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

Jul 14, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – An amendment offered by U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright to cut government costs was included in the FY18 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that passed the House today.

This amendment would require the Secretary of Defense to brief Congress on compliance of a cost-savings program authorized in the FY17 NDAA.

Jun 29, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-17) re-introduced a bill that would protect older, low-income veterans from financial scams. The bipartisan Veterans Care Financial Protection Act would direct 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. Reps. Seth Moulton (MA-06), Jim Renacci (OH-16), Steve Cohen (TN-09), and Ted Deutch (FL-22) were original co-sponsors of this legislation.

Jun 29, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government passed a bill that included language from U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright’s Wage Grade Employee Parity Act.  Rep. Cartwright is a member of the Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee. The bill now goes before the full House Appropriations Committee for consideration.

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.

Jun 8, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright re-introduced legislation that would guarantee leave for military families. The bipartisan Military Family Leave Act allows military families to spend time with a loved one who has received notification of impending active duty deployment.

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.