All Americans know that freedom isn't free. Our active military, veterans and their families give more than most and some give their lives to protect America and our way of life. Darren works closely with, and employs, veterans. He appreciates the sacrifices they make for all of us, and respects the sacred obligation our government has to serve those who have served us.
Darren will do everything in his power to make sure our 9th District veterans are cared for with dignity and provided the full benefits they have earned. He is opening a satellite office in Lake Nona at the University of Central Florida Medical School. Located right across the street from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital, this office is specifically geared to serve our active duty military personnel and veterans.
Darren also believes strongly in ensuring that our VA hospitals provide high quality care in a timely fashion. He will support appropriate reforms to expand care and increase world class service. Please contact us if you know of any veteran who needs our help. We are happy to be of service!
In addition, Darren will attend Florida military base inspections and congressional delegation trips to check in with our Florida National Guard troops and other Floridians serving overseas, including in active war zones. It is critical for our troops to have the equipment and supplies they need to defend our country both at home and abroad.
Selected bills in support of veterans co-sponsored by Congressman Soto:
H.R. 328 - INVEST ACT - provide the work opportunity tax credit with respect to the hiring of veterans in the field of renewable energy.
H.R. 333 - Disabled Veterans Tax Termination Act - to permit retired members of the Armed Forces who have a service-connected disability rated less than 50% to receive concurrent payment of both retired pay and veterans’ disability, to extend eligibility for concurrent receipt to chapter 61 disability retirees with less than 20 years of service.
H.R. 334 - Victims of Agent Orange Relief Act of 2017 - to provide assistance for individuals affected by exposure to Agent Orange.
H.R. 488 - Military Spouse Job Continuity Act of 2017 - to allows the spouse of a member of the Armed Forces (military spouse) a tax credit for up to $500 of qualified relicensing costs incurred by the spouse.
H.R. 512 - WINGMAN Act - to permit veterans to grant access to their records in the database of the Veterans Benefits Administration to certain designated congressional employees.
More on Veterans
On the evening of Friday. January 26, 2018, Congressman Soto hosted an event to congratulate the Service Academy Nominees of Florida’s Ninth District. The individuals represent a diverse group that all have their sights set on the various academies including the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
A bill shepherded through the House of Representatives last week by U.S. Rep. Darren Soto to rename a Kissimmee post office for the Puerto Rican “Borinqueneers” U.S. Army regiment now is getting pushed in the U.S. Senate by Florida’s U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson.
Washington, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Conference Report to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018 yesterday, which includes four amendments authored and one co-sponsored by freshman Representative Darren Soto. With a vote of 356-70, H.R. 2810 authorizes close to $700 billion for the Department of Defense and defense-related programs, including additional funding for essential readiness of military troops.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Darren Soto introduced legislation today honoring the 65th Infantry Regiment, known as the Borinqueneers, by designating a United States Postal Service facility in Kissimmee, Florida as the “Borinqueneers Post Office Building”. The bill is co-sponsored by Florida’s entire congressional delegation.
U.S. Representative Darren Soto (FL-09) had his second Military Academy Day.
Rep Soto said, "I heard amazing stories from a young Cadet at West Point and Midshipmen at Annapolis. Reps from Airforce Academy and Coast Guard spoke of their experiences as well. There were so many inspiring young people seeking these appointments. Our community should be proud!"
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Darren Soto (FL-09) passed five amendments to the House National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, H.R. 2810. All five of Soto’s amendments were adopted by voice vote before being passed by a bi-partisan vote of 344 to 81. Soto, a freshman Democrat, was successful in making positive changes to the bill that aim to protect Americans, employ veterans, and save tax payers money.
WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S Representatives Stephanie Murphy (FL-07) and Darren Soto (FL-09) applauded a provision in the 2017 defense appropriations bill that is intended to provide $3 million in new funding for the University of Central Florida’s (UCF) RESTORES Clinic, which uses virtual reality to treat military service members, veterans and first responders with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The funding is in the advanced concepts and simulation budget – now increased from $27.688 million to $30.688 million – within the U.S.