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Congressman Al Lawson

Representing the 5th District of Florida

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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.

June 9, 2018 In The News

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WCTV) -- Late Thursday, the United States Congress approved legislation to rename the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Center in Tallahassee in honor of Marine Corps Sgt. Enrest "Boots" Thomas.

The center is located at 2181 Orange Avenue.

The legislation was introduced by Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Representative Al Lawson (D-FL) and was approved unanimously by the U.S. House of Representatives.

The bill now heads to the president's desk to be signed into law. It gained Senate approval in February.

June 8, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congress approved legislation late Thursday to rename the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs Health Care Center located at 2181 Orange Avenue in Tallahassee, Florida in honor of Marine Corps Sgt. Ernest “Boots” Thomas.

The legislation – introduced by U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Rep. Al Lawson (D-FL) – was approved unanimously by the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday. The bill, which the Senate approved back in February, now heads to the president’s desk to be signed into law.

June 8, 2018 In The News

 Late Thursday, the United States Congress approved legislation to rename the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Center in Tallahassee in honor of Marine Corps Sgt. Enrest "Boots" Thomas. The center is located at 2181 Orange Avenue.

The legislation was introduced by Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Representative Al Lawson (D-FL) and was approved unanimously by the U.S. House of Representatives.

The bill now heads to the president's desk to be signed into law. It gained Senate approval in February.

May 21, 2018 Press Release

 

WASHINGTON D.C. – Christian Cochran will serve as the Wounded Warrior fellow for Rep. Al Lawson’s district office in Jacksonville. Cochran, who served in the United States Army Reserve, will assist with casework and provide support for the district’s veterans, active service members and their families.

“As a veteran, Christian has first-hand knowledge of the needs of our servicemen and women,” Rep. Lawson said. “His extensive military experience will prove to be a strong asset to our staff. I look forward to working with him during this fellowship.”

March 16, 2018 Press Release

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) released the following statement regarding the deaths of Master Sergeant William R. Posch, Staff Sergeant Carl Enis and the five other U.S. Air Force crew members who died in a helicopter crash in Iraq: 

November 30, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., who sits on the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, paired up this week with an Illinois Republican on a proposal to help more veterans transition into farming and ranching.

Lawson and U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill., who sits on both the House Agriculture and Veterans Affairs Committees, introduced the “Veterans Agricultural Apprenticeship Act” on Thursday.