Throughout American history, the burden of keeping our great nation free and secure has largely fallen on the shoulders of the men and women bravely serving in our Armed Forces. The care we provide to our veterans reflects our gratitude to the courageous servicemen and women who selflessly risk their lives in the protection of others. It is our responsibility to ensure that the federal government keeps its commitment to provide our veterans with the respect and highest level of care they deserve.

I have had the opportunity to sit down with local veterans in Central Washington. I listened as they expressed their concerns about understaffing at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical clinics and a lack of information about the VA’s programs. Many of the vets described excessive wait times to receive service on their claims and insufficient care from their VA providers. Stories like these are unacceptable and test the promise that our nation has made to its veterans.  I believe our veterans deserve our deepest respect and gratitude, and this should be reflected in their level of care.  Reports of grave mismanagement and veterans passing-away while waiting for care are unacceptable and must be addressed.  I am committed to holding the VA accountable and implementing much-needed reforms.

Recently, I introduced H.R. 3216, the Veterans Emergency Treatment (VET) Act, in response to incidents at VA hospital emergency rooms where veterans have been unjustly refused assistance. The VET Act would require that every enrolled veteran is afforded the highest level of emergency care at every emergency-capable medical facility under the VA’s jurisdiction. No veteran should be denied assistance when they require emergency medical care, regardless of misguided policies and bureaucratic red tape. I have also pushed the VA Secretary to revise the 40-mile rule and clarify the eligibility requirements for the Veterans Choice Program.  Additionally, I was proud to cosponsor and vote for H.R. 1994, the VA Accountability Act of 2015, which passed the House with bipartisan support on July 29, 2015.


More on Veterans

Newhouse Introduces Resolution to Commemorate 20 Years of the Veterans History Project

Jul 29 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Newhouse (R-WA) joined Reps. Ron Kind (D-WI), Brian Mast (R-FL), and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) to introduce a bipartisan resolution commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project.

Newhouse Leads Delegation to Introduce Bill Honoring Washingtonian General James Mattis

Oct 28 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) introduced H.R. 4867, the General James N. Mattis Congressional Gold Medal Act. The bill would bestow the Congressional Gold Medal to General James N.

COLUMN: American Troops Deserve Better

Jul 15 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

One of Congress’ most important Constitutional responsibilities is providing for our military and national defense. For the past 58 years, this has been a bipartisan affair.

COLUMN: 75 Years and Counting

Jun 10 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

This past week, we commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Normandy, otherwise known as D-Day. Many of us know D-Day as an event that eventually resulted in victory for the Allied forces in World War II. Thousands of brave American soldiers sacrificed their lives for the greater good and helped to secure the freedom we enjoy today.

COLUMN: The Stories We Must Remember

May 27 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

On Memorial Day, we honor our nation’s servicemembers who have given the ultimate sacrifice. We surround their families and loved ones with prayers and support. We lay flowers on memorials, make visits to monuments, and we pay tribute to their service by lowering our flags to half-mast.

Veterans History Project Training Session

May 18 Event


I am participating in the Library of Congress' Veteran's History Project, and I am looking for volunteers to conduct interviews with our veterans. 

Newhouse Introduces Bill to Honor Fallen West Richland Marine

Apr 13 Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) introduced legislation, H.R. 5504, with the support of the entire Washington delegation in the U.S. House, to designate the U.S.