Veterans

Veterans across the Central Valley have made huge sacrifices to keep our nation safe. When service members come home, they deserve every opportunity to succeed.

However, too many of our veterans are left without a place to live, relevant job training, or facing unreasonable wait times for care. That’s why I’m working to guarantee that our veterans get the benefits and high quality care they’ve earned and are able to lead fulfilling lives. If you’re a veteran and need help with VA benefits, lost medals, or anything else, please contact our office

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

More on Veterans

February 4, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) released the following statement after President Donald Trump delivered his State of the Union Address.

“Tonight we heard a lot of the same tough talk, but talk is cheap.

February 3, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) released the following statement in advance of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address.

“I hope the President doesn’t come out guns blazing. I’m sure it’s tempting for him to be punchy because of all the fighting in Washington, but after all this chaos, it would be nice to hear something that’s unifying and optimistic.

January 29, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – After spending months fighting to ensure that Vietnam Veterans with Agent Orange-related health conditions not currently covered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) receive their benefits, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) announced that he will be joined at the 2020 State of the Union by someone directly impacted by the lack of coverage – local veteran Joshua Melendez of Modesto.

January 28, 2020 Press Release

Modesto, CA – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) announced that his office – working with the office of Assemblyman Heath Flora – helped local veteran John Bokelman of Manteca get the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to cover his medical bills totaling $573,108.54 after incorrectly denying his claims. Mr. Bokelman had two heart attacks in 2017, but the VA refused to cover the costs associated with treatment on four separate occasions. Most alarmingly, the VA’s initial denial claimed that heart attacks were not emergencies. Without intervention, Mr.

January 15, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – After the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) signaled that it would not cover several diseases associated with exposure to Agent Orange for at least a year – if at all, Representatives Josh Harder (CA-10) and Pete Stauber (MN-08) introduced the Fair Care for Vietnam Veterans Act, which would require the VA to cover the conditions. Currently, Vietnam Veterans with specific health care problems developed as the result of exposure to Agent Orange during their service get “presumptive” access to benefits at the VA.

January 6, 2020 Press Release

Modesto, CA – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) announced his first annual Valentines for Veterans initiative and invited his neighbors throughout the Central Valley to join him in making valentines to deliver to area veterans. The event gives local schools, families, individuals, businesses, and other organizations the opportunity to make valentines to show our ongoing appreciation for the service of our veterans. Rep.

December 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today released a comprehensive end of year report detailing his accomplishments on behalf of the Central Valley in his first year in office. The report details Rep. Harder’s legislative work, constituent services, and federal investments returned to the district in his first year in office.

December 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today announced $142,780 for the Housing Authority of Stanislaus County. The funding will provide housing as well as supportive services including health care, mental health treatment, and substance abuse counseling for chronically homeless and at-risk veterans and their families at a time when homelessness in the county is at a record high.

December 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representatives Josh Harder (CA-10) and House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) have sent a letter to Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos demanding answers about the status of student loan debt forgiveness for disabled veterans. Although the Trump Administration directed the department to discharge the loans of tens of thousands of totally and permanently disabled veterans, only approximately 3,300 have received forgiveness.

December 3, 2019 Press Release

Harder Introduces Bicameral Resolution, Contacts White House

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