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  • Upton Presents Combat Infantryman Badge to Niles Veteran
    Posted in Press Releases on January 21, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans Affairs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    ST. JOSEPH, Mich. – U.S. Representative Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) today presented U.S. Army veteran Steven Gordon of Niles with the Combat Infantryman Badge in honor of his service in the Vietnam War. Gordon served with the Company B, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968. The CIB is awarded to infantrymen who fought in active ground combat and performed duties while under fire, according to the Department of Defense. The CIB was created in 194... Read more

  • Upton announces he will co-sponsor LEGION Act
    Posted in Press Releases on June 28, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans Affairs

    KALAMAZOO, MI – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today announced during remarks at the Michigan American Legion Convention in Kalamazoo that he will co-sponsor H.R. 1641, the LEGION Act, in the U.S. House of Representatives. The American Legion’s membership periods are congressionally chartered, and the organization is prevented from expanding membership eligibility without an act of Congress. The LEGION Act would expand membership eligibility to honorably discharged veterans who have served ... Read more

  • Upton issues statement after President Trump signs Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act
    Posted in Press Releases on June 26, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans Affairs

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today issued the following statement after President Donald Trump signed legislation that Upton co-sponsored, H.R. 299, The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, into law. “Veterans votes are the easiest votes I cast – they are always ‘yes.’ Taking care of our veterans is one of our most important responsibilities, and I am proud to see this important legislation signed into law,” Upton said. “It will extend the presumption of exposure to Ag... Read more

  • Upton: Today’s a new chapter for our veterans
    Posted in Press Releases on June 6, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans Affairs

    PORTAGE, Mich. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI, St. Joseph), Mike Wilson, MVAA Regional Coordinator and retired Command Sergeant Major (VCAT), Tim Loney, Deputy Director of MVAA, and Ketan Shah, Chief of Staff of the VA Battle Creek Medical Center, hosted a press conference to announce that the VA Mission Act goes into effect today, providing veterans more choices to timely, high-quality care. The VA Mission Act’s new Veterans Community Care Program replaces the Veterans Choice Program. The VCCP pr... Read more

  • Upton, Kildee Call on EPA to Strengthen Drinking Water Protections for Dangerous PFAS Chemicals
    Posted in Press Releases on July 17, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Veterans Affairs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, and U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint, today sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler pushing the agency to strengthen drinking water safeguards for per- and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals (PFAS). The bipartisan call from lawmakers comes after the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry released a report showing PFAS chemicals, increasingly being found in drinking water across the nation, are more dang... Read more

  • ICYMI: Defense Act keeps us safe, promotes Michigan priorities
    Posted in Op-Eds on May 28, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Veterans Affairs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    ICYMI: Defense Act keeps us safe, promotes Michigan priorities By U.S. Rep. Fred Upton and U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga May 28, 2018 Holland Sentinel America’s military is facing grave challenges on multiple fronts. From the re-emergence of competitors like Russia and China, the nuclear ambitions of North Korea and Iran, the imperative to keep the pressure on terrorist organizations like ISIS and al Qaeda, and more. Clearly, zero mistakes can be made and our military must have the tools they need to ... Read more

  • Upton, House Advance Critical Defense Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on May 24, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Veterans Affairs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in voting to advance the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by a bipartisan 351 to 66 vote. The NDAA is the primary way Congress meets its most important constitutional obligation: To “provide for the common defense” of our country. Upton also released the following statement: “Our military faces grave challenges on multiple fronts. This is why it is so important we suppor... Read more

  • Upton, House Advance Timely VA Reforms
    Posted in Press Releases on May 17, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Veterans Affairs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, last night joined his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in voting to advance the VA MISSION Act of 2018. This bipartisan legislation will strengthen and improve the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system for the approximately nine million veteran patients who utilize the system. The legislation passed by a 347 to 70 vote. “This bipartisan bill contains major reforms that will help our veterans in Southwest Michigan and across the ... Read more

  • WNDU: Upton surprises WWII veteran with service medals
    Posted in Fred in the News on October 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans Affairs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    ICYMI: Congressman surprises WWII veteran with service medals NILES, Mich. (WNDU) - A local WWII veteran lost his home in a fire decades ago. But not only did he lose his home, but the medals he earned while serving. But today, he was in for a surprise. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE VIA WNDU. 94-year-old Chester Dash, Sr., served in World War II as a rifleman. Shortly after returning home, he lost several of his war medals in a house fire. Today at his humble abode, he received several gifts from congres... Read more

  • Upton Applauds Passage of Veteran College Aid Expansion Program
    Posted in Press Releases on July 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, Veterans Affairs

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in voting to advance H.R. 3218, the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2017. The legislation was passed by a bipartisan vote of 405 to 0. “This is a transformational expansion of GI Bill benefits granted to veterans, their surviving spouses, and dependents,” said Upton. “Since 1944 the GI Bill has provided our veterans the opportunity to invest in their futures through access t... Read more

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