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Congressman Matt Cartwright

Representing the 8th 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

Jul 17, 2019 Press Release

Scranton, PA  Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) announced up to $16 million in available federal funding for local organizations to help veterans and socially-disadvantaged Pennsylvanians who are looking to own and operate ranches and farms.

May 9, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) announced that provisions he authored on military family health and safety were included in the House Fiscal Year 2020 Military Construction-VA appropriations bill, which was approved by the full Appropriations Committee this afternoon.

May 2, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON –Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA-08) unveiled a legislative package on Thursday that supports our nation’s wounded warriors by enhancing orthotics and prosthetics research and workforce.

“Supporting wounded servicemembers is a key part of the promise we make to those who selflessly join our military,” said Congressman Cartwright.  “This legislation will ensure our nation’s orthotics and prosthetics professionals have the resources they need to help us keep that promise.”

The legislation is divided into two bills.

Jan 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced the addition of the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies (MilCon-VA) Subcommittee to his House Appropriations Subcommittee lineup.

Cartwright will also return as a senior member of the Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee and the Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee.

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.