Congressman Bob Gibbs

Representing the 7th District of Ohio

Veterans

One of the greatest responsibilities this country has is to ensure our members of the military are cared for while on active duty but also during their retirement.  Our military retirees gave a career of service to their country, risked their lives in combat and separation from their families.  Because of their great sacrifice for our country, we should not go back on our promises for their honorable service nor balance fiscal irresponsibility on their backs. As your Member of Congress I will always work to make certain our veterans receive the greatest possible care.

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April 5, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - This afternoon, the House of Representatives passed legislation extending the Veterans Choice Program. This program gives veterans who live too far away from a Veterans Affairs facility or who cannot schedule an appointment within 30 days, the ability to receive medical care in their community.

After passage, Congressman Gibbs released the following statement:

December 22, 2015 Columns

Last month when terrorists attacked the streets and soccer stadiums of Paris, ISIS sent a clear message: They can strike in the West, far from the battlefields of Syria and Iraq.  Their reach has increased, moving out from the Middle East and crossing the borders of Europe.  The attack in France has once again shaken our allies.  The French President, Francois Hollande, promised a swift and “pitiless” response.  Within 48 hours French aircraft struck targets in the city of Raqqa.  Yet the Obama Administration continues to insist its strategy to deal with ISIS is working, that ISIS is contai

July 29, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – On Wednesday evening, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1994, the VA Accountability Act, which provides the Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs more flexibility in holding employees accountable for poor performance or misconduct and provide protections for whistleblowers.

Following passage, Congressman Bob Gibbs released the following statement:

July 13, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Bob Gibbs applauds his colleagues on the passage of a series of bills focused on helping small businesses and veterans.  On Monday evening, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2499, the Veterans Entrepreneurship Act, which directs the Small Business Administration (SBA) to eliminate the fees made to loan applications from veterans.

May 30, 2014 Press Release
First, I would like to thank Secretary Shinseki for his 38 years of military service to our country. Although, his resignation is the first step in fixing the VA, accountability remains at the forefront.
May 2, 2014 Press Release
“As of April 1st, there are 14,505 claims pending and 8,094 are considered backlogged in Ohio. When our veterans have to wait years for the benefits they have earned or are even denied the medical care they need, we fail our veterans and our country."
May 1, 2014 Columns
As each week passes we are learning more about the inexcusable backlog within the Veterans Affairs agency. We must reduce the VA backlog and hold those within the Department of Veterans Affairs accountable for their actions. This week my colleagues and I passed the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2015. This bill will help to boost essential Veterans programs and fulfill our moral and legal obligation to them.
May 30, 2013 Columns
In light of Memorial Day, I would like to take this opportunity to shed light on a very serious problem we are presently having in Ohio and throughout the country regarding the amount of time our veterans are forced to wait to receive the medical benefits they need. It has come to my attention that many veterans are waiting over a year for their disability claims to be processed by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and that is inexcusable.
May 8, 2013 Press Release
Today, Congressman Bob Gibbs called attention to three Ohio veterans, all of whom have been waiting for an inexcusable amount of time for a decision on their disability claims from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
June 6, 2012 Press Release
Congressman Bob Gibbs released the following statement following his vote against a failed amendment in the FY 2013 Energy and Water Appropriations bill (H.R. 5325) that would have eliminate funding for the Appalachian Regional Commission in 2013: