Congressman Matt Cartwright

Representing the 17th District of Pennsylvania
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Veterans Issues

Those who have served our country are most deserving of the benefits that they have been promised.  Unfortunately, our veterans have not always been shown this respect.  Congressman Cartwright promises to honor our veterans’ service by voting to fully fund all programs on which our veterans rely. 

As our service men and women return from overseas, many face difficulty in returning to work or securing new employment after a career in the military.  Congressman Cartwright understands this difficulty and will work to ensure that all of our returning men and women are given every opportunity to adapt to civilian life.

If you have a specific veteran’s issue, please contact a district office.

More on Veterans Issues

Feb 7, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright re-introduced the bipartisan Expedited Hiring for VA Trained Psychiatrists Act.  This legislation aims to reduce the wait times for veterans seeking mental health care by allowing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to establish a fast-track process for hiring psychiatrists.

Jan 13, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Congressman Matt Cartwright announced his subcommittee assignments for the House Committee on Appropriations.  Cartwright will serve on the Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) Subcommittee and the Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) Subcommittee.

Rep. Cartwright said, “I intend to use my voice and vote on the Appropriations Committee to protect the health and retirement security of my constituents and to help spur economic growth in the 17th congressional district.”

Nov 19, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright introduced bipartisan legislation that would provide veterans who have served in combat from all military operations with greater access to mental health resources.

Oct 28, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representatives Matt Cartwright and Gerry Connolly introduced the bipartisan Annuity Safety and Security Under Reasonable Enforcement (ASSURE) Act, with the support of 24 colleagues. 

The legislation aims to protect federal workers, military retirees, and postal retirees by expanding Truth in Lending Act disclosure provisions to any situation where a federal or military pension is used as consideration for an “advance.”  The bill also caps the interest rate on such an “advance” at prime plus six percent. 

Oct 13, 2015 Press Release
Easton, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that the Department of Transportation has awarded Northampton County Area Community College a $134,000 Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training Grant.
Apr 21, 2015 Press Release
Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright will join U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) to introduce two bills to improve orthotics and prosthetics care for the nation’s service members and veterans. The legislation would enhance research in best practices and support colleges and universities seeking to establish degree programs to train specialists.
Apr 21, 2015 Press Release

Scranton, PA – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright had the honor of presenting Dr. Joseph Schectman (pictured 2nd from the right shown with his wife Mrs. Harriet Schectman; and Mr. Sam Greenberg, who served as the National Commander of the Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.

Mar 24, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today U.S. Representatives Matt Cartwright (PA-17) and Steve Cohen (TN-9) re-introduced the Protecting Consumers from Unreasonable Credit Rates Act, legislation that would enact a cap on reform fees and rates associated with consumer credit products, including short-term and long-term payday loans and car title loans. 

U.S. Senate Assistant Minority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced companion legislation in the Senate.

Mar 23, 2015 Press Release

Washington – Today U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded an Operating Subsidy award totaling $1,863,085 to housing agencies across northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley.

The Operating Subsidy Award is awarded annually by HUD to Public Housing Agencies in order to help pay for operation and management costs for public housing.

Mar 2, 2015 Press Release

Bangor, PA – The Bangor Veterans of Foreign Wars 739 held a Veterans' Forum on Saturday February 28 to discuss constituent services for veteran and military issues available through Congressman Matt Cartwright’s (PA-17) district offices as well as veterans benefits.