Veterans & Servicemembers

As Chair of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, and the Representative for Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, one of Rep. Levin’s top priorities is working across the aisle to support veterans, servicemembers, and their families. Rep. Levin believes that everyone who has served our country deserves the highest quality VA services, health care, and economic benefits that we can provide. He has said many times that not a single veteran should go hungry, homeless, or jobless, and that is his primary focus as the leader of the Economic Opportunity Subcommittee.
 
Rep. Levin has introduced 10 bipartisan bills to support veterans that have passed the House, two of which were signed into law by the President so far. That includes legislation to prioritize economic programs at the VA, expand access to STEM programs for student veterans, help maintain liquidity in the veteran home loan market, improve the Transition Assistance Program for servicemembers returning to civilian life, and much more. His subcommittee is one of the most productive in Congress, with 24 bills passing the House since he became Chair.
 
Rep. Levin has also focused on delivering results for active duty servicemembers at Camp Pendleton. He was able to secure more than $140 million in recent federal funding for much-needed infrastructure projects at Camp Pendleton. He also fiercely defended the base when the President targeted funding for military construction projects in order to pay for a border wall.
 
The first bill Rep. Levin authored as a Member of Congress was the Ensuring Safe Housing for our Military Act, a bipartisan effort to increase accountability and oversight over private housing for military families, which has suffered from serious health, safety, and environmental problems. Many of his proposals were included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and signed into law.
 
As Chair of the Economic Opportunity Subcommittee, Rep. Levin has held field hearings in the district and welcomed constituents to testify in Washington, D.C. He holds regular meetings with local veterans and servicemembers at Camp Pendleton, and he will continue to do so as long as he has the honor to serve them.

For more information concerning Rep. Levin's work and views related to veterans and servicemembers, please contact our office.

More on Veterans & Servicemembers

October 23, 2020 Press Release

San Juan Capistrano, CA – President Donald Trump signed legislation introduced by Representatives Mike Levin (D-CA) and Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) to expand eligibility to receive counseling from Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Vet Centers to members of the National Guard, Reserves, or Coast Guard who served during emergency situations, such as a major disaster, civil disorder, or drug interdiction operation.

October 7, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Many military families, facing the challenge of affording food, find themselves ineligible for federal food assistance due to how their income is counted. To help alleviate this problem, Reps. Susan Davis (CA-53) and Mike Levin (CA-49) introduced legislation to automatically enroll children of eligible servicemembers into school meals programs. 

September 16, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA), Chair of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) introduced the Reducing Veteran Homelessness Act.

August 31, 2020 Press Release

San Juan Capistrano, CA – In case you missed it, U.S. Representative Mike Levin led a hearing of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity and hosted a roundtable discussion last week with local veterans focused on legislation and programs to support veterans’ economic success.

August 26, 2020 Press Release

San Juan Capistrano, CA – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA), Chair of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, sent a letter to United States Postal Service (USPS) Postmaster General Louis DeJoy pressing him for information on the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on veteran hiring and employment within the agency.

August 11, 2020 Press Release

San Juan Capistrano, CA – VA Economic Opportunity Subcommittee Chairman Mike Levin and Ranking Member Bilirakis announced that President Trump has signed their bill, the Ryan Kules and Paul Benne Specially Adaptive Housing Improvement Act, into law.

July 30, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs passed the Navy Seal Chief Petty Officer William 'Bill' Mulder (Ret.) Veterans Economic Recovery Act of 2020 and the Brian Tally VA Employment Transparency Act, two bipartisan bills that U.S.

July 24, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) helped pass a bipartisan package of four government funding bills to invest in servicemembers and veterans, working families, and the environment. The bills include a number of priorities for North County San Diego and South Orange County, including billions for veterans’ health care, homeless assistance programs, nutrition assistance, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) clean-up efforts, and wildfire management.

July 21, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2021 passed the House of Representatives with $105 million in federal funding for military construction projects at Camp Pendleton and other key local wins that U.S. Rep. Mike Levin fought to secure. In addition to the funding for Camp Pendleton, the bill includes Rep.