Veterans

The men and women of the U.S. armed forces stand in harm’s way throughout the world to protect our country. Our veterans have put everything on the line, including their lives, to serve our country. When they leave the service, they deserve the best from us in return.

Often, veterans face challenges in persuading businesses and colleges to recognize the skills they’ve learned in the military. They have spent countless hours learning skills in a classroom and in the field that translate to occupations the private sector, such as an auto mechanic or an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Congressman Armstrong supports efforts to help veterans more easily receive licenses and certifications after their service that matches skills they learn while in service.

Our veterans also deserve timely access to veterans benefits that they have earned, especially healthcare. More work needs to be done to increase access and quality to Veterans Affairs healthcare facilities.

More on Veterans

September 3, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) cosponsored legislation to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to the 13 U.S. military servicemembers who were killed in Afghanistan last week. This bill was introduced by Congresswoman Lisa McClain (R-MI) and is cosponsored by a bipartisan group of 226 lawmakers.

August 19, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) joined Congressmen Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Jason Crow (D-CO) to support the bipartisan Global War on Terrorism Memorial Location Act, which authorizes the establishment of a memorial on the National Mall for service members of the Global War on Terrorism.

July 27, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) joined Congresswoman Cindy Axne (D-IA) to reintroduce legislation that will provide in-demand skills training and employment assistance to members of the National Guard and Reserve who are within 180 days of transitioning into civilian life.

Currently, the U.S. Department of Defense offers access to the SkillBridge program to active duty servicemembers transitioning out of their military service. SkillBridge connects departing servicemembers to in-demand skills training and prospective employers who are ready to hire.

June 15, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) joined Congressman Richard Hudson (R-NC) and 139 Members of the House of Representatives to urge the Department of Justice to withdraw proposed guidance on Stabilizing Braces. In a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Acting Director Marvin Richardson, Congressman Armstrong and the members warn that this guidance will make millions of law-abiding citizens, including disabled veterans, criminals overnight. 

January 23, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) wrote a letter to congressional leadership calling for an immediate investigation after National Guard troops securing the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., were ordered out of the building and to rest in an active parking garage. Find the full letter below.

 

February 3, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Kelly Armstrong announced today that Major General Alan Dohrmann, Adjutant General of the North Dakota National Guard, will be his guest for President Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, February 4.

December 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Kelly Armstrong released the following statement today on the House passage of the Conference Report to the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (S. 1790):

November 19, 2019 Press Release

FARGO, N.D. – Congressman Kelly Armstrong announced today that he has nominated three North Dakotans to the U.S. service academies: Gavin Sunderland of Fargo to the U.S. Air Force Academy; Hunter Baer of Garrison to the U.S. Naval Academy; and Joshua Seibel of Harvey to the U.S. Military Academy.

September 13, 2019 Press Release

FARGO, N.D. – The offices of Rep. Kelly Armstrong and Rep. Collin Peterson are hosting a U.S. Service Academy Night on Monday, September 16, at Fargo North High School.

The event will feature guest speakers from the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and the U.S. Coast Guard, and will provide students with information about the application and appointment process for each academy.

Event Details:

Monday, September 16, 2019
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

July 1, 2019 In The News

One day before the redesignation ceremony at Grand Forks Air Force Base, the U.S. Senate approved the National Defense Authorization Act, which provides an additional $25 million in funding for RQ-4 Global Hawks, integral to operations in North Dakota.