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

June 5, 2020 In The News

As the coronavirus pandemic continues in the United States, veteran advocates have increasingly warned that the economic downturn could lead to more homeless vets. 

But the Department of Veterans Affairs is limited in what help it can offer. VA even put out a public call for donations to help.

Now, lawmakers are stepping in aiming to change that. 

June 5, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mike Levin (D-Calif.), the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, and Rep. Phil Roe, M.D.
June 4, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Levin (D-CA) and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Chair and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to expand and strengthen Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) services for homeless veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 14, 2020 Press Release

San Juan Capistrano, CA – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA), Chair of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, led a virtual roundtable with Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) officials on the impact that COVID-19 has had on veterans’ home loans. The roundtable specifically focused on VA’s implementation of the CARES Act and how it is impacting new home loan applications, as well as VA’s work with veterans to prevent foreclosures.

April 16, 2020 In The News

REGION — Medical treatment and financial assistance for veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic were the main focuses for Rep. Mike Levin’s (D-San Juan Capistrano) April 8 virtual town hall.

Since March, Levin has been hosting weekly virtual town hall discussions every Wednesday with local health professionals from the 49th district.

April 6, 2020 Press Release

San Juan Capistrano, CA – U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) will host a Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday with Dr. Robert M. Smith, VA San Diego Healthcare System Director, to answer questions regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), veterans’ care, and economic resources.

February 28, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) announced local veteran Robert “Bob” Moore as his February Constituent of the Month in celebration of Black History Month. Bob Moore is one of the nation's first black men to serve in the Marine Corps. He is also the last surviving Montford Point Marine.

See below for Rep. Levin’s statement recognizing Robert “Bob” Moore in the Congressional Record:

February 13, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Levin (D-CA), Steven Palazzo (R-MS), and Tim Ryan (D-OH) announced the introduction of the Guard and Reserve GI Bill Parity Act of 2020, bipartisan legislation to provide parity in GI Bill benefits for members of the National Guard and Reserves who increasingly conduct similar training and missions as other servicemembers, but do not receive equal benefits. The bill was also introduced by Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).

February 5, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Levin (D-CA) and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) introduced the Streamlining GI Bill Processing Act to improve access to GI Bill benefits for veterans. The bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide veterans with an electronic copy of their Certificate of Eligibility for GI Bill benefits, which schools require veterans to provide.