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Dennis A. Ross

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  • Ross, Bordallo Applaud Guam Legislature's Passage of Resolution Supporting FOSTER Act
    Posted in Press Releases on April 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans Affairs

    WASHINGTON, D.C., Apr. 27, 2017 – U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, and Rep. Madeleine Bordallo, U.S. Delegate for Guam, made the following statements in response to the Guam Legislature unanimously passing Vice Speaker Therese M. Terlaje’s resolution (No. 25-34 (COR)) expressing support for Ross’ H.R. 809, the Fighting for Orange-Stricken Territories in Eastern Regions (FOSTER) Act, which provides presumptive Agent Orange exposure status to Vietnam War-era veteran... Read more

  • Ross: "We must do all we can to help our veterans who are suffering"
    Posted in Press Releases on April 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans Affairs

    WASHINGTON, D.C., Apr. 5, 2017 – U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, released the following statement in response to the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee’s hearing today on H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, bipartisan legislation that would provide presumptive Agent Orange exposure status to veterans who served in the waters off the coast of Vietnam during the Vietnam War so they may receive Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits for their Ag... Read more

  • Ross Asks VA Secretary to Help Agent Orange-Stricken Veterans
    Posted in Press Releases on March 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans Affairs

    Ross Asks VA Secretary to Help Agent Orange-Stricken Veterans WASHINGTON, D.C., Mar. 3, 2017 – U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, released the following statement after sending a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, asking the VA to help veterans suffering from diseases associated with Agent Orange exposure while stationed in Guam during the Vietnam War: “It is an absolute shame that we have veterans who sacrificed their lives for us but a... Read more

  • Ross Introduces Expanded Agent Orange Bill to Help Veterans
    Posted in Press Releases on February 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans Affairs

    WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 2, 2017 – U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, made the following statement after introducing the Fighting for Orange-Stricken Territories in Eastern Regions (FOSTER) Act, which would provide presumptive Agent Orange exposure status to Vietnam War Era veterans who served in specific areas and show symptoms of medical conditions currently associated with such exposure in order to receive U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits: “Nearly ev... Read more

  • Ross Calls on VA, Armed Services Committees to Help Veterans Suffering from Agent Orange-Related Diseases
    Posted in Press Releases on January 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans Affairs

    WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 9, 2017 – U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, sent letters today to House Veteran Affairs Committee Chairman Phil Roe, the U.S. Air Force and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, all regarding Vietnam veterans being denied Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits for diseases associated with Agent Orange, a toxic herbicide sprayed by the U.S. during the Vietnam War to clear out foliage. The first letter, sent to Chairman Roe, asks for im... Read more

  • Ross Cosponsors Agent Orange Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on January 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans Affairs

    WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 5, 2017 – U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, made the following statement after becoming an original cosponsor of H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, which would provide presumptive Agent Orange exposure status to veterans who served in the waters off the coast of Vietnam and currently suffer from any of the diseases the U.S. government associates with this toxic herbicide: “I am proud to be an original cosponsor of this importan... Read more

  • Ross Speaks at POW/MIA Memorial Dedication, Honors WWII POW
    Posted in Press Releases on September 16, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans Affairs

    LAKELAND, Fla., Sept. 16, 2016 – U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, was the keynote speaker this morning for the POW/MIA Memorial Dedication at Veterans Memorial Park in Lakeland. The ceremony also recognized the late U.S. Army Air Corps Staff Sergeant Foster Eugene Heath, a Lakeland resident who was a World War II prisoner of war. The ceremony today was attended by Ross, family and friends of Staff Sergeant Heath, Lakeland City Commissioner Edie Yates, Rev. Riley P. ... Read more

  • Ross Celebrates MacDill Air Force Base’s 75th Anniversary with Congressional Record Statement
    Posted in Press Releases on April 15, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans Affairs, National Security, Family Values

    WASHINGTON, D.C., April 15, 2016 – U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, submitted a statement for the Congressional Record, celebrating tomorrow as the 75th anniversary of MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. Ross was joined by Rep. Kathy Castor (FL-14), both members of the Tampa Bay delegation, in submitting a statement in support of the base’s profound and historical impact on the area and throughout the U.S. Ross’ Congressional Record statement provided below: “Mr. Speak... Read more

  • Ross Greets Local Veterans Returning from D.C. Flight to Honor
    Posted in Press Releases on April 7, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans Affairs

    LAKELAND, Fla., April 7, 2016 – U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, this evening welcomed home about 70 military veterans from Polk, Hillsborough, Pinellas and Madison counties from their Flight to Honor trip to Washington, D.C. The Flight to Honor Polk Florida program is organized by the Polk County Veterans Council and its chairman, Gary Clark. The program flies veterans of World War II and the Korean and Vietnam Wars to the nation’s capital to visit memorials dedica... Read more

  • Ross Presents Local Korean War Hero with Distinguished Service Cross
    Posted in Press Releases on March 4, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans Affairs, National Security, Family Values, Constitution, Protecting Our Seniors

    LAKELAND, Fla., March 4, 2016 – U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, today presented U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Edward “Grady” Halcomb with the Distinguished Service Cross for his heroic service during the Korean War. The Distinguished Service Cross is the second highest military award that may be given to a member of the U.S. Army for extreme gallantry and risk of life in combat with an armed enemy force. Halcomb is the first living prisoner of war (POW) to receive... Read more