Washington, D.C. – On Friday, Congressman Tom MacArthur was named “New Jersey’s Legislator of the Year” at the Annual NJ VFW Convention in Wildwood. 

“I’m thankful to New Jersey’s VFW for presenting me with the Legislator of the Year Award,” said Congressman MacArthur “As the son of a Korean War veteran and Representative of more than 50,000 veterans, I am inspired to do all that I can for our nation's veterans and know that my father would be proud to see me receive this award. As a nation, we have the moral obligation to help our veterans and provide them with quality care when they return home.  Serving them has been and will continue to be a top priority of mine in Congress.” 

“Since he was elected in 2014, Congressman Tom MacArthur has been a tireless advocate for veterans,” said Bill Thomson, Legislative Director for the New Jersey VFW. “He has worked diligently to strengthen and secure Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and his office is very much involved in supporting veterans in a very meaningful way. There has never been a request we have made that Congressman MacArthur has not delivered on. Congressman MacArthur is a leader who consistently delivers for veterans and we are proud to name him the 2017 Department of New Jersey Veterans of Foreign Wars Legislator of the Year.”

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This week, Congressman Tom MacArthur appealed to the House Budget Committee to fully fund the Individual Unemployability Program for veterans, which provides replacement income and retirement benefits to those with service-related disabilities, who cannot work.  He also voted for The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017. This legislation gives the VA Secretary the ability to fire a bad employee by creating a new streamlined and efficient process to remove, demote or suspend any VA employee for poor performance or misconduct. 

During the last Congress, Congressman MacArthur sponsored the Veterans' Mental Health Care Access Act, and cosponsored the Hire More Heroes Act and the No Veterans Crisis Line Call Should Go Unanswered Act.

He also secured a provision in the 2016 Defense Bill requiring the Department of Defense and the VA to work together on improving veterans’ employment opportunities by establishing a subcommittee on Transition Assistance at the DoD-VA Joint Executive Committee.