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Veterans

As the son of a Vietnam War veteran, Congressman Alex Mooney believes we must prioritize the health and well-being of our service members, veterans, and their families. Since taking office in January 2015, Congressman Alex Mooney has helped the House of Representatives pass more than 26 veterans-related pieces of legislation aimed at, improving Veterans Affairs (VA) and other services, increasing economic opportunity, and honoring our veterans.

Improving Services:

Congressman Mooney is a cosponsor of H.R.577, which would ensure that veterans living in rural areas, more than 40 miles driving distance from the nearest VA facility, would be able to obtain quality healthcare at local facilities.

Congressman Mooney is also a cosponsor of H.R969, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act. This bill would extend coverage and associated benefits with “Agent Orange” exposure to an additional group of Vietnam veterans.

Congressman Mooney worked with both sides of the aisle in Congress to pass H.R.1994, the VA Accountability Act. This bill would bring increased accountability to the VA and institute a comprehensive process for handling complaints by whistleblowers.

Helping West Virginians cut through bureaucratic red tape is just as important as passing the right legislation in Congress. Since May 2016, Congressman Mooney has proudly hosted a disabled veteran, Jon, through the Wounded Warrior Program to better help open doors for veterans returning home to West Virginia.

Increasing Economic Opportunity:

Congressman Mooney helped pass two bills into law that help veterans reintegrate into civilian life. The first, H.R.2835 – Border Jobs for Veterans Act, improves efforts of the Department of Homeland Security to employ veterans as Customs and Border Protection Officers.

Also signed into law, H.R.2499 – the Veteran Entrepreneurship Act,  reduces fees on veterans and their spouses taking out loans through the Small Business Administration. Congressman Mooney knows that veterans have acquired important leadership and problem solving skills through their military service that can be used to help grow jobs and business opportunities in West Virginia. 

Congressman Mooney is also a cosponsor of H.R.1818 – Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support Act. This legislation would help streamline procedures to assist veterans who have completed military emergency medical technicians (EMTs) training to meet state standards to become EMT certified.

Honoring Our Veterans:

Congressman Mooney cosponsored and voted for H.R.1475 – Korean War Veterans Memorial Wall of Remembrance Act. This bill, which passed the House of Representatives, would improve the Korean War Veterans Memorial by listing the names of our service members who died in theatre in the Korean War.

Given the 2015 terrorist attack in Chattanooga, TN, it is a dishonor to our veterans and a disservice to our communities to continue placing restrictions on the gun rights of law-abiding trained veterans who wish to legally own firearms. That is why Congressman Mooney introduced H.R.2246, the Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

Their bill would remove burdensome regulations on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens, including members of the military and their spouses. It would loosen restrictions on the ability of these individuals to purchase firearms in their state of legal residence and the state in which they maintain a home.

For more information concerning work and views related to Veterans issues, please contact our office.

More on Veterans

June 28, 2021 In The News
A group of GOP lawmakers is pushing back back on a proposed rule change by the Department of Veterans Affairs that would allow it to compensate gender reassignment surgery for military vets. In a letter sent to VA Secretary Denis McDonough on Monday, the group — led by Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-Mont.) — said the rule change to provide and cover the surgeries would be “dangerous and irresponsible,” raising concerns about the suicide and depression rates of those who have undergone the procedure.
May 20, 2021 In The News
May 20—MORGANTOWN — Following on the heels of the sentencing of Reta Mays for the murder of eight veterans at the Clarksburg VA hospital, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill introduced by Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., to require the VA to report to Congress on the use and maintenance of all cameras used for patient safety and law enforcement purposes in VA medical facilities.
May 20, 2021 In The News
May 20—MORGANTOWN — Following on the heels of the sentencing of Reta Mays for the murder of eight veterans at the Clarksburg VA hospital, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill introduced by Rep. David McKinley, R- W.Va., to require the VA to report to Congress on the use and maintenance of all cameras used for patient safety and law enforcement purposes in VA medical facilities.
April 17, 2021 In The News
As a retired Senior Master Sergeant and First Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, I must publicly give my appreciation to Congressman Mooney and his office for assisting me in a matter I could not get resolved on my own.
March 7, 2021 In The News
CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R, W.Va.) is hoping new legislation proposed by her and U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D, W.Va.) will bring more transparency to Veterans Affairs (VA) centers following the tragedies in Clarksburg. The legislation rolled out would require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit to Congress a report on the use of security cameras in VA medical centers.
March 5, 2021 In The News
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A killer could have been found sooner had there been security footage at the VA hospital in Clarksburg, a U.S. senator from West Virginia said Thursday. The absence of cameras hindered the investigation into the murders at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said.
January 21, 2021 In The News
CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice announced Tuesday the death of Dennis Davis, a military veteran and retired teacher who spent the last four years as the cabinet secretary of the Department of Veterans Assistance. Davis, 79, served as Veterans Assistance secretary under Justice since his appointment in January 2017. Justice, who made the announcement during his coronavirus briefing, did not say when Davis died or what the cause of death was.
February 21, 2019 Press Release

Today, Congressman Alex X. Mooney (WV-2) announced that his office is partnering with the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. to bring the Veterans History Project to West Virginia. 

“As the son of a Vietnam Veteran, I recognize the importance of honoring our veterans and learning from their examples and wisdom. West Virginia has a proud history of military service and I will continue to do my part to help preserve these wonderful stories for generations to come”, said Congressman Mooney.

May 21, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Alex Mooney Statement on Passage of Bill to Honor Woody Williams  

Today, the House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 3663, To designate the medical center of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Huntington, West Virginia, as the Hershel "Woody" Williams VA Medical Center. Congressman Mooney was an original cosponsor of this legislation and released the following statement:

January 31, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Alex X. Mooney Statement on State of the Union

Congressman Alex X. Mooney released the following statement in reaction to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address:

“Tonight, President Donald Trump outlined a conservative agenda to make America safer and stronger. I remain committed to helping President Trump implement our shared agenda to make America prosper again.