Veterans

Both of my grandfathers served as military pilots during World War II, and their sacrifice to this great country never went unnoticed. The women and men defending our country today should feel that same appreciation. Sadly, this is often not the case.

As a member of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs and Chair of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, I will work to restore our veterans’ faith in the VA and improve the quality of care for Granite State Veterans.

I am holding VA leadership accountable and fighting to improve the quality of physical and mental health care provided to our veterans. Veterans deserve specialized and dedicated care, which is why I oppose efforts to privatize the VA, which could cut the quality care veterans receive. I will also continue to fight to make the Manchester facility a full-service VA, as we are one of the only states left in the nation without a full-service VA facility. No veteran should ever face obstacles to receive the care they have earned and the care they need.

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More on Veterans

November 8, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC - Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01) released the following statement after legislation he introduced in the House, The National POW/MIA Flag Act, which will require the POW/MIA flag to be displayed alongside the American flag at certain federal buildings and memorials to honor all POW/MIAs, was signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on November 7, 2019:

October 22, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House passed Congressman Chris Pappas’s (NH-01) bipartisan legislation to require the POW/MIA Flag be displayed alongside the American flag at certain federal buildings and memorials to honor all POW/MIAs and the more than 81,000 service members who are unaccounted for from conflicts since World War II. Representative Pappas, whose district is home to America’s longest consecutively-held POW/MIA vigil in Meredith, New Hampshire, introduced the House version of the National POW/MIA Flag Act with Representative Jack Bergman (MI-01).

October 15, 2019 Press Release

Following a troubling hearing held last month by the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Chairman Chris Pappas (NH-01) and Ranking Member Jack Bergman (MI-01) led a bipartisan letter calling on the VA to take immediate action to change the VA overpayment system, which generated and then collected $1.6 billion of debt for our veterans in the last fiscal year.

August 2, 2019 Press Release

Manchester, N.H.- Representative Chris Pappas (NH-01), who serves as the Chair of the Oversight and Investigations (O&I) Subcommittee for the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, alongside O&I Ranking member Jack Bergman (MI-01) and Committee member Kathleen Rice (NY-04), sent a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to express concern over the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) oversight of its government charge card program. 

July 30, 2019 Press Release

Manchester, N.H.- Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01), chair of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee on the House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs, released the following statement in response to the Boston Globe publishing a new story about a VA whistleblower:

July 25, 2019 Press Release

2 years after the whistle was blown on the Manchester VA, Pappas exposes continued work needed to end retaliatory culture undermining veterans’ care 

July 12, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. -- Today Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01) voted to pass the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2020The bill authorizes $733 billion for the Department of Defense and defense-related activities of the Department of Energy. It secures a strong national defense and provides a pay raise to our men and women in uniform.

May 24, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C.- Following the implementation of the Trump Administration’s discriminatory transgender military ban, 15,000 active duty service members face the risk of losing not only their military careers but also access to the same earned benefits as their fellow service members.

May 22, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today Representative Chris Pappas (NH-01), Joe Kennedy III (MA-04), Jackie Speier (CA-14), Gil Cisneros (CA-39), and Anthony Brown (MD-04) introduced the SERVE (Securing the Rights our Veterans have Earned) Act of 2019 to guarantee protections for our nation’s active duty transgender service members discharged from the Armed Forces under the Trump Administration’s discriminatory transgender ban.

May 14, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - This evening the House of Representatives unanimously passed the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 under suspension of the rules. The bill would expand VA benefits to include Navy veterans who were stationed off the coast of Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Congressman Chris Pappas, a co-sponsor of the bill, sits on the House Veterans' Affairs Committee and serves as Chair of the House VA Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.