Reps. Van Taylor, Jimmy Panetta Urge NPRC to Resume Processing Military Personnel Records

233 Members Send Bipartisan Letter Highlighting Dire Need

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Washington, November 23, 2020 | Anna R. McCormacak ((202) 570-0927) | comments
Today, 233 Members of Congress, led by Congressman Van Taylor, sent a letter urging the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) to implement new policies so that they may resume processing military personnel, health, and medical records requests and address the growing backlog of requests due to the closure of the facility amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
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WASHINGTON - Today, 233 Members of Congress sent a letter urging the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) to implement new policies so that they may resume processing military personnel, health, and medical records requests and address the growing backlog of requests due to the closure of the facility amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter also underscores all Agency policy changes should continue to consider the health and safety of NPRC’s workforce.

Led by Congressman Van Taylor (R-TX-03) after hearing from veterans in his district, and Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20), the letter asks NPRC Director Scott Levins “to implement new policies and procedures that can both protect the NPRC’s workforce and ensure our nation’s veterans are getting the records they need and deserve in a timely fashion.” The letter is signed by 233 Members of Congress including Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs David Roe.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, NPRC reduced on site operations on March 23, 2020, only processing “emergency requests” and remains in the current status with no definitive timeline for addressing the backlog or improving processing times. Personnel records are needed for veterans, military, civil service retirees, and their dependents to qualify for a range of benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense.

Author of the letter, Congressman Van Taylor said, "The COVID-19 pandemic has presented significant challenges for every facet of life, however, just as families and businesses across the country have worked to overcome these challenges, our federal agencies must adapt to continue serving the American people.” He continued, “The failure of NPRC to process military personal records has impacted our veterans and their families, who require these records to qualify for a range of benefits. Our Veterans have made countless sacrifices and we owe it to them to process these important requests in a timely manner.”

“In dealing with this pandemic, we've learned that we must adapt, adjust, and continue to go forward. The NPRC must do the same to ensure that our servicemembers receive the proper support they deserve when it comes to obtaining their personnel records,” said Congressman Panetta. “Now more than ever, our federal government needs to work for the people of this nation. We’ll continue to work with the NPRC so that it too continues to serve those who serve our nation.”

“As a veteran, Congressman Van Taylor knows how critical timely access to NPRC records is to the veterans in Texas’s 3rd Congressional District and across the country; he has been a central leader on this issue. I thank Van for highlighting this important problem, and look forward to working with our colleagues in Congress to ensure that the NPRC has the funding and resources needed to modernize their records system and adequately address the backlog while prioritizing staff safety," said Leader McCarthy.

“Thousands of veterans and their families have faced hardships over the last nine months, but getting the benefits they have earned should not be one of them”
said Ranking Member Roe. “It is imperative that the National Personnel Records Center continues to carry out their important work on behalf of the men and women they serve to ensure our heroes receive their records in a timely fashion. I am proud to join my friends and colleagues in advocating for a safe return to normal operations and a plan to address the backlog in requests as soon as possible.”

The complete text of the letter can be viewed here.

Led by Republican Congressman Van Taylor (TX-03) and Democrat Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20), the letter was signed by 233 Members of Congress, 122 Democrats and 111 Republicans, including Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), House Committee on Veterans Affairs Ranking Member David P. Roe (TN-01), Gwen Moore (WI-03), Jim Hagedorn (MN-01), Barbara Lee (CA-09), Andy Kim (NJ-03), Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), Ted Budd (NC-13), Ben McAdams (UT-04), Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Donald S. Beyer Jr. (VA-03), Roger Williams (TX-25), Max Rose (NY-11), Lucy McBath (GA-06), Filemon Vela (TX-34), Susan Wild (PA-07), Darren Soto (FL-09), Mike Thompson (CA-05), Greg Gianforte (MT-AL), Robert E. Latta  (OH-05), Adam Smith (WA-09), Mark E. Green, M.D. (TN-07), James P. McGovern  (MA-02), Kathy Castor (FL-14), Elise M. Stefanik (NY-21), TJ Cox (CA-21), Denver Riggleman (VA-05), Brian Mast (FL-18), Joe Courtney (CT-02), John Garamendi (CA-03), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), Randy K. Weber (TX-14), W. Gregory Steube (FL-17), Mark Pocan (WI-02), Virginia Foxx (NC-05), J. Luis Correa (CA-46), Thomas P. Tiffany (WI-07), Chip Roy (TX-21), Glenn 'GT' Thompson  (PA-15), Jamie Raskin (MD-08), Gregory F. Murphy, M.D. (NC-03), Doug LaMalfa (CA-01), Richard E. Neal  (MA-01), Steve Womack (AR-03), Ann McLane Kuster  (NH-02), Guy Reschenthaler (PA-14), Eric Swalwell  (CA-15), Ralph Norman (SC-05), Mark Walker (NC-06), Jefferson Van Drew (NJ-02), Juan Vargas (CA-51), Debbie Dingell (MI-12), Steven M. Palazzo (MS-04), Pramila Jayapal  (WA-07), Salud O. Carbajal  (CA-24), Adriano Espaillat  (NY-13), Bruce Westerman  (AR-04), Ed Case (HI-01), Cindy Axne (IA-03), Al Lawson (FL-05), Mike Kelly (PA-16), Carolyn B. Maloney  (NY-12), Seth Moulton (MA-06), Wm. Lacy Clay (MO-01), Michael Waltz (FL-06), Trent Kelly (MS-01), Jim Banks (IN-03), Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Sanford D. Bishop Jr.  (GA-02), Tom O’Halleran  (AZ-01), Steve Chabot (OH-01), Collin C. Peterson (MN-07), David B. McKinley, P.E. (WV-01), David P. Joyce  (OH-14), Bonnie Watson Coleman  (NJ-12), Bobby L. Rush (IL-01), Christopher H. Smith  (NJ-04), Darin LaHood (IL-09), Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04), Brian Higgins (NY-26), Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-02), David Rouzer (NC-07), Chrissy Houlahan (PA-06), Rick Crawford (AR-01), Tom Cole (OK-04), Michael T. McCaul (TX-10), Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon (PR-AL), Lance Gooden (TX-05), Tim Ryan (OH-13), Cheri Bustos (IL-17), Stephen F. Lynch (MA-08), Tom Suozzi (NY-03), Tim Burchett (TN-02), Vicente Gonzalez  (TX-15), John Katko (NY-24), Rob Wittman (VA-01), Kelly Armstrong (ND-AL), Bill Posey (FL-08), Dina Titus (NV-01), Paul Cook (CA-08), Julia Brownley (CA-26), Norma J. Torres (CA-35), Marc Veasey (TX-33), Linda T. Sánchez (CA-38), Matt Gaetz (FL-01), Joe Wilson (SC-02), Joseph D. Morelle (NY-25), Dusty Johnson (SD-AL), Rick Larsen (WA-02), Warren Davidson (OH-08), Buddy Carter (GA-01), Jody Hice (GA-10), Peter A. DeFazio (OR-04), Jerry McNerney (CA-09), Tim Walberg (MI-07), Henry Cuellar (TX-28), Sharice L. Davids (KS-03), Pete Stauber (MN-08), Bob Gibbs (OH-07), Haley M. Stevens (MI-11), Scott H. Peters (CA-52), André Carson  (IN-07), French Hill (AR-02), Gerald E. Connolly (VA-11), Bill Johnson (OH-06), Jack Bergman (MI-01), Barry Loudermilk (GA-11), David C. Cicilline (RI-01), Ed Perlmutter (CO-07), Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (TX-26), Donald J. Bacon (NE-02), H. Morgan Griffith (VA-09), Michael Cloud (TX-27), Bill Flores (TX-17), Rashida Tlaib (MI-13), Tom Malinowski (NJ-07), James Comer (KY-01), Mike Johnson (LA-04), Raja Krishnamoorthi  (IL-08), Tom McClintock (CA-04), Adam Kinzinger (IL-), Hank Johnson (GA-04), Will Hurd (TX-23), Rick W. Allen (GA-12), Dean Phillips (MN-03), Val Demings (FL-10), Kathleen M. Rice (NY-04), Dan Crenshaw (TX-02), A. Donald McEachin (VA-04), Ben Cline (VA-22), Chellie Pingree (ME-01), Chris Stewart (UT-02), Chris Pappas (NH-01), Anthony Brindisi (NY-22), Brad Wenstrup (OH-02), Scott Perry (PA-10), Brett Guthrie (KY-02), John Curtis (UT-03), Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), Debbie Lesko (AZ-08), Colin Allred (TX-32), Veronica Escobar (TX-16), Markwayne Mullin (OK-02), Vickie Hartzler (MO-04), Kim Schrier, M.D. (WA-08), Daniel T. Kildee (MI-05), Mike Levin (CA-49), Garrett Graves (LA-06), Tom Rice (SC-07), Michael Guest (MS-03), Abigail D. Spanberger (VA-07), Bryan Steil (WI-01), Jason Crow (CO-06), Conor Lamb (PA-17), Jim Baird (IN-04), Alex X. Mooney (WV-02), Peter Welch (VT-AL), Patrick McHenry (NC-10), Adrian Smith (NE-03), Raúl M. Grijalva  (AZ-03), Anthony G. Brown (MD-04), Tony Cárdenas (CA-29), Mike Bost (IL-12), John Rose (TN-06), Steven Horsford (NV-04), Pete Olson (TX-22), David Trone (MD-06), Ken Buck (CO-04), Neal P. Dunn, M.D. (FL-02), Kurt Schrader (OR-05), John R. Moolenaar (MI-04), Fred Keller (PA-12), Angie Craig (MN-02), Jackie Speier (CA-14), Lloyd Smucker (PA-11), Rosa L. DeLauro (CT-03), Glenn Grothman (WI-06), Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11), Susie Lee (NV-03), Brendan F. Boyle (PA-02), Michael F. Q. San Nicolas (GU-AL), Bill Foster (IL-11), Elaine Luria (VA-02), Elissa Slotkin (MI-08),Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Charlie Crist (FL-13), Jared Golden (ME-02), Nanette Barragán  (CA-44), Andy Harris, M.D.  (MD-01), Josh Harder (CA-10), Dan Bishop (NC-09), Jahana Hayes (CT-05), Jennifer Wexton (VA-10), Lloyd Doggett (TX-35), Antonio Delgado (NY-19), Deb Haaland (NM-01), John B. Larson (CT-01), Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05), Dwight Evans (PA-03), Chris Jacobs (NY-27), Jason Smith (MO-08), Kevin Hern (OK-01), Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Jeff Duncan (SC-03), Lois Frankel (FL-21), Lee Zeldin (NY-01), Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18), Jodey Arrington  (TX-19), Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan  (MP-AL), Bradley Byrne (AL-01), Sean Casten (IL-06),

A 7th generation Texan, Congressman Van Taylor is a dedicated family man, successful businessman, and decorated Marine Officer. Taylor served Collin County both in the Texas House of Representatives and Texas Senate. Today, Taylor is proud to serve on the House Committee on Financial Services.

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