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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

Jul 7, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – During a House Appropriations Subcommittee markup on Monday evening, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) supported the advancement of the fiscal year 2021 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs funding bill to the full committee, where it will be considered on Thursday, July 9.

Jan 3, 2020 In The News


U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright visited the Gino J. Merli Veterans’ Center in downtown Scranton Friday afternoon to give four area veterans some long overdue recognition.

The quartet were presented with the Korean Ambassador for Peace medal, an award jointly given by the United States and South Korean governments in recognition of U.S. servicemen who served during the Korean War.

Jan 3, 2020 Press Release


Scranton, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) honored one veteran of World War II along with four who fought in the Korean War at an event at the Gino J. Merli Veterans’ Center.

Nov 8, 2019 Event


Join Congressman Cartwright for Coffee with Veterans to discuss issues that are important to you.

This event is casual, come-and-go opportunity for constituents to talk with Congressman Matt Cartwright.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information please call 570-341-1050.

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).