Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia

Veterans

As a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, and as the Co-Chair of the Congressional Military Family Caucus, I will continue to support the men and women who serve in the military and their families and our nation's veterans. The Hiring Heroes law that I authored in the House was signed into law by the President in November 2011. The law honors our veterans by ensuring they have the resources and tools they need to find suitable and sustainable employment. I have led efforts to improve health care for veterans, especially those with traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, mental health issues, and lost limbs. I will continue to fight for legislation on behalf of veterans to increase educational opportunities, expand small business opportunities, provide cost-of-living adjustments, and reduce homelessness and suicide.

As a member of Congress, I will continue working to ensure that our soldiers have the best weapons, body armor, equipment, materials, and family support to successfully accomplish their mission. I also have supported efforts to strengthen our national security by pursuing a clear strategy for victory in Iraq and Afghanistan.

More on Veterans

Nov 10, 2011 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, November 9, 2011, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) delivered remarks at Phoebe Putney Hospital in Albany, Georgia.  In his remarks, Congressman Bishop praised Phoebe’s administration, faculty and staff for the hospital’s efforts in researching new treatments and technologies to assist local service members suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD).  Below is the text of Congressman Bishop’s remarks:     

Oct 25, 2011 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) joined a bipartisan majority of his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in voting in favor of H.R. 2447, a resolution he cosponsored honoring the Montford Point Marines – the first African-Americans to serve in the United States Marine Corps. The resolution awards the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award in the United States, to the Montford Point Marines for their service during World War II. The resolution was approved by a 422 to 0 vote.

Aug 16, 2011 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) delivered remarks at the Blue Star Museums Joining Forces Initiative Event at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum. Blue Star Museums is a partnership between Blue Star Families—a national nonprofit that serves military families, the National Endowment for the Arts and more than 1,300 museums across the country. The initiative is a free museum admission program available to active-duty military personnel and their immediate family members.

Jul 20, 2011 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-2), fought to protect the benefits of U.S. Veterans by offering a Motion to Recommit amendment to H.R. 2560, the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011.  Rep. Bishop’s motion stated that, “It shall not be in order in the House of Representatives or the Senate to consider any balanced budget amendment to the Constitution that could result in a reduction in veteran’s benefits.”  The motion, which received bi-partisan support, was unsuccessful by a vote of 188 to 236.

Jul 15, 2011 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-2), sponsor of H.R. 1941, the Hiring Heroes Act of 2011, testified before the House Veterans Affairs Committee this morning.

May 31, 2011 Press Release

Rep. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement celebrating Memorial Day, which Monday May 30, 2011.

“This time of year our nation pauses to honor the memories of the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives defending the freedoms that make our nation the greatest on earth. It is especially important during this time of war that we take a moment to support those who have lost loved ones or have family members currently serving overseas.

May 26, 2011 Press Release

Rep. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) joined his fellow co-chairs of the Congressional and Senate Military Family Caucus yesterday to unveil a crisis and suicide prevention public service announcements (PSAs) campaign for service members, military families and veterans. The PSAs feature touching comments from several celebrities reminding service members and their families that they are not alone, and that help is available.

May 25, 2011 Press Release

Rep. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA), the Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies released the following statement after the House Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2012 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Subcommittee bill by voice vote. The bill now moves to the full House of Representatives for consideration.

May 24, 2011 Press Release

Rep. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA) will join fellow co-chairs of the Senate and Congressional Military Family Caucus to unveil a crisis and suicide prevention PSA campaign for military families, veterans and service members.  The event will take place on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 12:00 PM in the CVC Auditorium.

May 24, 2011 Press Release

Rep. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), the Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies, introduced bi-partisan legislation to help veterans transition from military service and find a job.  With nearly one-in-four veterans between the ages of 20 and 24 unemployed, the legislation would improve much needed training programs for separating service members, and modify federal hiring practices to encourage the hiring of veterans after their service is complete.

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