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As the son of a World War II veteran and the representative of two military bases, supporting our troops at home and on the front lines is a no-brainer for Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger. In fact, it’s something he has built a national reputation on. Dutch believes:

We owe our veterans proper healthcare and benefits.

Dutch supports military pay increases, opposes TRICARE fee increases and supports tax deductions for supplemental premiums and enrollment fees. As part of his extensive constituent service operation, Dutch helps Maryland veterans access their benefits each and every day and is working aggressively to make sure Baltimore’s VA office eliminates its care backlog once and for all.

In Washington, he supports legislation and funding to keep the VA health care system strong, with clean, modern facilities. He is particularly supportive of services to fight the tragically high suicide rate among veterans and improve the treatment of traumatic brain injuries.  He has also secured millions in federal funding for the Trauma Clinical Research Program and the Peer Review Orthopedic Research Program, which work to ensure our wounded warriors and veterans can access the best possible medical care.

Returning troops and veterans deserve quality jobs.

Dutch supports legislation to encourage employers to hire servicemembers who have recently returned from duty or who have been discharged and are looking for a job. He consistently supports federal funding for programs that re-train veterans so they have the skills they need to find work in today’s job market. He supported the “new” post September 11 G.I. bill to expand educational benefits for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

As elected officials, we have an obligation to do whatever we can to ease the sacrifices of our military families.

Since coming to Congress, Dutch has launched two national programs that support our wounded warriors and their families. Operation “Hero Miles” helps citizens donate their frequent flyer miles to wounded warriors traveling to receive care through the military health system, as well as to friends and family visiting them. “Hotels for Heroes” allows the American public to donate their hotel reward points, further helping to defray travel costs. Both programs, now administered through the nationally recognized Fisher House Foundation, have been incredibly successful. Dutch also supports every legislative opportunity to better the quality of life for our veterans and their families. For example, he recently signed on in support of the Housing Our Heroes Act, which aims to acquire and renovate abandoned homes for homeless veterans.

Related Cosponshorships

To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the burial in Arlington National Cemetary of the cremated remains of certain persons whose service has been determined to be active service. 

Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015

Housing Our Heroes Act

To amend title 10, United States Code, to establish a space-available transportation priority for veterans of the Armed Forces who have service-connected, permanent disability rated as total. 

Military and Veteran Caregiver Services Improvement Act of 2015

World War II Merchant Mariner Service Act

Agent Orange Extension Act of 2015

Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2015

More on Veterans

Jul 9, 2020 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – The House Appropriations Committee today passed legislation that includes more than $500 million for improvements at Maryland military facilities championed by Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02). The $251 billion Military Construction-Veterans Affairs funding bill for fiscal year 2021 now moves to the full U.S. House of Representatives for consideration.

Dec 18, 2019 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes today announced the award of $748,976 for Baltimore’s Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) through the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program. The HUD-VASH program combines rental assistance for homeless veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). 

Dec 11, 2019 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today supported legislation authorizing $738 billion in defense-related activities that includes a 3.1 percent pay raise for troops, an end to the unfair ‘widows' tax, 12 weeks of paid parental leave for all federal government workers and efforts to address substandard military housing.

Sep 4, 2019 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger today condemned the Administration’s decision to transfer $3.6 billion from military construction funds to pay for President Trump's $20 billion boondoggle wall at the southwestern border. The list of projects that will now be deferred includes sorely-needed road improvements at Fort Meade, located in the Second District of Maryland, as well as two projects at Joint Base Andrews in Prince George’s County.

May 9, 2019 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – In their third full committee markup of the fiscal 2020 budget process, Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and his colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee today passed legislation funding improvements to military facilities and housing as well as veterans benefits and services. The committee marked up the $108 billion Military Construction-Veterans Affairs bill, providing $10 billion over 2019 spending levels.
Apr 21, 2017 Press Release

(Baghdad, Iraq) — Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, an appropriator who serves on the House defense subcommittee, last week traveled to Iraq, Turkey and Lebanon to meet with U.S. troops on the frontlines who are working with allies to combat ISIS. Congressman Ruppersberger was accompanied by Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, the Republican Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee on the week-long trip.

Feb 2, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today received the Department of the Army Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service award for his efforts during the 114th Congress to secure critical funding to ensure the Army can meet evolving threats and provide Soldiers with the tools they need. It is the highest civilian award the Army can present.

Oct 25, 2016 Press Release

(Washington, DC) —Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today issued the following statement on requiring California National Guard service members to repay enlistment bonuses and other incentives:

Jul 13, 2016 Press Release

(Timonium, MD) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) last week received the 2016 “Congressional Leadership Award” by the Association of Defense Communities (ADC), a national organization that advocates for communities adjacent to military installations, such as Aberdeen and Fort Meade. Congressman Ruppersberger was chosen for his work advancing policy issues that support defense communities, military families and veterans.

Aberdeen and Fort Meade, Maryland, are both located in Congressman Ruppersberger’s district.

Jul 12, 2016 Press Release

(Timonium, MD) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) today announced that the federal Veterans Health Administration has approved the relocation of an outpatient clinic for local veterans in Eastern Baltimore County that will be double the size of the now-shuttered facility at Fort Howard.