Congressman Thomas J. Rooney

Representing the 17th District of Florida

Veterans Services

standing with veterans

As an Army veteran and a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs, Congressman Rooney is dedicated to ensuring our service members and veterans receive the benefits they have earned and deserve.

Congressman Rooney has been a tireless advocate bringing awareness to the growing number of troops and veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, depression, and other invisible wounds. He has worked to improve mental health services, increase funding for treatment, and expand access to licensed mental health professionals for TRICARE beneficiaries. He has stood firm against increases in TRICARE fees for veterans and military families, and has worked across the aisle to combat veteran homelessness.

One of Congressman Rooney’s top priorities for improving services for America’s veterans reducing the disability claims backlog at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Despite more than four years of promises from the Obama Administration to eliminate the backlog, the situation has only grown worse. The number of unprocessed claims will soon reach one million, and nearly all claims are still processed on paper, rather than online. Congressman Rooney firmly believes this is unacceptable. He helped lead a bipartisan group of veterans in Congress in writing a letter to President Obama urging him to take immediate action to reduce the backlog and improve VA services.

Congressman Rooney firmly believes we have a moral obligation to care for those who served. He will continue holding the VA accountable for providing the very best services possible for our returning war fighters, their families and veterans.

If you are a veteran and you need assistance with you benefits, please contact our office or visit some of the links below.

Helpful links for Veterans and Families

Veterans' facilities in and around the 17th district

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