Honoring Our Veterans
As appeared in the November 11, 2020 edition of the Ephrata Review, Elizabethtown Advocate, and the Lititz Review
On Veterans Day, we honor the devotion and sacrifice of our veterans and their families, and we renew our commitment to them.
I consider it an honor and privilege to represent Pennsylvania's 11th Congressional District, including Lancaster and southern York counties in Congress. We are all fortunate to be living in the greatest country in the history of the world, with God-granted rights and liberties enshrined in our Constitution. Those rights and liberties are preserved, protected, and defended by those who selflessly serve in the United States Armed Forces.
We are fortunate to have many in our community serve in uniform and to those brave individuals: thank you for your service. My commitment to serving area veterans will never waver; I will always fight for you in Congress.
Since taking office in 2017, I've had the pleasure of working with and assisting veterans with casework issues - ensuring that veterans are receiving the benefits that they are entitled to under law. My staff works diligently to resolve these issues and is always available to assist you with any problems you may have with federal agencies.
Hearing from veterans about their experiences with the federal government helps inform what I do in Washington. For instance, an area veteran contacted my office after receiving a co-payments bill long after receiving treatment at a Veterans Affairs (VA) facility. Unfortunately, these situations occur far too often.
I introduced legislation to ensure that veterans would not be required to make copayments if they were not billed in a timely manner, which passed the House last session. A similar piece of legislation to prevent veterans from being forced to pay surprise bills, introduced by one of my colleagues, passed the House earlier this year. I am hopeful that Congress can come together to advance these proposals to ensure veterans are not stuck paying out of pocket costs due to billing errors at the VA.
Additionally, I introduced the Warrior Wellness Act, a straightforward piece of legislation to ensure that the VA has the information and tools needed to provide the high-quality mental health services our veterans deserve. I introduced this legislation with bipartisan support and it was passed by the House as part of the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. These are just two pieces of legislation that I've worked on to support veterans in Congress, but there always remains more work to do.
This year, celebrations of appreciation for our veterans look a lot different than they usually do. And this year is a remarkable year of importance - we mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, which ensured the flame of freedom was not extinguished from our world. As President Trump said last year, marking the 75th commemoration of D-Day, although time marches on for all and our World War II veterans are aging their "example will never, ever grow old," and "their legend will never tire." I am thankful for the great work that is being done in our community to care for our veterans. There are so many who volunteer their time and share their talents to support those who served our nation. Please know that I am here to serve and assist you.
For assistance with veterans' benefits or issues with other federal agencies, please contact my Lancaster office at 717-393-0667, Hanover office at 717-969-6132, Red Lion office at 717-969-6133 or Washington, DC office at 202-225-2411.