Veterans & Military

There is no commitment more important to our country than that of defending it, as millions of brave men and women have done. Our veterans are the heroes of our nation and deserve to be treated as such for being staunch defenders of our freedom. It is shameful that returning veterans often lack job opportunities, access to education, and critical healthcare services, and it is even more shameful that some of our heroes are left homeless and unemployed. In Congress, Representative Van Drew is fighting to reverse these failures and will work tirelessly until this is no longer the sad reality for the brave men and women of our military.

Amid the 2019 government shutdown, Rep. Van Drew has vehemently fought to pay the brave men and women in uniform.


More on Veterans & Military

March 5, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON--Today, Congressman Jeff Van Drew issued a letter to National Guard Bureau Chief General Hokanson, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer urging immediate action to address the substandard quality of food being served to National Guard members stationed at the United States Capitol.

Congressman Jeff Van Drew has previously voiced concern over the continued presence of troops, as well as the fencing keeping the Capitol of the United states looking “third world” and keeping constituents away.

September 28, 2020 Press Release

MAYS LANDING- Congressman Van Drew secured constituent, Petty Officer 1st class David Leininger’s, medals from his time in the service in the United States Navy.  Mr. Leininger served with distinction and honor in the United States Navy from the Korean War to the Vietnam War.

September 10, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Van Drew is seeking a wounded warrior or medically retired veteran for a position in his Mays Landing district office.

The Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program was established by the House of Representatives to provide employment opportunities for wounded or disabled veterans within member offices.

August 10, 2020 Press Release

SALEM COUNTY, NJ- Today, Congressman Jeff Van Drew decried the decision to close Fort Mott in Salem County, New Jersey indefinitely. The State Park Service has advised visitors to head to a different park, which is an approximate 40-minute drive away. While Fort Mott is an important site in the history of our State, the people of Salem County also heavily depend on the park for its recreational opportunities and scenic vistas.

June 19, 2020 Press Release

MAYS LANDING- Today, Congressman Jeff Van Drew was awarded “Legislator of the Year” by the Department of New Jersey Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). The award was presented to Congressman Van Drew at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention in Wildwood.  Congressman Van Drew then met with Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to discuss veterans care initiatives.

March 22, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON--“The pain Americans are feeling is real; they need decisive action and they need it now. I am working every single day to make sure my constituents and all Americans get access to the direct financial relief they need,” said Congressman Van Drew.

“Politicians should be working on how to alleviate the fear and uncertainty right now for the sake of America. This is the life and death of this nation. I will push back against any attempt to slow down this process or add extraneous fluff to this legislation. We must put American workers first.”

March 12, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON--- Today Congressman Van Drew announced he will be sponsoring H.R. 6194, a bill that will ensure veterans have access to their GI Bill benefits they earned, and will be using, during the current Coronavirus crisis. The Coronavirus is causing many universities around the country to transition to “distance learning,” where students attend their classes through telecommunications. This threatens to disrupt students attending school through the GI bill. As it stands, the GI bill does not account for students who must move from on-site learning to distance learning.

February 21, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On January 30th Congressman Jeff Van Drew sent a letter to the President of the United States asking for assistance and answers from the local Veterans Affairs branch on a situation that ultimately lead to one of his constituent's, Gerald Keenan, passing away. In the letter Congressman Van Drew requested three issues to be addressed:

December 12, 2019 Press Release

December 12, 2019
CONTACT – Mackenzie Lucas 1(202) 225-6572

WASHINGTON - Today, Thursday, December 12, 2019, U.S. Congressman Jeff Van Drew (NJ-2) and Congressmen Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) called on House leadership to put the recently introduced bipartisan bicameral Advancing Support for Working Families Act on the House floor for a vote. This bipartisan bill provides financial resources to help new parents pay for leave and cover the cost of child care, infant care supplies and other expenses associated with a new child.

December 12, 2019 Press Release
December 11, 2019
CONTACT – Mackenzie Lucas 1(202) 225-6572
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Jeff Van Drew voted to pass H.R. 2500, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020 which secures a strong national defense that is built on bipartisan principles and advances American values. This bill includes paid parental leave for Coast Guard families and South Jersey’ federal employees at the William Hughes Technical Center.