Congresswoman Chellie Pingree

Representing the 1st District of Maine

Veterans Issues

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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.

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More on Veterans Issues

May 25, 2018 Press Release

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree released the following statement in recognition of the upcoming Memorial Day. 

May 7, 2018 Press Release
Interested veterans should go to https://www.usajobs.gov/ and search “Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program” for more information and how to apply.
Mar 29, 2018 Press Release
“I am extremely concerned by the circumstances around the abrupt firing of VA Secretary David Shulkin and his contention that the agency is under political pressure to privatize its services. While the VA has long had its issues, there are clear processes for Congress and the public to hold it accountable. Weakening this oversight in any way—while turning it into a money-maker for corporations—could lead to dire consequences for our veterans who deserve the best possible treatment. ..."
Dec 12, 2017 Press Release

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.

Nov 8, 2017 Press Release
The Veterans Fair Debt Notice Act provides veterans with more timely and understandable notifications about possible debts with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Nov 2, 2017 Press Release

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.

Oct 13, 2017 Press Release

PORTLAND, ME –Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) released the following statement on the recent report detailing malpractice at VA facilities:

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