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  • Some Big Things Are Happening
    Posted in Columns on July 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Veterans' Issues

    There is good news coming out of Washington. From major reforms to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to seeing the end of a federal rule that flew in the face of federalism and economic realities, the fact of the matter is that some big things are happening. And you should know about them. Back in 2014, we learned of a nationwide scandal within the VA health system. Long wait times for medical care, false record keeping, and just plain negligence at the hands of VA employees were some of t... Read more

  • Major Bill to Hold Veterans Officials Accountable Heads to President’s Desk
    Posted in Press Releases on June 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans' Issues

    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved S. 1094, the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017. This bipartisan legislation, which was recently passed by the Senate, now heads to President Trump’s desk for his signature. Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) released the following statement after voting in support of S. 1094: “Accountability at the VA is needed to ensure America’s veterans receive quality care. While the vast majority of VA empl... Read more

  • A Grateful Nation Thanks and Honors You
    Posted in Columns on March 31, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans' Issues

    On March 29, 1973, the last combat troops were withdrawn from Vietnam. They served, they fought, and they sacrificed. But when they returned home to the United States, like many who returned earlier in the war, they were not met with cheers of support and thanks. Instead of parades and celebrations, those who served in Vietnam were greeted with a cold, and at times, hostile reception. It was truly a dark moment in our nation’s history when those who served our country were reviled instead of rev... Read more

  • Goodlatte Applauds Enactment of Legislation to Honor Vietnam Veterans
    Posted in Press Releases on March 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans' Issues

    Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) released the following statement upon the signing of the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 (S. 305) into law by President Donald J. Trump: “Our country’s veterans deserve our gratitude and respect for the sacrifices they made in defense of democracy. “Displaying the American flag on National Vietnam War Veterans Day is something we all can do to show our Vietnam veterans our appreciation for their service. These veterans were willing to fight in defen... Read more

  • Goodlatte to Host Vietnam Veterans Commemoration
    Posted in Press Releases on March 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans' Issues

    Congressman Bob Goodlatte announced today that he will host a Vietnam Veterans Commemoration on Thursday, March 30, in Staunton to honor the men and women who served our country during the Vietnam Era: “On March 29, 1973, the last combat troops were withdrawn from Vietnam. Tragically, when they returned to the United States, these veterans, like many who returned earlier in the war, were greeted with a cold, and at times hostile, reception. Their stories remind us that most returning veterans we... Read more

  • The VA Must be Held Accountable
    Posted in Columns on March 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans' Issues

    Veterans deserve respect. It’s as simple as that. For generations, men and women have answered the call of duty to serve the country they love. They have defended us from our enemies and advanced the ideals of freedom and democracy around the world. However, their service has not come without sacrifice. Many have suffered the physical wounds of war, while others suffer from wounds we cannot outwardly see. It’s often said that we can never repay our veterans for their service, but we do have a re... Read more

  • Goodlatte Praises Committee Approval of Legislation to Honor Vietnam Veterans
    Posted in Press Releases on March 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans' Issues

    Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) released the following statement upon House Judiciary Committee approval of the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 (S. 305) by voice vote: “Our Vietnam veterans sacrificed so much for the cause of freedom, and they deserve recognition for their service. The American flag is one of the greatest symbols of liberty and democracy around the world, and displaying the flag from our homes, businesses, and government buildings is one important way to honor tho... Read more

  • Veterans Deserve Our Respect Every Day
    Posted in Columns on November 4, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans' Issues

    America’s veterans know the meaning of sacrifice. They’ve spent weeks, months, and years away from home and loved ones. They’ve missed birthdays, anniversaries, Thanksgiving dinners, and first steps. Some have experienced physical trauma that we can see while others carry their wounds on the inside. We wouldn’t know the freedoms we do today without the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who have bravely made these sacrifices throughout our history. Their service is a debt that we cannot repa... Read more

  • Fixing the VA
    Posted in Columns on September 16, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans' Issues

    America’s veterans put their lives on the line for us. Throughout the history of our nation, brave men and women have faced great danger to protect the freedoms that set us apart from the world. Our veterans served us, and when they return home, it’s our turn to serve them. However, a lack of accountability within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) continues to take a toll on the service provided to our veterans. These American heroes deserve nothing short of excellence, but time and time a... Read more

  • Goodlatte: Greater Accountability Needed at the VA
    Posted in Press Releases on April 20, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans' Issues

    Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Congressman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, responded today to a report issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General showing an “inappropriate prioritization of appeals” at the Roanoke VA Regional Office (VARO). Goodlatte and Miller recently toured the Salem VA Medical Center and held a roundtable with local veterans in Vinton. Congressman Bob Goodlatte: “Veterans put their liv... Read more