Veterans

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

December 2, 2020 Press Release

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Rep.

November 11, 2020 Columns

We are four veterans—one Navy helicopter pilot who flew missions throughout Europe and the Middle East, and three Marines who served in the same unit during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This Veterans Day, after another bitter election, we need to focus on uniting our country and re-instilling a sense of duty that transcends petty partisanship. That is why we are now working together to improve and expand opportunities for more Americans to serve their country—in or out of uniform. 

October 6, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) yesterday led a letter to U.S.
August 6, 2020 Press Release
DE PERE, WI — Rep. Mike Gallagher (WI-08) today presented a Southwest Asia Service Medal with One Bronze Service Star to Sergeant John Roes, a Green Bay resident who served for 20 years in the U.S. Army. Sgt. Roes earned this honor while serving in the Persian Gulf War, where he was a member of the 100th Engineer Company of the 30th Engineer Battalion and provided topographical support to the U.S. Army in Saudi Arabia.
November 20, 2019 Press Release

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), alongside Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO), today led a bipartisan sunrise run on the National Mall to raise awareness for the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) Memorial. Last week, Gallagher and Crow introduced the GWOT Memorial Location Act, which would authorize the establishment of a GWOT memorial in the Reserve section of the National Mall.

November 12, 2019 Press Release

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), alongside Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO), today introduced the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Location Act, which would authorize the establishment of a memorial for service members of the Global War on Terrorism in the Reserve section of the National Mall. The proposed locations outlined in the bill include: Constitution Gardens, West Potomac Park and the JFK Hockey Fields. Both Gallagher and Crow are veterans of the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) serving in Marines and the Army, respectively.

September 11, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today welcomed veterans from Northeast Wisconsin traveling to Washington, D.C. as part of the Old Glory Honor Flight. Gallagher met the group of 92 veterans at the World War II memorial to thank them for their service.

September 11, 2019 Press Release

Like many Americans, I still vividly remember where I was on September 11, 2001. As a senior in high school, I was overcome with shock and horror as the Twin Towers collapsed. And while I didn’t know it at the time, the attack would have a profound impact on my life.

July 22, 2019 Columns

Wisconsin State Journal
By: Mike Gallagher
July 22, 2019

Never leave a fellow warrior behind. That much is obvious in times of war, but the same spirit can be hard to find beyond the battlefield.

The transition back to civilian life is filled with obstacles large and small. And just as we took care of each other in combat, I believe veterans have a duty to make sure their fellow service members don’t get left behind as they reintegrate into society.

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.

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