News from Representative Tom Emmer

Dear Friend,

As we celebrate our nation’s independence, Congress continues to take steps to ensure our nation’s military remains the strongest force for democracy in the world. We have also made enormous strides in caring for our veterans, and those who dedicated their lives to the service of our country and the protection of our freedoms.

Just this year, I am a cosponsor of:
  • The Sgt. Brandon Ketchum Never Again Act –  which provides for in-patient psychiatric care at either the VA facility that is closest to where the veteran resides, or elsewhere if the VA facility lacks the capability.
  • The WINGMAN Act – which allows for the opportunity for a veteran to share read-only access to their records with a Congressional office for the purposes of casework and advocating for benefits on their behalf.
  • Homeless Veterans Families Act – which ensures children of homeless veterans are included in the calculation of per diem grants for shelters.
  • The VA Billing Accountability Act – which waives co-payments for veterans for their health care if the VA or their employees caused a significant delay in providing notification of a co-payment requirement.
  • The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act – which extends service-connected presumption to those who served off the coast of Vietnam. The House thankfully passed this legislation.
  • The Retired Pay Restoration Act - which allows veterans to receive full service connected disability benefits as well as full retired pay.
  • The Mark Takai Atomic Veterans Healthcare Parity Act – which allows radiation exposed veterans to receive service-connected disability if they served in the cleanup of Enewetak Atoll.

Thursday, on Independence Day, I encourage you to show your gratitude for our troops, veterans, and their families for their service. A simple handshake or a ‘Thank you,’ is a small, but meaningful way to give back and let these Americans know you support them in their service.


Congressman Emmer, his wife Jacquie, and their son Joe on induction day at the United States Naval Academy. 

Jacquie and I are incredibly proud of our son Joe who is attending the U.S. Naval Academy, and our son Billy who recently graduated basic training to become a United States Marine. We are in admiration of their dedication to our country. Our experience has allowed us to never forget that the families of those who serve are also making sacrifices to support their loved one. Whether it’s a spouse, a child, a sibling, or a parent – these Americans play a vital role in the lives of our troops. Their sacrifices are the reason we are able to continue enjoying the freedoms our country offers us.


Congressman Emmer's wife Jacquie with their son Billy at his graduation from basic training to become a United States Marine. 

On July 4, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson said: 

“Nobody outside of America believed when it was uttered that we could make good our independence; now nobody anywhere would dare to doubt that we are independent and can maintain our independence."

Thursday, on Independence Day, we will celebrate this great nation together, as one United States of America because of the brave men and women who fight to preserve and protect our independence. 


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