Veterans and Service

As a Gold Star Son, Rep. Phillips's gratitude to our veterans and their families is immeasurable. In Congress, he is committed to supporting those who serve. 

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November 10, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- This week, Congressman Dean Phillips (D-MN) and Congressman Bryan Steil (R-WI) are introducing the ‘No Veteran Falls Through the Cracks Act,’ legislation to ensure that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) follows up with veterans rescheduling mental health appointments at the VA. Currently, if a veteran cancels a mental health appointment online the VA is not required to follow up to reschedule.

May 28, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) announced the introduction of the Vet Center Support Act, H.R. 3674, a bill that would identify barriers to constructing new Vet Centers and increasing staff capacity to assess how well veterans’ mental health needs are being met in underserved areas. Minnesota only has three Vet Centers statewide – one Center for every 100,000 veterans – one of the worst ratios in the country.

May 5, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) and a bipartisan coalition of Representatives reintroduced H.R. 3000, the Inspire to Serve Act. Sponsored by Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), the Inspire to Serve Act would modernize and strengthen national and public service programs – including the military, AmeriCorps, and Peace Corps – in order to ensure that the United States can recruit and retain a robust contingent of public servants committed to the common good.

March 18, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) helped introduce, H.R. 1997, the TRICARE Fairness for National Guard and Reserve Retirees Act. Co-led with Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH), this bipartisan bill would correct an inconsistency in federal law and lower health care costs for thousands of Minnesota veterans.

February 3, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) announced the introduction of a Congressional Resolution to honor Officer Brian D. Sicknick, a 12-year veteran of the Capitol Police who passed away as a result of injuries sustained defending the United States Capitol against rioters on Jan. 6th. Officer Sicknick was the fourth U.S.

January 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Representatives Dean Phillips, Jason Crow, Jimmy Panetta, and Lauren Underwood announced the introduction of the Health Force, Resilience Force, and Jobs to Fight COVID-19 Act, legislation that would invest billions in the nation’s public health jobs and infrastructure and aid the country’s lagging vaccine distribution campaign.

January 5, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, veterans advocates in Minnesota are praising a measure authored by Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03). The amendment, which became law on January 1, 2021 in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), was inspired by recommendations from Phillips’s Veterans Advisory Council and builds on Minnesota’s best practices to ensure veterans receive high-quality assistance regardless of zip code.

December 11, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY2021, including the bipartisan “Cheryl Lankford Memorial to Improve Assistance for Gold Star Spouses and Other Dependents” amendment by Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03).

July 21, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) joined a bipartisan majority in the House that voted to pass the FY2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the 60th consecutive year.

July 21, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) announced today that his bipartisan plan to support Gold Star Families has been added to the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

April 30, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Reps. Dean Phillips (MN) and Don Young (R-AK) announced the introduction of the Utilizing and Supporting Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers Act to help returned Peace Corps volunteers get back on their feet. Recently announced in the Senate by Sens.

April 28, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and U.S.

April 22, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) announced the introduction of legislation to mobilize Americans to fight against the coronavirus. Introduced in the Senate last week by Senators Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), the Undertaking National Initiatives to Tackle Epidemic (UNITE) Act of 2020 would expand authorization of opportunities within AmeriCorps and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and directs them to prioritize projects that strengthen the response of frontlines workers.

December 26, 2019 Press Release

MIDDLE EAST – Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) returned today from spending his holiday week visiting U.S. troops serving in the CENTCOM Area of Operations in the Middle East. From December 22 – 26, Phillips traveled with a bipartisan Congressional delegation and discussed the fight against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, Iranian aggression, and trade in a series of high-level diplomatic and military visits in Kuwait, Bahrain, and Qatar.

June 7, 2019 Press Release

MINNETONKA, MN – Last Thursday, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) convened more than 50 veterans, service members, military families and advocates for a community conversation on veterans issues. Phillips and four members of his Veterans Advisory Council led a lively and informational discussion about the challenges Minnesota’s military and veteran communities face and the services that are available to support them.

March 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON -- Today, the Problem Solvers Caucus voted to formally endorse the Never Forget the Heroes Act, which will extend the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund and restore full benefits to victims. The Caucus' action, supported by Rep. Dean Phillips, adds more than 40 co-sponsors to the bill as the Caucus pushes to utilize the 290 cosponsor “Consensus Calendar” provision of the House rules to achieve priority consideration on the House floor for the first time.