After putting their lives on the line to defend our nation, our veterans deserve world-class care and benefits as they transition to civilian life. Unfortunately, recent abuses, systemic failures, and shocking scandals at the Veterans Administration have failed our veterans. Tragically, many of these abuses and scandals have contributed to a nation-wide epidemic of veteran suicides that shames our nation. In light of these challenges, business as usual is no longer an option. We need innovative and bold solutions to help our veterans heal from the scars of war, both seen and unseen, while bringing transparency, accountability, and modernization to the VA. I am under no illusions that this will be easy, but this is a mission we cannot afford to fail.

Sponsored Legislation:

  • H.R. 873 - Global War on Terrorism Memorial Act
  • H. Res 967 - Expressing support for the designation of October 23 as a national day of remembrance of the tragic 1983 terrorist bombing of the United States Marine Corps Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon

Co-Sponsored Legislation:

  • H.R. 3042 - The Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act
  • H.R. 1133 - Veterans Transplant Coverage Act
  • H.R. 2327 –  The Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) Act
  • H.R. 2601 – The Veterans Increased Choice for Transplanted Organs and Recovery (VICTOR) Act
  • H.R. 2519 – The American Legion 100th Anniversary Commemorative Act
  • H.R. 1943 –  Restoring Maximum Mobility to Our Nation’s Veterans Act
  • H.R. 299 – Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act
  • H.R. 4663 -- Know Your Vets Act
  • H.R. 3640 -- Department of Veterans Affairs Information Technology Restructuring Act
  • H.R. 3949 -- Veterans Apprenticeship and Labor Opportunity Reform (VALOR) Act **Became Law**
  • H.R. 2225 –  Veterans Dog Training Therapy Act
  • H.R. 632 – Mark Takai Atomic Veterans Healthcare Parity Act
  • H.R. 1683 –  National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative Coin Act
  • H.R. 3036 – DD-214 Modernization Act
  • H.R. 1928 – Families of Fallen Servicemembers Act
  • H.R. 3605 – Fairness for Korean DMZ Veterans Act of 2017
  • H.R. 2225 – Veterans Dog Training Therapy Act
  • H.R. 1972 – VA Billing Accountability Act
  • H.R. 3897 - Gold Star Family Support and Installation Act of 2017
  • H.R. 1206 - Reducing Barriers for Veterans Education Act of 2017
  • H. Res. 214 – Expressing support for designation of a Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day
  • H. Res. 737 - Expressing support for the designation of March 2, 2018, as “Gold Star Families Remembrance Day”
  • H. Res. 129 - Calling on the Department of Defense, other appropriate elements of the Federal Government, and foreign governments to resolutely continue efforts to investigate, recover, and identify all United States personnel designated as unaccounted-for from past wars and conflicts around the world.
  • H. Con. Res. 41 – Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the United States declaration of war against Germany and entry into World War I
  • H. Con. Res. 59 – Recognizing the 75th anniversary of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton
  • H. Con. Res. 45 – Expressing the Sense of Congress About Vietnam Blue Water Veterans

More on Veterans

July 11, 2019 Press Release

Rep. Mike Gallagher (WI-08), alongside Rep. Ron Kind (WI-03), yesterday introduced H.Res.483, a resolution recognizing the importance of veteran-to-veteran mentorship programs. Wisconsin has a number of established veteran mentorship programs which seek to connect returning service members with veterans who have transitioned back to civilian life. Click here to read the text of the resolution.

May 31, 2019 Press Release

After a few busy weeks in Washington D.C., Congressman Gallagher was happy to be back home in Wisconsin to meet with constituents and honor the fallen during Memorial Day Weekend. Catch some highlights of his visits across the Eighth District below.

May 21, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today Rep. Mike Gallagher, along with his colleague Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL), launched the Trauma-Informed Care Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bipartisan caucus will work to increase awareness in Congress of Trauma-Informed Care (TIC), the science-based treatment framework used to address the root causes of major public health issues in the U.S., including addiction, mental health, and obesity.

November 14, 2017 Page

On Veterans Day in 2017, Rep. Mike Gallagher officially launched the Northeast Wisconsin (NEW) Battalion and Welcome Home Sponsor Program in Green Bay. The program’s purpose is to provide recently returned servicemen and women in Northeast Wisconsin a sponsor or guide to help eliminate any frustration they encounter upon re-entering civilian life.  Sponsors will help guide veterans to the many services and programs that are available to them in Brown County and the state of Wisconsin.   

November 11, 2017 In The News

Wisconsin Representative Mike Gallagher launches a new sponsor program for veterans returning from overseas.

The program is called the Northeast Wisconsin (NEW) Battalion and Welcome Home Sponsor Program in Brown County Friday.

November 10, 2017 Press Release

Green Bay, WI – Today Rep. Mike Gallagher officially launched the Northeast Wisconsin (NEW) Battalion and Welcome Home Sponsor Program in Green Bay.

September 18, 2017 In The News

It has been a tragic year for the Navy’s Japan-based Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF). Four significant shipboard accidents (three collisions and a grounding)—including two collisions in two months—resulted in the deaths of 17 sailors and what is likely to be more than $500M in repair costs to return the damaged ships to service.

August 30, 2017 In The News

GREEN BAY – U.S. Army Cpl. Norman Chernick never told his son, Rick, much about his experience fighting in Africa and Europe during World War II.

“Many members of that generation who fought didn’t talk about what they did,” Rick Chernick said. “I knew he started in Africa and ended up in Germany.”

Thanks to a family friend and Rep. Mike Gallagher’s staff, Rick knows a little more about his fathers service as a corporal in the U.S. Army and has a few reminders to share with future generations of the Chernick family.

April 28, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today Rep. Mike Gallagher released a statement in support of President Trump’s new executive order that increases accountability for employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs and better protects whistleblowers:

March 28, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) introduced H.R. 873, a bipartisan bill allowing the establishment of the National Global War on Terrorism Memorial in Washington D.C. The bill aims to commemorate and honor the members of the Armed Forces that served in defense of the United States in the Global War on Terrorism. Both Rep. Gallagher and Rep. Moulton are post 9/11 Marine Corps veterans who served in Iraq.

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