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Rep. Ratcliffe encourages constituents to utilize his office’s casework resources, supports enhancing services for veterans

Washington, DC, February 17, 2017

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) supported the passage of legislation this week to enhance services for veterans seeking assistance with compensation claims. The WINGMAN Act (H.R. 512) passed the U.S. House without opposition and was sent to the U.S. Senate.

The WINGMAN Act would boost the ability of caseworkers in Rep. Ratcliffe’s local offices to serve veterans in need throughout Texas’ 4th District. Specifically, it allows caseworkers to access the critical information they need to assist veterans by stripping away bureaucratic roadblocks imposed by the federal government.

“I’ve been very pleased with incredible work my staff has done to serve veterans throughout our communities. With more than 63,000 veterans in Texas’ 4th District, this is no easy task, and I’m glad my colleagues in the U.S. House have joined me in passing legislation to streamline this important job as much as possible.” Ratcliffe said.

Ratcliffe’s staff has recovered $467,063 in lost or frozen VA benefits and addressed 343 cases on behalf of veterans since he’s been in office. Those served included veterans dealing with a wide range of issues including homelessness, cancer and unemployment.

His staff additionally resolved hundreds of other constituent cases relating to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

“I was sent to Washington to serve the people of Texas’ 4th District – and a huge part of that means ensuring their needs are met on a case-by-case basis right here at home,” Ratcliffe said.

“While politically-charged pieces of legislation often dominate national headlines, helping individual constituents bust through the red tape of the federal government is a key service my staff and I take very seriously.”

“It’s no secret that there’s a lot of work to be done to reform our country’s VA system, and I’ve been fighting aggressively to advance those efforts in Washington. In the meantime, we’ve got to step up to the plate and fill in the gaps through the services provided on the local level, and that’s exactly what my staff is committed to doing.”

If you are interested in seeking assistance from one of Ratcliffe’s local offices, please call 972-771-0100 for more information.