Congressman Robert Pittenger

Representing the 9th District of North Carolina
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Veterans Issues

“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”
-John 15:13

To be a veteran is to be a hero.  Our men and women in uniform have sacrificed dearly to pay freedom’s price and ensure our way of life.  The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines who serve our country are emblematic of bravery, courage, and the American spirit.

Suzanne and I join with millions of hard-working Americans in expressing our sincere thanks to active-duty military, veterans, and their families.  North Carolina is home to almost 800,000 veterans, with almost 150,000 living in our area.  One of my greatest privileges in serving as a United States Congressman is working to ensure our veterans have access to the benefits they have been promised and the care they deserve.

Although a year has passed since the VA scandal of 2014, when some veterans were wrongly denied treatment, the number of veterans on treatment wait lists is now 50% greater than during the height of the scandal! 

Ask any small business owner and he or she will tell you employee accountability is a crucial component of a healthy organization.  Sadly, after a major scandal and dishonest claims made to reporters, the VA has proven to be anything but accountable.

To address this lack of accountability, I co-sponsored the VA Accountability Act of 2015 (H.R. 1994), which passed the House of Representatives in late July.  This legislation provides VA leadership greater flexibility to remove employees based on poor performance or misconduct, and increases accountability and performance measures for senior VA executives.

Our brave veterans deserve better, so House Republicans continue to make veterans a priority.

  • One of the first bills passed by Congress this year was the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act (H.R. 203), which will increase veterans access to crucial mental health care.
  • The Veterans Identification Card Act (H.R. 91) will make it easier for veterans to verify their military service and protects them against identity theft.
  • The Veterans Affairs appropriations bill (H.R. 2029) increased funding to support mental health care, suicide prevention, and ending homelessness among veterans.  This bill also addresses mismanagement within the VA to ensure your tax dollars are used to support veterans and not wasted by bureaucracy. 

Mr. Garland Denny, a Navy veteran from Union County, has worked tirelessly on behalf of other veterans, including advocating innovative ideas to increase funding for veterans services.  This summer, I led a bipartisan group of 55 Members of the House and Senate to urge the United States Postal Service to move forward with Mr. Denny’s “Stamp Out PTSD” idea to create a semi-postal stamp to raise money for PTSD research and care.

This year, I secured commitments from the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) to move a planned bus stop much closer to the new VA Health Care Center currently under construction in west Charlotte.

My Charlotte office is led by the most experienced veterans specialist available, who has helped tens of thousands of local veterans navigate red tape at the VA.  If you need assistance with veterans benefits, please call my Charlotte office at 704-362-1060.

The freedoms we enjoy have been purchased and protected through the tremendous sacrifices of our Armed Forces.  An inefficient government agency with zero accountability should not get in the way of well-deserved benefits.    As your Congressman, I am working in Washington to advance legislation to reform the VA, and locally to provide practical assistance to our brave veterans, who deserve our gratitude.

More on Veterans Issues

Nov 14, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) asked the U.S. House of Representatives to join him in honoring six local heroes of World War Two.
Oct 2, 2017 Press Release
As Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) continues to monitor and mourn the tragedy in Las Vegas, he wanted to share good news that the United States Postal Service approved Union County veteran Garland Denny’s dream of a special stamp to raise funds and awareness for PTSD. The “semi-postal” stamp will go on sale in 2019.
Jul 28, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) voted to fund President Trump’s $1.6 billion request for a border wall, provide the largest military pay raise in 8 years, and increase Defense spending by 13% to rebuild America’s military.
Jun 23, 2017 Press Release
President Donald J. Trump signed the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act (S. 1094) into law. Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) co-sponsored the House version of this legislation, which will restore accountability at the VA by making it easier to fire or demote incompetent employees.
Jun 14, 2017 Press Release
For the third time in nine months, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) has voted to restore accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs by making it easier to fire or demote incompetent employees.
May 26, 2017 Press Release
This Memorial Day weekend, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is paying respects to the brave Americans who died to defend our freedom, and expressing gratitude to the next generation of American heroes.
Oct 5, 2016 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) received the results of an investigation regarding Salisbury VA Medical Center staff who manipulated patient wait time data in order to appear to meet performance criteria.
Sep 14, 2016 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) urged his colleagues to restore accountability and transparency at the Department of Veterans Affairs by supporting the VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act (H.R. 5620), which he co-sponsored with Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-FL).
Jul 25, 2016 Press Release
VFW Commander-in-Chief John Biedrzycki has invited Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) to address the Veterans of Foreign Wars 117th National Convention.
Jun 9, 2016 Press Release
A North Carolina veteran’s proposal to raise money for PTSD research and treatment took a major step forward when Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) secured the support of Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald.