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Veterans

I am committed to making sure that the men and women who have served, are serving, or will serve in the U.S. military get the resources and care they need – both at home and abroad – and guarantee they receive the benefits they have earned.

As the son of a U.S. Navy veteran, I understand the importance of supporting those in uniform and providing them the dignity they are entitled to. This includes:

Boosting veteran benefits: I am committed to honoring our veteran’s service by ensuring they continue to receive all the benefits they have earned, which is why I’m a cosponsor of H.R. 1329, the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-Of-Living Adjustment Act. This bill would increase cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) rates for veterans with service-connected disabilities and for survivors of certain disabled veterans.

Preventing veterans suicide: I was pleased to vote for the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Act in February 2016 and watch former President Obama sign it into law. The law expands access to mental health services for our nation’s veterans and seeks to curb the epidemic of veterans’ suicides in our country.

Protecting veterans’ from toxic chemical contamination: Oscoda, Michigan, is home to the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base, which has groundwater near the base that is unsafe to drink because of dangerous per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS. I have worked to bring safe drinking water to veterans and their families living around the base and launched the PFAS Task Force in Congress to bring Democrats and Republicans together to pass policies that protect veterans and public health.

The following is a list of veteran-based legislation that was signed into law during the 115th Congress with my support.

  • H.R. 3218: The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 (Forever G.I. Bill).
  • S. 2372: VA MISSION Act of 2018.
  • H.R. 2147: Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act of 2018.
  • H.R. 2519: The American Legion 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act.
  • H.R. 244: HIRE Vets Act
  • H.R. 2288: Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017.
  • H.R. 1329: The Veterans’ Compensation COLA Act of 2017.
  • S. 1094: The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017.
  • S.1266: Enhancing Veteran Care Act.
  • S. 1393: Jobs for Our Heroes Act.
  • H.R. 4910: Veterans Cemetery Benefit Correction Act.
  • H.R. 2345: National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act.

More on Veterans

March 14, 2019 Press Release

Lawmakers Ask Air Force to Increase Investments in Clean-Up Around Former Wurtsmith Air Force Base

March 6, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today testified before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform’s Subcommittee on the Environment to urge more action to address and clean-up per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which Kildee called a “public health crisis.”

March 6, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today testified before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform’s Subcommittee on the Environment regarding the threat of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). A full transcript of his remarks as delivered are below:

“Thank you, Chairman Rouda and Ranking Member Comer, for inviting me to speak here today and for your leadership on this issue addressing PFAS chemicals, which is a public health crisis impacting literally hundreds of communities this country.

February 21, 2019 Press Release

After the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) release of their PFAS Action Plan, Reps. Dan Kildee (MI-05) and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) are seeking clarification on actions before a new Administrator is confirmed.

February 14, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), founders and co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional PFAS Task Force, issued a joint statement today on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) PFAS Action Plan:  

February 14, 2019 Press Release

Homemade Cards from Local Elementary School Students Delivered on Valentine’s Day

The office of Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today delivered over 100 Valentine’s Day cards, handmade by mid-Michigan elementary school students, to veterans at the Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center in Saginaw.

Each year, Congressman Kildee hosts a Valentines for Veterans card drive, partnering with local-area schools to honor Michigan veterans. Elementary schools in Flint and Saginaw participated in the Valentines for Veterans card drive this year.

February 1, 2019 Press Release

Cathy Wusterbarth Has Worked to Bring Attention to PFAS Contamination Near Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda, Mich.

January 14, 2019 Press Release

Today, Representatives Dan Kildee (MI-05),  Debbie Dingell (MI-12) and Fred Upton (MI-6) introduced bipartisan legislation that designates all PFAS chemicals as hazardous substances and allows the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to clean up contaminated sites in Michigan and across the country.

December 12, 2018 Press Release

Legislation Funds $50 Million to Search for PFAS in Water, Soil and Air

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) and Congressman Jack Bergman (MI-01) today introduced bipartisan legislation to help identify sites in Michigan and across the U.S. that may contain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which are toxic chemicals that are a threat to public health.

October 22, 2018 Press Release

Federal Funding Passed in Congress Will Now Be Granted to Oscoda Township