Fighting for our Servicemembers and Veterans | Congressman Tim Ryan
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Fighting for our Servicemembers and Veterans

Protecting our national security is imperative to the American way of life. Continuous wars have taken a toll on our military. I am dedicated to honoring our commitments and restoring the health of our military. We need smart acquisitions to restore our military strength; we need to care for our servicemembers and the families who are bearing the burden of war; we need to honor our obligations to our Veterans. Providing for our armed forces, service members and Veterans is essential to continue our American freedoms. 

Increasing Military Readiness

Being from the Mahoning Valley, I often think of the servicemembers at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station and Camp Ravenna who work tirelessly each day to keep our nation safe and the duty I have to ensure they have what they need to do their jobs. As a member of the House Defense Approprations Subcommittee and the House Military Construction and Veterans Appropriations Subcommittee, I am proud to play an integral part in the formation of funding legislation that help improve the equipment and services that are critical to our national security. Each and every day, the men and women of our military sacrifice for our safety; it is our job to give them the resources they need to succeed. 

Steady investments in our military is essential, especially prioritizing the recapitalization of the Air Force’s C130 Fleet. This modernization plan will provide hardworking airmen, including the 910th Airlift Wing at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, with overdue essential upgrades. Furthermore, I am pleased that we were able to reinvest $12M in the 13th District, providing essential upgrades to the Youngstown Air Reserve Station and Camp Ravenna. This funding will give our Airmen and Soldiers the training facilities necessary to remain combat ready and complete their missions. I am proud to have supported our men and women in uniform and will continue ensure the vital upkeep of YARS and Camp Ravenna. 

Fighting for Our Veterans Healthcare

The health and well-being of our nation’s active servicemen, servicewomen, and veterans is extremely important to me. Unfortunately, military mental health patients around the country are still having trouble accessing quality treatment.  This is inexcusable. As Co-Chair of the Military Mental Health Caucus, I have worked closely with my Congressional colleagues to demand that military members and veterans suffering from mental illnesses receive the same standard of treatment. The price of not doing so is simply too high—as we are painfully finding out.

I have cosponsored multiple pieces of legislation designed to assist our service members and their families, including the Military and Veteran Caregiver Services Improvement Act, Post 9/11 GI Bill Reserve Component Eligibility Act, Disabled Veterans Tax Termination Act, a bill to prohibit any hiring freeze from affecting the VA, the Expedited Hiring for VA Trained Physicians Act, Women Veterans Access to Quality Care Act, and the Sgt Brandon Ketchum Never Again Act. Additionally, I have supported the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, which was signed into law by President Obama on February 12, 2015. This legislation increases access to mental health care by creating a peer support and community outreach pilot program to assist transitioning service members, and mandating an annual evaluation of VA mental health and suicide-prevention programs. While this is an important step in the right direction, we must do more.

We need to change the VA system in a way that is going to fix this problem and heal our veterans, and we must work to rebuild the trust with veterans and their families. That is why I have introduced legislation that would help modernize and improve military health treatment both at the VA and at Veteran Services Organizations by incorporating integrative health techniques into their treatment for veterans. I believe these integrative approaches can help preemptively address these needs and ultimately create less expensive treatments for long-term veteran healthcare.  

Honor Our Commitment to Veterans

Through my position on the Appropriations Committee I intend to make sure our Veterans get the care they fought for and deserve. I have co-sponsored multiple pieces of legislation designed to guarantee we do not turn our back on the promises we made our Veterans. This legislation includes the Servicemember Retirement Improvement Act, Fair Treatment for Families of Veterans Act, Reducing Barriers for Veterans Education Act, Support the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, Victims of Agent Orange Relief Act, Honor America's Guard-Reserve Retirees Act, Retired Pay Restoration Act, and Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act. If we are going to continue to rely upon our military to act when we require their assistance, we must act now to hold up our end of the bargain. The United States made promises to our Veterans and now owes faithfulness to our commitments. 

More on Fighting for our Servicemembers and Veterans

January 20, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13), Co-Chair of the National Guard and Reserve Caucus and Chairman of the House Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee today thanked the National Guard for its crucial role in protecting the Capitol and facilitating a peaceful transition of power on Inauguration Day. In a letter to General Daniel Hokansen, Chief of the U.S.

January 14, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today joined many of his colleagues in requesting access to showers and sleeping accommodations for National Guardmembers during their time in-between shifts while guarding the Capitol. Lawmakers also requested that House dining services provide free hot meals three times a day to those who are heroically protecting our Capitol.

January 6, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) along with Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) today applauded the signing into law of their bipartisan and bicameral legislation authored by Ryan to name a Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in Youngstown, Ohio after Major Carl Nunziato, a veteran of the U.S. Army. 

December 28, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) voted this evening to override President Trump’s veto of the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes a pay raise and hazard pay for U.S. Servicemembers and long-overdue benefits to Vietnam-Era veterans exposed to Agent Orange.

December 18, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) along with Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) today applauded the final Senate passage of bipartisan and bicameral legislation authored by Ryan to name a Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in Youngstown, Ohio after Major Carl Nunziato, a veteran of the U.S. Army.  

December 8, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today voted in favor of H.R. 6395, the FY2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which included a long-overdue benefit to Vietnam-Era veterans exposed to Agent Orange – adding Parkinsonism, bladder cancer, and hypothyroidism to the list of diseases associated with its exposure. 

November 23, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Representative Tim Ryan (D, OH-13), in a letter today with bipartisan members of the Ohio congressional delegation, urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor, Office of Management and Budget Director Russell Vought, and Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller to support Governor Mike DeWine’s request to restore and extend full federal funding for the Ohio National Guard’s COVID-19 response mission through March of 2021. 

October 14, 2020 Press Release

Youngstown, OH — Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announces more than $9.4M in funding awarded to the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) and Center Street Technologies (CST) for a joint, two-year additive manufacturing program in Youngstown, OH. 

October 13, 2020 Press Release

Youngstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announced that YSU and University of Akron will take part in a $30 million program to train future engineers. The Microelectronics Workforce Development Program is a joint partnership between Wright State University, Youngstown State University, University of Akron, University of Toledo, Ohio University, and Lorain County Community College to establish statewide undergraduate degree pathways for digital system development and computer engineering that will produce students current in the latest tools and techniques.

October 5, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressmen Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA) today introduced bipartisan legislation in the House of Representatives to waive all passport fees for any recipient of the Purple Heart, which is awarded to any member of the Armed Forces of the United States who is wounded or killed in battle. This legislation has been endorsed by the Military Order of the Purple Heart and the National Association of County Veteran Service Officers.