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Welcome to my Veterans web page. Here, you will find important information regarding veterans and military related initiatives and legislation. But more importantly, I hope you understand the appreciation I have for those who have served and continue to serve this country, and the commitment I make to provide them with the dignity, respect and benefits that they have earned.
We must provide for those who willingly put themselves in harm's way in the defense of our every day freedoms. I am committed to providing our troops with the resources they need to do their jobs, during peacetime and war. To that end, I will work tirelessly on the House Armed Services Committee to make sure our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen and women have what it takes to keep themselves and our nation safe.
I also believe that we have a moral obligation to our nation's veterans, whether they've served for 3 years or for 30. The Department of Veterans Affairs must be adequately funded to provide veterans with the benefits they are entitled to and we cannot let bureaucracy lead to the denial of benefits.
I am honored to represent Maine's current and former military members in Congress.
More on Veterans Issues
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree released the following statement in recognition of the upcoming Memorial Day.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin today applauded the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) announcement that it will fund three new positions in Maine to better serve the needs of justice-involved Maine veterans confronting homelessness, mental health, or substance abuse issues. The funding will support a Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) Specialist, a Health Care for Re-entry Veterans (HCRV) coordinator, and a specialist focused on veteran suicide prevention.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The House Committee on Veterans Affairs today passed an amended version of Congresswoman Chellie Pingree’s legislation—H.R. 3705, the Veterans Fair Debt Notice Act—to help veterans who have a debt with the Department of Veteran Affairs. The bill could come to the House floor as soon as next week.
PORTLAND, ME –Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) released the following statement on the recent report detailing malpractice at VA facilities:
PORTLAND, MAINE—Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today praised the signing of the Forever GI Bill, which expands educational assistance benefits to veterans who had been denied because of technicalities. The legislation is similar to a bill she has introduced, the Chris Kotch Act, named for a disabled Maine veteran who was denied his full GI benefits because of a loophole.