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Newsletter - A Week for Veterans

March 17, 2017
Newsletter

Happy Friday!

The action and pace of Capitol Hill is heating up – even though the temperature in D.C. this week dipped below freezing. In the next weeks and months, the House will consider vital pieces of legislation to keep the promises we made to our constituents, including health care, tax reform, border security, and funding our government. Stay tuned for news on our efforts.

THIS WEEK IN THE HOUSE:

This week, the House of Representatives considered and passed three bills to address the care and attention we give to our nation’s veterans. I was proud to vote “AYE” on all three bills, and anticipate more efforts in Congress to ensure that American veterans are not lacking in the services they deserve.



BIGGS ON THE FLOOR:

Today, I spoke on the House floor to honor the sacrifice and service of our great veterans. Watch here.

My office is honored to host three future events for constituents later this spring. Please see below for details and RSVP if you are able to attend or participate in any of these events.

VETERANS RESOURCE FAIR:

If you are a veteran in my district, it is my pleasure to invite you to my Veterans Resource Fair. At this fair, you will be able to sign up for health care, speak face-to-face with an administrator about issues you may be experiencing with the Department of Veterans Affairs, or file a claim. If you’ve had reason to use your Veterans Choice Card, TriWest Healthcare Alliance will also be in attendance. Furthermore, I’ve invited various non-profit organizations that are focused on assisting our veterans and ensuring that their needs are met. Please find the details of this fair, below:

            Date:              Friday, March 24, 2017
            When:            1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
            Where:           Gilbert Southeast Regional Library
                                    775 North Greenfield Road
                                    Gilbert, Arizona 85234
            RSVP:            (480) 699-8239

Contact our Director of Veteran Services, Lee Huff (Lee.Huff@mail.house.gov) if you have any questions.

2017 U.S. SERVICE ACADEMY CONFERENCE:

As your Congressman, I am pleased to announce the 2017 U.S. Service Academy Conference for Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District.  This event is open to all high school students in the District and is designed to inform them and their families about the educational opportunities available through the U.S. Military Academy (USMA), the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA), the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAF), and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA). Students will also be able to request an application packet at the conference.

The conference will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm in the auditorium of Williams Field High School, which is located at 2076 South Higley Road, Gilbert, Arizona 85259.

Representatives from each U.S. Military Service Academy will be present to answer questions pertaining to their respective academy. Graduates from each academy will also be present to highlight the benefits of attendance.  As I am sure you know, earning a nomination to a service academy is a great privilege and honor. 

If you have any questions about this conference or the admission and nomination process for a military service academy, please do not hesitate to contact our Academy Representative, Janet Bosley, at 480-699-8239 or janet.bosley@mail.house.gov. 

CONGRESSIONAL ART COMPETITION:

The Congressional Art Award is open to all high school students in Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District. Each school within the District is allowed to submit a maximum of 15 matted entries (no frames), and one entry per student. 

Winners of the competition will be announced at the Gilbert Historical Museum on Saturday, May 6th, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The winning piece will be hung in the U.S. Capitol for a year.

All entries must be delivered by teachers or other assigned adults to the Gallery at the Gilbert Historical Museum, 10 South Gilbert Road, Gilbert, Arizona 85296 on Thursday, April 27th, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

More details to follow. If you have questions about this process, please contact Sherry Pierce (sherry.pierce@mail.house.gov).

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As always, I am extremely humbled for the trust that you have bestowed upon me. I am honored to serve you as your Congressman.

Sincerely,

Andy Biggs
Member of Congress