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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

September 28, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) announced today that Davis & Elkins College has received much-needed federal funding to keep its Veterans Upward Bound program open. The college will receive $375,319 from the U.S. Department of Education.

September 12, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has asked Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to renew Davis & Elkins College’s Veterans Upward Bound program funding.

Davis & Elkins’ program is the only program of its kind in West Virginia, helping veterans in 38 West Virginia counties enter and complete post-secondary education. Upward Bound helps low-income and first-generation college students succeed by providing tutoring, counseling, support services and work-study programs.

September 6, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has introduced legislation to rename the Huntington VA Medical Center in honor of World War II Medal of Honor recipient Woody Williams.

H.R. 3663 is cosponsored by West Virginia’s other House members, Reps. David McKinley and Alex Mooney. If enacted, the full name of the hospital would be the Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams VA Medical Center.

Please click here for a copy of the bill.

July 27, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has helped fund the construction of the border wall, provide healthcare for our veterans, give our troops a pay raise, and save the Appalachian Regional Commission.

All of these important priorities were included in H.R. 3219, the Make America Secure Appropriations Act, which the U.S. House of Representatives passed 235-192 on Thursday.

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.