Congressman Patrick Meehan

Representing the 7th District of Pennsylvania

Veterans

Veterans

Our nation owes a debt of gratitude to the men and women who selflessly and proudly don the uniform of the United States Military. In return for their sacrifice, we as a nation must ensure that we meet their needs on all levels when they return home. I am committed to ensuring that every veteran receives the best care possible.

Unfortunately, too often the bureaucracy of the Department of Vetrans Affairs has let our veterans down. The entire nation was shocked and outraged by revelations of scandal throughout the VA system: veterans forced to wait months to see a doctor, benefits claims that took years to process, secret waiting lists and other forms of data manipulation. Tragically, some of the worst abuses took place in our own region. 

I've visited the VA facilities in our area, held management accountable and sought answers on behalf of our vets. 

When our soldiers return home from deployment, they often have difficulty coping with mental trauma from their experiences.  Some of these heroes sadly turn to drugs or alcohol for relief, which can lead to legal troubles.  I recognize the unique stresses placed on our veterans and do not feel that the traditional justice system is always appropriate for our troubled veterans.  To honor my pledge to do everything I can to help veterans reenter our communities, I fought for federal funding of special veterans treatment courts, a hybrid of drug and mental health courts that serve veterans struggling with addiction, mental illness, or other conditions. This funding will ensure that our war heroes get the help that they need and the support they deserve.

More on Veterans

13 Feb Press Release
Congressman Patrick Meehan (PA-07) announced this morning announced the nomination of 31 area high school students for admission into one of the United States...
08 Dec Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congressman Patrick Meehan (R/PA-7) today wrote the Department of Veterans Affairs seeking information on the department’s ratings of VA medical...
14 Jul Press Release
WASHINGTON – Four bills authored by Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) are on their way to the President’s desk for his signature today after all received broad...
13 May Press Release
The House of Representatives this week approved legislation that codifies federal support for veterans’ treatment courts, specialized court systems that help...
01 Mar Press Release
This week, U.S. Representatives Patrick Meehan (R-PA) and John Carney (D-DE) led a letter to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald...
09 Jun Press Release
Richard Uhler, 90, of Springfield, with Congressman Patrick Meehan and members of Delaware County Council as he receives the Bronze Star and Purple Heart on...
11 May E-Newsletter
By Patrick Meehan and Ryan Costello Last month, the Department of Veterans Affairs' inspector general released a scathing report on the Philadelphia VA...
27 Mar Press Release
SPRINGFIELD, PA –  Congressman Patrick Meehan (PA-07) today wrote Allison Hickey, the Undersecretary for Benefits at the Department of Veterans Affairs,...
28 Jan Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Patrick Meehan (PA-07) today introduced the Servicemember Assistance for Lawful Understanding, Treatment and Education (SALUTE)...
30 Jul Press Release
Meehan on Latest VA Report: “They Looked Me in the Eye and Lied to Me” WASHINGTON, DC— Congressman Patrick Meehan issued the following statement after...

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