Here to Help

Feb 3, 2014
           Congressman Langevin with Providence Councilwoman Matos

Dear Friends,

In my travels, I often meet Rhode Islanders who are facing hardship. A senior who hasn’t received the Social Security benefits he is owed. A recent college graduate who is struggling to repay her student loan. A veteran who is unaware of the services available, or even where to start. These are honest, hardworking people who are unsure of where to turn for assistance. But they are not alone, and I want to get the word out to the people of the Second District that my office is here to help.

What many of my constituents do not realize is that my staff is not dedicated solely to researching policy or writing legislation. While that is the focus of my Washington, D.C. office, my staff in Rhode Island is willing and eager to assist you with an array of issues involving federal agencies. Emily can help you navigate the immigration process, and handles issues that arise with the IRS. Johanna can help you resolve issues with the Social Security Administration, and is also available to talk to students dealing with federal education agencies. Joe works closely with small businesses, as well as the Federal Emergency Management Agency. And if you need help with veterans’ benefits, unemployment, Medicare or other health care agencies, Nancy is the person to call.

These compassionate, hardworking caseworkers spend countless hours assisting residents of the Second District. I am so proud of the work they do, and am always touched to hear the stories of the lives they have impacted. If you are unsure if my office can be of assistance, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and call. At the very least, we might be able to point you in the right direction.

We look forward to hearing from you! Contact my office at (401) 732-9400 or learn more about the work we do by following me on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Flickr. And if you have not heard, I am now on Instagram!

            Sincerely,

           Rep. Langevin's Signature

Congressman Langevin speaks with a Marine Corps soldier behind him
Getting Results
In December, my office got a phone call from the family of a Rhode Island veteran who had just lost his wife. At an already-difficult time, he couldn’t get confirmation of his eligibility for burial in the Veterans Cemetery. Without confirmation, he could not lay his wife to rest in the place of honor that she deserved. Thankfully, Johanna was able to expedite the paperwork process and resolve the problem in a matter of days, giving that veteran and his family peace of mind.
 
Congressman Langevin with West Point nominee James Manni
Bright Futures Ahead
One of the great privileges and responsibilities of my office is the ability to nominate talented young Rhode Islanders to the U.S. Service Academies. Residents of the Second District between the ages of 17 and 23 are eligible to apply, and applications are due in October each year. If you or someone you know is interested in a career in the military, contact Joe in my office at 401-732-9400 or e-mail academyRI02@mail.house.gov.
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