More on Veterans

November 23, 2020 Press Release

JANESVILLE, WISCONSIN—Since the COVID-19 outbreak began in the Wisconsin Veterans Home at Union Grove, Congressman Bryan Steil has sought answers from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In August, Steil called on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to conduct an investigation into the outbreak. Steil received a response from Secretary Robert Wilkie last week.

November 23, 2020 Press Release

JANESVILLE, WISCONSIN— Today, Congressman Bryan Steil called on the Director of the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) to address the backlog of services requested by veterans. The NPRC provides veterans with documentation on service history, medical history, and other information that can be required to obtain VA benefits. Steil has assisted numerous veterans in Southeast Wisconsin with this issue throughout the coronavirus pandemic, however, NPRC has yet to provide Steil or Congress with a timeline or plan on how it intends to address the growing backlog.

November 10, 2020 Press Release

FRANKLIN, WISCONSIN—As we approach Veterans Day, today Congressman Bryan Steil announced Mr. Steven Perrigo, United States Army Sergeant (Ret.) from Franklin, as Wisconsin’s First Congressional District’s 2020 Veteran of the Year recipient.

October 16, 2020 Press Release

JANESVILLE, WISCONSIN—Congressman Bryan Steil joined Congresswoman Susie Lee (D-NV), Congressman Jim Banks (R-IN), and Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM) to introduce the VA Telehealth Expansion Act.

September 4, 2020 Press Release

UNION GROVE, WISCONSIN—Bryan Steil urged U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to investigate the coronavirus outbreak at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at Union Grove. The Union Grove facility reported 20 veterans and 20 staff members contracted coronavirus, and three residents have died.

August 21, 2020 Press Release

JANESVILLE, WISCONSIN—Today, Bryan Steil joined the Rock County Veterans Service Officer John Solis, members from the Veterans Administration Hospital, and Janesville VA clinic staff for the grand opening of the VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Janesville. Steil also received a tour of the new facility.

February 7, 2020 In The News

Rep. Bryan Steil, R-1st District, has introduced a bill that would increase federal spending on veterans cemeteries.

Steil co-introduced HR 5487, the Veterans Cemetery Grants Improvement Act, with Rep. Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan of the Northern Mariana Islands and member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, according to a Steil news release.

Sablan is an independent who caucuses with the Democrats.

February 4, 2020 In The News

MILWAUKEE -- Cemeteries for our veterans could be getting more funding. A new bill introduced by Congressman Bryan Steil on Monday, Feb. 3 could double the amount of grant money dished out by the federal government each year.

Right now, there is a budget of $5 million to assist every veteran cemetery in the country with upkeep projects. It is clearly not enough. But the bill being proposed hopes to address that issue.

You would never know from looking at the snow-covered Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove that it is a busy place.

February 4, 2020 In The News

WISCONSIN (CBS 58) -- A bipartisan bill in Washington could help improve the condition of state-run veteran cemeteries. 

Congressman Bryan Steil introduced the Veterans Cemetery Grants Improvement Act in December. 

Flanked by veterans, the Janesville republican outlined specifics of the bill at a press conference in Union Grove Monday, Feb. 3.

He says the legislation would double the amount of federal grants available to state-run veteran cemeteries.

February 4, 2020 In The News

More than 16,000 veterans and their family members have been laid to rest at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in the town of Dover since it was established in 1998.

With approximately 1,000 more interments per year, it is considered the fifth busiest state cemetery in the U.S.

With veterans from the Vietnam War and other 20th century conflicts aging, Congress is keeping an eye and working on making sure these state-run veterans cemeteries can continue to be sustainable.