 

More on Veterans

May 28, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Guy Reschenthaler (PA-14) led a letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin requesting the Department of Defense (DOD) list Purple Heart (PH) recipients on their valor awards website. The DOD created this website to honor servicemembers awarded distinguished military medals and reduce the number of incidents of those fraudulently claiming to have received certain awards of valor.

May 19, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House passed the Veterans’ Camera Reporting (VCR) Act (H.R. 1510), which will improve care at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care facilities by boosting use of video cameras for patient safety. Congressman Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA) joined Representatives David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-WV), David Trone (D-MD), Mike Bost (R-IL), Carol Miller (R-WV), and Alex Mooney (R-WV) to introduce this legislation.

 

March 23, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, PA – Today, Congressman Guy Reschenthaler (PA-14) joined with U.S. Senators Pat Toomey and Bob Casey and Congressman John Joyce (PA-13) to announce the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is renaming a wing of the Training Center (TRACEN) Petaluma schoolhouse as the Arnold D. Palmer Professional Annex.

 

February 25, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, PA Congressman Guy Reschenthaler (PA-14) released the following statement recognizing the service and sacrifice of the 14th Quartermaster Detachment of the United States Army Reserve during Operation Desert Storm. Today marks the 30th anniversary of the Iraqi-launched SCUD missile attack, which killed 28 soldiers and wounded 99 others. The 14th Quartermaster Detachment, based in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, lost 13 soldiers and 43 others were wounded, the greatest number of casualties of any allied unit during the conflict.

October 5, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressmen Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA) and Tim Ryan (D-OH) introduced bipartisan legislation in the House of Representatives to waive all passport fees for recipients of the Purple Heart, which is awarded to any member of the Armed Forces of the United States who is wounded or killed in battle. This legislation has been endorsed by the Military Order of the Purple Heart and the National Association of County Veteran Service Officers.

 

June 25, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Guy Reschenthaler (PA-14) is joining with Congressmen G.T. Thompson (PA-15), Tim Ryan (OH-13), David Trone (MD-06), and Anthony Brown (MD-04) to introduce the Improving College Affordability for Our Guard and Reserve Act. This legislation will provide more educational opportunities for our nation’s National Guardsmen and reserve personnel by allowing them to claim independent student status when applying for federal student aid.

 

January 16, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Representative Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA) joined Representatives David McKinley P.E. (R-WV), Carol Miller (R-WV), Alex Mooney (R-WV), and Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) in introducing bipartisan legislation that would require the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide detailed reports on patient safety and quality of care at VA Medical Centers.

December 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, Congressman Guy Reschenthaler (PA-14) voted for two measures - H.R. 1158 and H.R. 1865 – to fund the federal government for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2020. Federal government funding is currently set to expire at midnight on Friday. Both measures passed the House by strong, bipartisan votes and now head to the Senate for consideration.

 

November 1, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Congressman Guy Reschenthaler (PA-14) led a congressional delegation visit to Naval Station Norfolk, the world’s largest naval base. During the trip, the group of lawmakers toured the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69), USS Delaware (SSN-791), and USS McFaul (DDG-74). They also received a briefing from Admiral Christopher W. Grady, Commander of U.S. Fleet Forces, met with command leadership, and engaged with sailors from their home states.  

May 28, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, PA – Today, Congressman Guy Reschenthaler (PA-14) joined with Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Gragg, U.S. Army Medical Command, to honor the selfless sacrifice and service of Staff Sgt. Felix J. Lisovich, a 97-year-old World War II combat medic who lives in Rostraver Township, Pennsylvania.