|For General Veterans Assistance
If you are a veteran in need of assistance, my office would be honored to serve you. Please call us at (973) 814-4078 or click HERE to submit an inquiry.
For Help with a Federal Agency
If you can't get an answer from a federal agency in a timely fashion, or if you feel you have been treated unfairly, our office may be able to help resolve a problem or get you the information you need. Click HERE to submit a request for help with a federal agency.
Request for Presidential Greetings
If you're a U.S. citizen and a resident of my District and would like to receive a greeting from the President of the United States, click HERE. Events eligible for Presidential greetings are below:
- Birthday Greetings for persons 80 years of age or over, 70 or over for veterans
- Anniversary Greetings for couples celebrating 50 years of marriage or more
- Retirement for 20 years of service or longer
- Wedding Greetings available after the event
- Baby's Birth available within a year of birth--please make your request after the baby is born
- Girl Scout Gold Award
- Eagle Scout
- School Graduation
- Class Reunion
- Religious Anniversary
Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions concerning the Veterans Administration:
How can I get a copy of my military records (discharge, medical, etc.)?
This is also an area where a congressional office can really help. If you are trying to get records from your military service, or that of a family member, feel free to contact my office. I will need your written permission to help with this issue. To make that easier, you can print out this Authorization Form, and fax, email, or mail it to my office.
Most military records are stored at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri.
Visit the National Archives website for more information.
How can I get the medals I was awarded during my service but never received?
In most cases, it is faster to get medals if you work through a congressional office. If you are owed medals from your service, just fill out this Authorization Form and fax or mail it to my office. Once I receive this information from you, I will be back in touch with you regarding any other paperwork that might be required to send the request to the proper officials.
Military medals are also an issue handled primarily through the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis.
How can I get my VA claim or appeal processed faster?
The Veterans Administration currently has many claims pending for various types of benefits. Because of that, many veterans feel that their case might be overlooked or handled improperly.
I am always glad to help in these situations. At my request, the VA will "flag" a particular case and keep me updated throughout the process. However, it is important to know that I cannot act as the "representative" on a person's VA claim. You may still want an attorney or veterans representative to help you with this. My actions will not affect the work done by the person you select as your representative.
If you would like my help with a claim or appeal, please print out this Authorization Form and fax or mail it to my office.
Visit the Department of Veterans Affairs website for more information.
If you would like my help with a VA matter, please print out my Authorization Form and fax or mail it to my office.