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MENTAL HEALTH: For resources regarding veteran suicide, visit mentalhealth.va.gov/suicide_prevention or dial the Veteran Crisis Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 (press 1).
 
Overview
North Carolina is fortunate to be called home by thousands of veterans. As Fort Bragg's Congressman and representative of the nation's fastest growing veteran population in Fayetteville, I’m committed to getting our veterans the care they deserve. Caring for these heroes and their families is of the utmost importance, and I will continue to fight for those who have given so much for this nation. They made a promise to defend our country from enemies, and we must ensure that we keep every promise made to them for their service. I truly consider this my most sacred honor as your voice in Congress.
 
CAREGIVERS: The Department of Veterans Affairs Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers has been expanded to to veterans injured before 9/11. Information about the Caregiver program can be found at caregiver.va.gov.
 
This expansion is a great step forward, however the rest of the recently finalized rule falls short of correcting additional issues within the Caregiver program. I have introduced the bipartisan Care for the Veteran Caregiver Act to further improve this program based on concerns I've heard directly from veterans and families in our community. Find more information about this bill here.
 

 

Willingness to serve in the future is directly related to the treatment and quality of care that veterans receive today. As a new generation of veterans return from over a decade of war, it should be this nation’s top priority to ensure that they have access to top-notch facilities and care. In many cases, this means restructuring the existing facilities and practices to focus on the medical issues that veterans face today. Today’s veterans often face bureaucratic obstacles at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that hamper their access to care instead of expediting it. 
 
I have been determined during my time in Congress to break this bureaucracy and ensure veterans have access to timely and quality care, and I will continue working until we reach that goal. I introduced the bipartisan Care Veterans Deserve Act to expand access to care while enhancing choice, flexibility and quality in veterans' health care.

As long as I am your elected Representative, I will work tirelessly to ensure every veteran’s need is met both in casework and in legislation pending before Congress. In the 115th Congress, I worked to make sure we provided the highest funding level in history for the VA while also strengthening oversight and holding bureaucrats responsible. And we passed critical measures to address the tragedy of veteran suicide and improve mental health services. In the 116th Congress, I secured provisions to expand access to VA health benefits for veterans exposed to toxic burn pits.
 
Further, I helped get the largest expansion of GI Bill benefits in a decade signed into law. All of this is progress, but there is still so much more work to do to fulfill our promise to our nation’s heroes. I give you my commitment that I’ll do just that each and every day I have the privilege of being your voice in Congress.
 
 

More on Veterans

February 17, 2021 Press Release
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Nearly seventy-six years after his service in World War II, veteran Ormand Strickland was presented with the Bronze Star today by U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08). During a ceremony at Fayetteville Fire Department #14, Rep. Hudson thanked Strickland for his service as he presented him with the award, which Rep. Hudson worked to secure over the past year.
 
November 15, 2020 eNewsletter
Last week we celebrated one of the most important days of the year – Veterans Day.
October 1, 2020 Press Release
U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), Fort Bragg's Congressman and sponsor of the Care for the Veteran Caregiver Act, is urging passage of his legislation as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers is expanding eligibility to include veterans injured before 9/11.
July 31, 2020 Press Release
U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), Fort Bragg's Congressman and sponsor of the Care for the Veteran Caregiver Act, is calling for passage of his legislation as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has published a final regulation for its Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers. On a virtual town hall yesterday with Rep. Kathleen Rice (NY-04), co-sponsor of the bill, as well as numerous veteran and caregiver stakeholders, Rep. Hudson called on the House Veterans Affairs Committee to advance the bipartisan legislation as soon as possible.
July 26, 2020 eNewsletter
As Fort Bragg's Congressman, it's an honor to represent so many active-duty soldiers, their families and our veterans. We owe a debt to everyone who has served in our nation’s military, as well as their families, for the sacrifices they have made to protect our country. We also owe it to them to make sure they have all the available tools and resources they deserve.
July 20, 2020 Press Release
U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), Fort Bragg's Congressman and a voice for veterans, has secured several key provisions for active-duty servicemembers, military families and veterans in the FY 21 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
July 6, 2020 Press Release
U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), along with Rep. Raul Ruiz (CA-36), are leading the bipartisan effort to call on VA Secretary Robert Wilkie to expand the Department of Veterans Affairs Open Burn Pit Registry to include veterans who have served in Syria.
March 18, 2020 Press Release
U.S. Congressman Richard Hudson (NC-08) was joined by Reps. George Holding, Ted Budd, David Rouzer, Patrick McHenry and Greg Murphy in sending a letter to President Trump's budget director requesting more funds for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Department of Denfense to address an influx of patients due to coronavirus.
March 17, 2020 Press Release
U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) released the following statement after President Donald Trump announced today that he has directed the U.S. Army to award the Presidential Unit Citation to the 30th Infantry Division for its service in World War II. Made up in part by soldiers from the North Carolina National Guard, Rep. Hudson has advocated for this designation for the 30th Infantry Division since entering office.
February 13, 2020 Press Release
U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), Fort Bragg's Congressman and a voice for North Carolina veterans, hosted a press conference today at the U.S. Capitol Building to discuss the Care for the Veteran Caregiver Act (H.R. 5701), bipartisan legislation he introduced with Rep. Kathleen Rice (NY-04) on Jan. 30. The Caregiver Act will further modernize the VA's Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers so that veterans and their families can better access the Caregiver program.