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

Jun 16, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Yesterday, the House Committee on Appropriations passed a bill that included several priorities championed by U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright, a member of the committee. The FY18 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies (MilCon-VA) appropriations bill included robust funding for suicide prevention, opioid abuse treatment, and homeless assistance for veterans.

Jun 14, 2017 Event

Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre is hosting a Community Town Hall Meeting in the Allentown Area

We want to hear from the Veterans we serve....................

Veterans, Family Members, Community Stakeholders and the public are invited to attend an open forum discussion with the leadership of the VAMC Wilkes-Barre.

Veterans Affairs Employees will be on-hand to assist with information on available services.

May 3, 2017 Press Release

Scranton, PA – Today, Representative Matt Cartwright announced an effort by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to track down apparent phone scammers claiming to represent the Veterans Choice Program (VCP).

“Unfortunately, veterans can be also targeted by scam artists,” said Cartwright. “Such scams exploit patriotism and target our heroes.  I’d like to assist the Department of Veterans Affairs by making sure this information is widely released.”

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.