This week, the House Republican Steering Committee for the 116th Congress selected Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) to serve on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.  The Committee has jurisdiction over the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and is responsible for overseeing the operations of the VA and recommending legislation to better provide for veterans’ benefits.  Congressman Barr will also remain a member of the House Committee on Financial Services, on which he has served since 2013.

“I am extremely honored to be selected to serve on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and advance policies that better protect and serve our nation’s veterans,” said Congressman Barr.  “Since I was first elected, I have been proud to advocate on behalf of Kentucky’s veterans and use the advice and input from my Sixth District Veterans Coalition to educate my decision making.  After securing several successful legislative wins last Congress, including the renaming of the two Lexington VA Medical Centers, the VA MISSION Act, and the Military SAVE Act, I look forward to the opportunity to further support and develop veteran services in my role on the Committee.  I remain humbled to represent the brave men and women who selflessly fought on behalf of our country to secure our freedoms.”

Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Brigadier General (Ret.) Benjamin Adams said, “Congressman Barr is absolutely the right person for the job.  He has been a strong voice for veterans for several years. His selection for the Veterans Affairs’ Committee is a testament to his commitment to ensure all veterans receive what support they need and protects their benefits for the future.”

Major General Donald C. Storm (Ret.) said, “Congressman Andy Barr’s appointment to serve as a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs is a true blessing for not only Kentucky’s veterans, but for veterans and their families throughout the country.  Congressman Barr has worked diligently to develop a support staff, second to none, in executing actions conducive to timely response and effective action.  I am so thankful for his efforts and willingness to serve those that have served, those serving, and those preparing to serve. God Bless.”

General (Ret.) John G. Coburn said, “I can think of no one better qualified than Congressman Andy Barr to receive his assignment on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.  Kentucky has always provided more than its fair share of service members throughout the world, wherever they are needed.  I am sure Congressman Barr will be an advocate for not only veterans from the state of Kentucky, but for veterans all across the United States.”

Shortly after taking office, Congressman Barr established the Sixth District Veterans Coalition to give veterans the opportunity to offer advice and input on their needs, including ideas for legislation, and to serve as a proactive partnership that works to address veterans’ issues on both the local and national level.