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Reaching out to community as your U.S. congressman

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Washington, October 8, 2017 | comments

One of my most important responsibilities as your Congressman is to be an advocate for you when you encounter problems dealing with a federal agency. That assistance may come in the form of a mediator, a red-tape cutter, or even an expediter. Most often, my staff and I help 10th District residents with Social Security claims, federal disability filings, Internal Revenue Service headaches, veterans’ benefits and immigration requests.

 

So far this year, we’ve handled nearly 1,100 requests for assistance from constituents. Roughly 400 concerned veterans’ issues, including helping vets recoup their well-earned benefits, and another 360 had to do with Medicare or Social Security. I’m proud to have casework specialists who have longstanding relationships with officials at federal agencies who can help sift through the gridlock. I’m also pleased that my office regularly hosts Mobile Office Hours throughout the region to make our services more convenient and accessible to you.

Since coming to office, I’ve made constituent problem-solving a top priority because I’m here to serve you and your family. But casework help isn’t the only avenue through which my team and I can offer assistance. If you need a letter of support, are trying to find out if federal grants are available for your project, or are considering applying to a military service academy, we are here to help.

In Washington, my staff can help you plan an educational visit full of historical monuments and museums, whether you’re coming up as a family, a school group, or are here for work. Since January, we’ve welcomed hundreds of 10th District residents to D.C., facilitated over 300 tours of the U.S. Capitol and helped book almost 140 tours of the White House. We also regularly fly flags over the Capitol building for those of you looking to celebrate a graduation, enlistment in the military, or a retirement, to name a few.

Being a member of Congress is more than just voting. It is about helping you, representing you, and listening to your concerns. No issue is too big or too small. And while I can’t guarantee you a positive outcome, my office will go to bat on your behalf. With that being said, if you need assistance, please contact my district offices at 770-207-1776 or 478-457-0007, and we will do everything possible to find a solution. The bottom line is this: My office stands ready to help you cut through the red tape, navigate the bureaucracy, and work for a favorable outcome.

First featured on Sunday, October 8th in the Walton Tribune

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Help with a Federal Agency

One of the most important things I do as a U.S. Representative is help constituents work through issues with federal agencies. Although I cannot override the decisions made by a federal agency, I can often intervene on a constituent’s behalf to get answers to questions, find solutions, or just cut through the red tape. Below you will find a list of agencies with which I can help you. However, regardless of which agency you need help navigating, you must complete a privacy authorization form to comply with the provisions of the Privacy Act. Please download this printable version of the casework authorization form and then fax or mail to the address listed under the agency from which you are seeking assistance.

Casework Authorization Form