Congressman John Barrow

Representing the 12th District of GEORGIA

Veterans

There's nothing more important than keeping our promise to the men and women who have served our country in the armed forces.  But that promise doesn't end when our nation's heroes return home from battle.  It's something I take very seriously, and it's why I've fought to make sure that America's veterans have access to the benefits they've earned through their service.  That's why, in Congress, I:

  • Supported $17.7 billion in increases to veterans' health since 2007, a 40% increase.
     
  • Helped pass the new G.I. Bill for the 21st century, to ensure that all veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan have the opportunity to get a four-year college education.
     
  • Voted in favor of giving businesses a $2,400 tax credit for hiring unemployed veterans.
     
  • Voted to get nearly 2 million veterans a $250 economic recovery payment.
     
  • Supported H.R. 1804, to end the Military Families Tax; the bill allows for the families of military servicemen and women who are killed in action or die of service-connected injuries to receive both Dependency and Indemnification Compensation (DIC) and survivors benefits.
     
  • Introduced the Disabled Veterans Fairness Act in the 109th and 110th Congresses, to increase the mileage reimbursement rate for veterans who have to travel long distances for medical care.  The bill was included as an amendment to the Wounded Warrior Assistance Act of 2007.  Since February 2008, the rate of reimbursement has increased from 11 cents per mile to 28.5 cents per mile, to the current rate of 41.5 cents per mile.
     
  • Voted for the 2009 Supplemental Appropriations Act, which included a provision for service members who have had their enlistments involuntarily extended since 9/11; the provision would provide an extra $500 payment for every month they were held under stop-loss orders.
     
  • Voted for H.R. 3082, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act of 2010.  The bill includes $108.9 billion to the VA, for veterans' care, claims processors, and facility upgrades, and $45.1 billion to the Veterans Health Administration.
     
  • Have fought to get a VA Community-based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Statesboro, GA, to offer primary care and mental health services for approximately 5,000 enrolled veterans.  Currently, the plan is undergoing a technical review by the VA.
     
  • Host a yearly Veterans Town Hall tour, where I tour the district, meeting with veterans and veterans' families through the 12th District to hear what's on their mind.

If you are having any trouble with the VA, my office can help.  I've got offices in Augusta, Savannah, Vidalia, Sandersville, and Milledgeville, and folks are on hand to offer any assistance.  The contact information for my district offices can be found at the bottom of this page.

More on Veterans

Jul 10, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) released the following statement after Acting-Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson visited the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center (CNVAMC). Congressman Barrow was unable to make the trip due to previously scheduled votes in the House of Representatives.
Jun 25, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON - U.S. Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) today announced special veterans’ office hours throughout the 12th District during next week’s Congressional District Work Period. Congressman Barrow’s office is able to intervene on a veteran’s behalf if he or she is having problems connecting with the Department of Veterans Affairs or getting their benefits. Officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Georgia Department of Veterans Services, and several veterans’ service organizations (VSO’s) will be present to help veterans with claims.

Jun 19, 2014 In The News

Rep. John Barrow and a Republican congressman from Louisiana announced Tuesday they want a special prosecutor to investigate misconduct at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Legislation would ask the Justice Department to take the action and is expected to be filed Wednesday. It comes after a VA audit found more than 57,000 veterans nationwide waiting more than 90 days for an appointment. In some cases, schedulers were told by supervisors to alter appointment request dates to make wait times appear shorter.

Jun 17, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON - U.S. Congressmen John Barrow (D-GA) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) announced today they will introduce a bipartisan resolution in the House of Representatives calling on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate misconduct at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Jun 10, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed a bill introduced by Congressman John Barrow (GA-12), House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (F-FL), and a bipartisan coalition of members of the House of Representatives to address the immediate problems within the Department of Veterans Affairs. The legislation, among other things, will allow veterans to receive access to health care without facing further delays. The bill, the Veterans Access to Care Act, H.R. 4810, passed the House by a vote of 426-0.

Jun 10, 2014 In The News

House lawmakers unanimously passed a bill Tuesday to eliminate employee bonuses for three years and allow patients within the Department of Veterans Affairs to receive government-funded treatment outside the system under certain circumstances.

The Veteran Access to Care Act, co-sponsored by Rep. John Barrow, D-Augusta, passed by a 426-0 vote.

Jun 6, 2014 In The News

Rep. John Barrow has called on the acting inspector general of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to investigate potential wrongdoings in Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center’s radiology department.

Barrow’s request followed a report by a local NBC affiliate that raised allegations that a doctor in the radiology department misread patient scans and ordered “unnecessary, and often invasive medical, procedures,” according to a letter Barrow sent Wednesday to Acting Inspector General Richard J. Griffin.

Jun 6, 2014 In The News

Too much job security is part of the problem in the Department of Veterans Affairs and its medical system, U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., said Wednesday in Statesboro.

May 30, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) today released the following statement on the resignation of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, and the appointment of Acting Secretary, Sloan Gibson.

Congressman Barrow said:

May 28, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) released the following statement on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) preliminary report from the Office of Inspector General related to delays in care for veterans. The initial report found that manipulating records to hide delays was “systematic throughout” the VA and that 42 facilities are now under review, as opposed to 26 announced last week.