Northwest Florida is home to strategic military installations such as Eglin AFB, Hurlburt Field, and Pensacola NAS. Home to diverse mission sets like Special Operations, Test and Evaluation, and training the next generation of pilots, we owe our freedom to the brave men and women that serve in Florida’s First District. As a member of the Armed Services Committee, Matt has fought for increased funding for the F-35 program to ensure its extraordinary capabilities are protecting our Nation as quickly as possible. He has also worked to enhance readiness by securing $27.4 million to fund Gulf Coast Test Range enhancements that will enable our aviators to train on up-to-date technology as well as continue critical testing of air-to-air missiles, drone targeting, and hypersonic weapons.
In the FY19 National Defense Authorization Act passed by the House of Representatives in May, Matt secured authorization for $31.9 million in further funding for Gulf Coast Test Range Enhancements, $10 million for an Air Traffic Control Tower at NAS Whiting Field, and $60 million for F-35 spares. He will continue to be an advocate for our military to ensure it is ready and able to fight the wars of today and tomorrow.
When it comes to caring for our veterans Matt has worked diligently to improve the quality of care America’s heroes receive. He supported the Choice Act which provided an additional $2.1 billion in mandatory funding for the Veterans Choice Program. This program allows veterans to be seen by a community provider if the VA cannot provide care in a timely manner. Matt has also worked with the VA on reducing missed appointments by using ride share apps, using Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injuries and PTSD, and using Telemedicine options for treating mental health.

More on Veterans

March 24, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) sent a letter to Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Harker asking that the Navy’s budget request include sufficient additional funding to construct a replacement air traffic control tower on Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field’s North Air Field. 


July 28, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) joined Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and the Florida congressional delegation in urging U.S. Air Force Assistant Secretary John Henderson to consider eight Florida locations for the future home of the United States Space Command (SPACECOM).


June 29, 2020 Hot Takes Press Room

In today’s episode of “Hot Takes with Matt Gaetz,” Congressman Gaetz applauded President Trump’s foreign policy approach of placing America first and not entangling the United States in an endless, unfocused forever war.



May 22, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) penned a letter this week in support of the Navy’s Tactical Combat Training System II to Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition, James Geurts.

The full text of the letter is available PDF iconhere and below. 


May 18, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, US Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) issued the following statement after the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation announced the NAS Pensacola shooter was linked to al Qaeda:

March 21, 2020 Press Release


Washington, D.C. — Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) issued the following statement today in response to the Air Force’s announcement that a servicemember from the 24th Special Operations Wing out of Hurlburt Field, Florida, had passed away during a training exercise in Panama City:


February 13, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) today applauded Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett for signing two basing decisions directly impacting military installations in the First Congressional District of Florida, acknowledging that they are best equipped to accommodate a rapidly-developing military mission.


February 10, 2020 In The News

More pension benefits might become available for veterans over the age of 99.

New legislation was introduced by Congressman Matt Gaetz this week.

February 6, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) today introduced legislation to allow centenarian military veterans to qualify for full pension benefits from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs regardless of their net worth. The “Joseph Ainsworth Act” would change the Net Worth Limitation in Section 1522 of Title 38 by creating an age exemption for veterans older than 99 years old.


February 3, 2020 Page

The Veterans History Project was created by the United States Congress to preserve veterans’ first-hand accounts of their time in military service. The project was initiated in an effort to preserve veterans’ unique experiences and document their stories for future generations.