Welcome to My Veterans' Web Page

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Dear Friends,Chellie with VA Sec. Shinseki
Welcome to my Veterans web page. Here, you will find important information regarding veterans and military related initiatives and legislation.  But more importantly, I hope you understand the appreciation I have for those who have served and continue to serve this country, and the commitment I make to provide them with the dignity, respect and benefits that they have earned.
Maine has one of the highest percentages of veterans in the country.  Mainers have honorably served their State and Nation since before the Civil War, when Colonel Joshua Chamberlain famously commanded the 20th Maine to victory at the Battle of Little Round Top.

Dining with soldiers in IraqWe must provide for those who willingly put themselves in harm's way in the defense of our every day freedoms.  I am committed to providing our troops with the resources they need to do their jobs, during peacetime and war.  To that end, I will work tirelessly on the House Armed Services Committee to make sure our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen and women have what it takes to keep themselves and our nation safe.
I also believe that we have a moral obligation to our nation's veterans, whether they've served for 3 years or for 30.  The Department of Veterans Affairs must be adequately funded to provide veterans with the benefits they are entitled to and we cannot let bureaucracy lead to the denial of benefits.
I am honored to represent Maine's current and former military members in Congress.



Cosponsored Legislation

H.Res. 89: Supporting and encouraging greater support for Veterans Day each year-Encourages Americans to demonstrate their support for veterans on Veterans Day each year.

HR 1016: Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act of 2009- To provide advance appropriations authority for certain accounts of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

HR 2990: Disabled Military Retiree Relief Act of 2009- To provide special pay and allowances to certain members of the Armed Forces, expand concurrent receipt of military retirement and VA disability benefits to disabled military retirees.

HR 2243: Surviving Spouses’ Benefit Improvement Act of 2009- Increases the monthly rates of veterans’ dependency and indemnity compensation payable to surviving spouses through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

HR 816: Military Retirees Health Care Protection Act- To prohibit increases in fees for military health care.

HR 111: Establishing a Select Committee on POW and MIA Affairs- Committee shall conduct a full investigation of all unresolved matters relating to any United States personnel unaccounted for from the Vietnam era, the Korean conflict, World War II, Cold War Missions, Persian Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or Operation Enduring Freedom, including MIA's and POW's missing and captured.

HR 775: Military Surviving Spouses’ Equity Act- Repeals the offset of amounts paid in dependency and indemnity compensation from Survivor Benefit Plan annuities for the surviving spouses of former military personnel.

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