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Congressman Evan Jenkins

Representing the 3rd District of West Virginia

Veterans

Our nation’s veterans have made enormous sacrifices to defend our great nation, and Congressman Evan Jenkins will ensure these brave men and women receive the benefits that they deserve. Veterans need access to timely health care and should not be waiting months for the Department of Veterans Affairs to process paperwork.

Evan was an original cosponsor of the Hire More Heroes Act and proudly cast a vote to pass the legislation. The Hire More Heroes Act would allow businesses to hire more veterans without being subjected to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) employer mandate. Rep. Jenkins also worked with his colleagues to push for the new 40-mile rule to be driving miles, not as the crow flies. This means many more veterans will be able to receive services in their own hometowns, not required to drive long distances to receive the healthcare services they need. In addition, he also led a bipartisan charge with other freshman members to highlighting problems with access to care for our rural veterans. He also voted on legislation that is now law to make sure that every veteran can get an ID card.

Rep. Jenkins serves on the House Appropriations Committee and its Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee. He used his position on the Appropriations Committee to ensure full funding for VA health services and for the VA Office of Rural Health. He also fought to increase funding for veterans’ treatment courts which offer an alternative to veterans who may have mental health issues or drug issues. Rep. Jenkins worked to focus funding on reducing the backlog of claims at the VA so our veterans are not waiting months for their claims to be processed. Additionally, he has voted to ensure that the VA focuses on mental health care.

Rep. Jenkins is a proud cosponsor of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, which extends benefits to veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam. He has voted to hold the VA accountable to our nation’s veterans and will continue to fight for them. He has voted on legislation to help veteran business owners and to help those veterans who fall on hard times.

Rep. Jenkins has been working since day one to guarantee that a Community Based Outpatient Clinic remains in Greenbrier County after the closing of the Maxwelton CBOC. Evan wrote a letter to Secretary McDonald highlighting the need for a CBOC in Greenbrier County and the access to care for 1,700 veterans in the area. Working closely with his colleagues and then-U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald, Rep. Jenkins was able to secure a guarantee from the VA that a permanent CBOC would reopen and remain in Greenbrier County.  Evan also worked to bring Secretary McDonald to West Virginia to hear concerns directly from veterans at a town hall and other events.

More on Veterans

June 16, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) voted this week to provide billions of dollars for veterans healthcare and improve accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The House Appropriations Committee on Thursday voted out the Fiscal Year 2018 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs funding bill. As a member of that committee, Rep. Jenkins advocated for funding for key priorities for West Virginia, including:

February 14, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has helped pass bipartisan legislation to encourage businesses to hire more veterans and reduce veteran unemployment rates.

Veterans who have served after Sept. 11, 2001, have significantly higher unemployment rates than non-veterans. The Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans (HIRE Vets) Act is a crucial tool to reducing this disparity in employment rates. The House voted Monday night to pass this bill 409-1.

January 12, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) will serve on the following subcommittees of the House Appropriations Committee during the 115th Congress:

November 10, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement in advance of Veterans Day:

September 30, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) honored West Virginian and Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams on the House floor in advance of Williams’ 93nd birthday on Sunday, Oct. 2.

Rep. Jenkins recounted not only Williams’ heroics at the Battle of Iwo Jima but the personal impact he has had on so many young West Virginians.

September 14, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) supports legislation to hold bad actors at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs accountable for the care our nation’s veterans receive.

“I will not stand for a system that rewards Washington bureaucrats for failing to do their job,” Rep. Jenkins said on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday.

May 27, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement on the Memorial Day holiday:

“For more than two centuries, men and women in uniform have given their lives to protect our way of life. They believed in something bigger than themselves – freedom, liberty and democracy. They knew our nation was worth defending, even worth dying for. I encourage all West Virginians to join in remembering those who laid down their lives so that we may be free. They must never be forgotten.”

April 14, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) helped secure improvements to access to care for rural veterans and the Choice Card program in the upcoming year’s veterans appropriations bill.

The House Appropriations Committee voted to approve the Fiscal Year 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill, which now goes to the full U.S. House of Representatives for consideration. This bill increases veterans’ medical services funding by $2.5 billion, a 5 percent increase from the current year.

December 11, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) thanked the Department of Veterans Affairs today for announcing its further commitment to West Virginia’s veterans by signing a lease for a new, permanent clinic in Greenbrier County.

November 10, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement in advance of Veterans Day: