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Congressman Matt Cartwright

Representing the 17th District of Pennsylvania


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

Oct 12, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC--Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-17) released the following statement regarding the announcement of a 2.8 percent increase in the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security recipients:

“Social Security has been our nation’s most effective anti-poverty program for senior citizens and Americans with disabilities.

Sep 27, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – House Appropriations Committee Member Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA-17) released the following statement regarding final passage Wednesday of the two-bill, fiscal year 2019 “minibus” appropriations bill and a Continuing Resolution to fund remaining unfunded parts of the federal government through December 7, 2018 (in order to avoid a partial government shutdown).

Sep 19, 2018 Press Release

Bethlehem, PA– Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) awarded $138,397 to Northampton Community College through the Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training (CMVOST) Grant program.  

May 30, 2018 Press Release


WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Matt Cartwright made the following statement regarding President Trump’s executive orders aimed at federal workforce unions. The president’s three executive orders would:

--Restrict time spent by union officials on employee and workplace issues.

--Shorten collective bargaining time for workers to negotiate with management and potentially make collective bargaining agreements harder to reach.

--Allow managers to dismiss employees without the process protections in their current work agreements.   

Apr 12, 2018 Press Release

Wilkes-Barre, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that Wilkes-Barre Housing Authority has received a $35,791 federal grant from U.S. Housing and Urban Development in a continued effort to end veteran homelessness.

Apr 6, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright expressed his gratitude to the Arlington National Cemetery command, a subdivision of the Army, for its assistance in establishing on monument to the service and sacrifice of Vietnam War helicopter pilots and crewmembers.  The new monument will be dedicated at Arlington Cemetery at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, in a ceremony at the Memorial Amphitheater, which is right behind the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier complex.

Mar 15, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA-17) introduced bipartisan legislation that would provide veterans with greater access to mental health resources. The Veterans Mental Health Accessibility Act would allow veterans to seek treatment for service-connected mental illnesses regardless of when their conditions manifest themselves.

Mar 9, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, President Donald Trump signed into law a bill introduced by U.S. Representative Mat Cartwright (PA-17) that would protect older, low-income veterans who require assisted care. H.R. 3122, the Veterans Care Financial Protection Act, directs the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to work with other federal agencies and states to develop and implement standards that protect veterans from predatory practices associated with the Aid & Assistance (A&A) benefit.

Feb 20, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC - Last week, the U.S. Senate passed by unanimous consent the Veterans Care Financial Protection Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by Representatives Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.), Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), Jim Renacci (R-Ohio), Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), and Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) and Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). A modified version of the bill previously passed the House of Representatives unanimously and now heads to the President for his signature.

Dec 11, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Last week, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright introduced a bipartisan bill to fund and advance orthotic and prosthetic (O&P) research for veterans. The Wounded Warrior Research Enhancement Act (H.R. 4587) would establish the first centralized collection of outcomes-based research on O&P.