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Standing Up for Veterans

from Gregory F. Murphy, M.D.

This week in Washington, the House passed the Military Construction-Veterans Affairs appropriation bill to fund military construction projects and fully fund veterans' health care programs. I was pleased with the package House Republicans delivered and voted YES on the measure. Additionally, I was dismayed to see that every Democrat opposed the legislation.

Included in the bill are a number of important provisions you should know about:

  • Fully funds veterans’ health care programs, veterans’ benefits, and VA programs, including the electronic health record modernization initiative.

  • Provided nearly $800 million above the President’s Budget Request for military construction, focusing investments on barracks and other quality-of-life projects.

  • Prohibits the use of funds to promote or advance critical race theory.

  • Prohibits the implementation, administration, or enforcement of the Biden Administration’s executive orders on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Eliminates funding for the VA’s Office of Public Affairs in response to the VA’s inaccurate and politically motivated press releases making false claims about budget cuts.

One-in-nine individuals in North Carolina's 3rd Congressional District is a veteran. It is my privilege to fight for the resources they deserve and need here in Washington.

Honoring Master Sergeant Kevin Haunschild

It was my honor to recognize Marine Master Sergeant Kevin Haunschild, from NC-03’s own Marine Corps Air Station New River, as Military Times Marine of the Year!

In 2021, Master Sergeant Haunschild deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan in Charge of Air Traffic Control at Hamid Karzai International Airport, to coordinate the largest Noncombatant Evacuation Operation the U.S. military has ever been involved with, during our withdrawal.

For his valiant and heroic leadership, Master Sergeant Haunschild received a Bronze Star.

Preserving Veteran Stories at the Library of Congress

I was proud to deliver three interviews to Veterans History Project Director, Monica Mohindra and Head of Programs, Travis Bickford, at the Library of Congress. I’m grateful for those who signed up and for their service to our nation.

As you may remember, I hosted a kickoff event for the Veterans History Project, sponsored by the Library of Congress, earlier this month. Through the process, we interview and collect photographs from Eastern North Carolina veterans to preserve in Washington.

If you or someone you know would like to participate, contact my office! I will be hosting my next event in Currituck County on November 9th.

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