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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.
 
 

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August 2, 2021 eNewsletter

Friends,

If debt and spending were Olympic sports, Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi would easily take home the gold medal.

Now after a year of unprecedented and reckless spending, there is no relief in sight for hard-working taxpayers.

July 26, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), Fort Bragg's Congressman, praised passage of two bills in the U.S. House of Representatives today to honor military service members and families. H.R. 1664, the National Medal of Honor Monument Act of 2021, passed by a vote of 416-0. The bill, which Rep. Hudson co-sponsored, establishes a monument on federal land in Washington, D.C. honoring Medal of Honor recipients.

July 22, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) released the following statement on H.R. 3985, the Averting Loss of Life and Injury by Expediting SIVs (ALLIES) Act of 2021, that passed today in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill, which Rep. Hudson co-sponsored, protects our Afghan partners and expedites the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) process as the U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan.

June 14, 2021 In The News

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – ​After a year and a half of delays and stalling, the Pentagon is finally ready to start processing millions of dollars in military medical malpractice claims, perhaps by the end of the month, FOX 46 has learned.

“I’m still at a loss for words,” said Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Richard Stayskal. “But it’s a great feeling.”

It is a win for victims and their ​families who, up until now, have not had any recourse or measure of justice when it comes to botched and negligent medical care by military doctors. 

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 25, 2020 In The News

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE)– Bipartisan anger on Capitol Hill continues to grow as military families, whose loved ones were injured or killed due to medical malpractice, are left in limbo.

In a letter to Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller, Fort Bragg Congressman Richard Hudson (R-Concord) calls the Defense Department’s delay in processing medical malpractice claims “unacceptable.”

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.