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Veterans

We have a responsibility to care for the women and men who have served our nation in the armed forces. The people who swear an oath to defend our country do the work and make the sacrifices that keep us safe. It is their government’s duty to care for them as they transition to civilian life or if they are struggling with a visible or invisible fight.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers a range of services and benefits for military veterans and eligible dependents who meet certain criteria. These benefits include medical care, disability compensation and pensions, education, vocational rehabilitation assistance to homeless veterans, administration of life insurance and traumatic injury protection insurance, and death benefits that cover burial expenses.

For more information on these and all other benefits offered by the Department, you can visit www.va.gov.

Legislative Work

I take my responsibility to our veterans seriously. That is why I have co-sponsored:

  • H.R. 299,the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, to extend presumption of service and exposure to Agent Orange for veterans who served in the waters off Vietnam. This bill was passed by the House and Senate and signed into law by the President on June 25, 2019.
  • H.R. 186, the Veterans Jobs Opportunity Act, to provide tax credits for military veterans who open a small business in underserved communities.
  • H.R. 663, the Burn Pit Accountability Act, to direct the Department of Defense to evaluate whether servicemembers were exposed to toxic chemicals used in burn pits.
  • H.R. 3867, the Violence Against Women Veterans Act, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to improve the services and benefits that the Department offers to veterans who experience domestic violence or sexual assault.

Help for Constituent Servicemembers

I have long supported our military veterans and often meet with organizations representing former servicemembers from New Jersey.  My office is always ready to assist constituents with any questions about, or requests for, assistance with the Department of Veterans Affairs. If you or someone you know wants to contact my office with questions about casework with the VA, please click here. I was honored to receive a 2019 Legislator of the Year Award from the New Jersey Veterans of Foreign Wars for my work on behalf of our servicemembers.

More on Veterans

Dec 12, 2014

As the end of the year and 113th Congress approached, over the past two weeks I participated in committee hearings, voted on several critical pieces of legislation, spoke on the Floor of the House of Representatives, and shared my gratitude with our troops serving overseas.

Nov 21, 2014

Over the past two weeks in Washington, I participated in a subcommittee hearing and committee markup session for several important pieces of legislation, spoke with airline pilots about the aviation industry, reflected on the importance of Veterans Day, and attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Bayonne Fire Department’s new firehouse.

Nov 11, 2014

On Veterans Day, we salute the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and remember those who have served our country around the world in the name of freedom and democracy. On this solemn holiday, we gather together across this grateful nation to honor their sacrifice and to remember that our country is safe thanks to those who serve and have served.

Oct 17, 2013
I am relieved that Congress has finally broken through the gridlock that initiated the government shutdown. Although 16 days is far too long for this stalemate to have occurred, thousands of American families woke up today knowing that not only can they pay their bills, but the United States of America can continue paying its bills.
Oct 11, 2013
Today is the 11th day that the United States government is shutdown. Discussions in Congress continue, but uncertainty remains all too real for American families across the nation.
Oct 9, 2013
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak in memory of Master Sergeant Nicholas Oresko, the oldest living Medal of Honor recipient, and Bayonne, New Jersey native, who passed away on October 4, 2013 at the age of ninety-six.
Jul 15, 2013
(Washington, D.C.)—Congressman Sires along with Congressman Donald Payne Jr. and (D-NJ) and Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) have announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will award a $2 million Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) grant to the non-profit organization, Soldier On. Funds will allow Soldier On to expand services that assist veterans who are at-risk of becoming homeless in Hudson, Essex, and Bergen Counties.
May 24, 2013
This week, a deadly tornado swept through Oklahoma, devastating the town of Moore and its surrounding areas. I am saddened over the loss of life and the destruction caused by the natural disaster, particularly those innocent lives lost in the school yard. Words cannot comfort those who lost loved ones, but as proven with Superstorm Sandy, we as a nation stand with our fellow citizens in their time of need. I will work with my colleagues from Oklahoma to make sure that the victims get the assistance they need to rebuild.
Jul 10, 2012
Washington, DC—On July 9, 2012, Congressman Sires supported H.R. 4114 the Veterans Compensation Cost of Living Adjustment Act and H.R. 4155 the Veterans Skills Jobs Act. Together these two pieces of legislation adjust the rate of compensation disabled veterans and their families receive in addition to recognizing the valuable skills gained while serving in the armed forces.
Jun 25, 2012
Washington, DC - Today, Congressman Sires congratulated Bayonne and Jersey City on their receipt of COPS Hiring Program grants to hire or rehire law enforcement officers.

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