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Fighting for Veterans

Peter strongly believes the cost of any war must includes the cost of supporting and caring for our veterans and their families.

  • Boost funding for the Veterans Administration and its services
  • Expand the groundbreaking Vermont National Guard outreach program
  • Expand small business creation opportunities for veterans
  • Provide tax credits to businesses hiring veterans
  • Increase funding to end veteran homelessness
  • Ensure access to VA services for veterans exposed to burn pits

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January 7, 2019 Press Release

MONTPELIER, Vt. – Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) today presented Mr. Albert Besser of Morrisville with the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of his heroic service as part of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World War II. The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest honor that Congress can award to a civilian.

October 19, 2018 Press Release

Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott and Congressman Peter Welch will represent Vermont at the christening of the USS Vermont on Saturday, October 20 in Groton, Connecticut.

The Virginia-class submarine will commemorate the history between the U.S. Navy and the State of Vermont. It will be the third vessel named after the state in the history of the U.S. Navy.

April 19, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON (THURSDAY, April 19, 2018) – Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), joined by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.), announced a $792,000 grant to bring the medical records system at the Vermont Veterans’ Home in Bennington into the 21st century.  The grant meets a longstanding priority of the Bennington facility and was made possible by new funding for veterans in the bipartisan budget agreement reached by Congress in February.  Leahy, Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, played a leading role in those negotiations.

March 11, 2016 In The News

Jon Skates, former Rutland alderman, is retired from the U.S. Navy, where he served in the submarine service. Now, he’s in a managerial role at Casella Waste Management.

Skates said he was worried his military training wouldn’t transfer into the civilian workforce and he would have difficulty landing a job. 

Now, a proposed bill in Congress would give tax incentives to hire veterans like Skates.

March 10, 2016 Press Release
At the headquarters of a Rutland business committed to hiring veterans, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) today unveiled his bipartisan legislation that would provide a one-time $5,000 tax incentive to businesses who hire veterans serving since September 11, 2001. Welch made the announcement at Casella Waste Management, a veteran-friendly Vermont employer. Six percent of Casella's work force are veterans.
June 5, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Peter Welch made the following statement after Senators Sanders and McCain announced a bipartisan agreement for reforms at the Department of Veterans Affairs...
November 4, 2013 In The News

Valley News

U.S. Rep. Peter Welch said on Sunday that he was “outraged” by last week’s revelation that the National Security Agency had secretly collected information from data centers operated by Google and Yahoo.

“This is a rogue organization,” Welch, D-Vt., said of the NSA while standing in the lobby of the White River Junction VA. “It’s long overdue for review.”

November 4, 2013 In The News

Valley News

U.S. Rep. Peter Welch said on Sunday that he was “outraged” by last week’s revelation that the National Security Agency had secretly collected information from data centers operated by Google and Yahoo.

“This is a rogue organization,” Welch, D-Vt., said of the NSA while standing in the lobby of the White River Junction VA. “It’s long overdue for review.”

July 22, 2013 Press Release
Rep. Peter Welch announced bipartisan legislation that requires the DOD and VA to better coordinate the transfer of soldiers' medical records as they transition from active-duty to veterans status.