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Congressman Al Lawson

Representing the 5th District of Florida


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May 21, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, House of Representatives passed H.R. 2326, the Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer William "Bill" Mulder (Ret.) Transition Improvement Act, which improves resources for members of the Armed Forces to transition from warfighter to civilian. Included in this package is Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) and Rep. John Rutherford’s (FL-04) Veterans Armed for Success Act, which was reintroduced in March.

March 12, 2019 In The News

Two North Florida congressmen--Republican U.S. Rep. John Rutherford and Democrat U.S. Rep. Al Lawson--brought back a proposal to help veterans transition out of the service and into the civilian sector. 

Back in October 2017, Rutherford and Lawson unveiled a bill creating a grant matching program for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to support organizations that help veterans enter the private sector through job training programs and other training to help them enter the civilian workforce. While the bill cleared the House, it failed to pass the Senate. 

March 11, 2019 Press Release

 WASHINGTON DC — U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) introduced H.Res.213, designating March 10- March 16, 2019 as National Women Veterans Recognition Week. This week-long observance celebrates the achievements of our female veterans and raises awareness to the unique challenges they face.

January 22, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON DC – U.S. Representatives Al Lawson (D-FL) and Mike Bost (R-IL) introduced bipartisan legislation to make more United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) apprenticeships available to veterans. The Veterans’ Agricultural Apprenticeship Act instructs the USDA to work with state departments of agriculture to identify farmers and ranchers eligible for a direct loan to train apprentice veterans.  The loan would, in turn, be paid back to the USDA after the harvest season.

November 11, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Al Lawson (FL-05) released the following statement in commemoration of Veterans Day: 

September 22, 2018 Press Release

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) welcomed more than 50 students and their parents to the 2018 Military Academy Day in Tallahassee on Saturday, September 22.

The event was open to middle and high school students interested in learning more about the nation’s service academies, which include U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. There were also representatives from Florida A&M University’s ROTC programs in attendance who discussed local options with the students.

September 14, 2018 Press Release

JACKSONVILLE, FLA – U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) will host a Military Academy Day on Friday, September 21 from 5:30 p.m.- 8 p.m. in Jacksonville. Recruiters and current cadets from the United States Naval Academy, the United States Air Force Academy, the United States Coast Guard Academy and the United States Merchant Marines Academy, as well as the Marion Military Institute, will be in attendance to discuss the application and admissions process. Rep. Lawson’s staff will also be on hand to answer questions about the nomination process.

August 8, 2018 In The News

A clinic for veterans in Tallahassee is now named after a World War II veteran from Jefferson County.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Health Care Center in Tallahassee was renamed in honor of Marine Corps Sergeant Ernest "Boots" Thomas.

"Boots" joined the Marines six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

He grew up in Jefferson County.

A Monticello native decided to document his life through a book she wrote, "Call Me No Hero."

R.A. Sheats worked with Boots' best friend to put it together.

July 24, 2018 Press Release

This week, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5649, the Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer William "Bill" Mulder (Ret.) Transition Improvement Act, which makes many improvements to the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) that helps members of the Armed Forces transition back to civilian life. Included in this package is Rep. Al Lawson’s Veterans Armed for Success Act, which was introduced in October along with fellow Florida Congressman John Rutherford (FL-04).

July 4, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) has introduced H.R. 6285, the VETS Act, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a veteran’s hospital in Jacksonville, Fla. The legislation would provide vital care and resources to the North Florida veteran community.