Capitol Hill Staff

These individuals are at the helm of forming the policy and legislation for our Nation. Working on Capitol Hill involves a great deal of responsibility and power needed to address many of the problems and challenges that veterans, and our Nation, face on a day-to-day basis. The influence that these few have in bringing legitimate change to the veteran community is unparalleled, and their ability to understand the issues and facilitate necessary debate and discussion is recognized and appreciated.

Andrea Goldstein, House Veterans Affairs Committee, Women Veterans Task Force

As a Senior Policy Advisor on the Women Veterans Task Force, House Veterans Affairs Committee, Andrea Goldstein works to advance equity in provision of access to resources, benefits, and healthcare for women veterans.  Over the past year, her efforts were instrumental in securing House passage of the Deborah Sampson Act, which will address the inequities and barriers women veterans face when accessing VA care and benefits. Previously, Andrea served as CEO of Service2School, a non-profit she continues to support today.  Andrea is a Pat Tillman Scholar and graduated with an M.A. in Law and Diplomacy as an inductee to the Honos Civicus honor society at the Fletcher School at Tufts University. A reserve Navy officer, she served on active duty from 2009-2016. She has published widely in The New York Times, Task & Purpose, The War Horse, Center for a New American Security, Proceedings, and a number of industry and peer-reviewed publications.



Maria Tripplaar, House Veterans Affairs Committee

Maria Tripplaar serves as the Minority Staff Director for the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. She took a leading role in drafting and enabling Congress to enact improvements for veteran’s disability compensation, pension, and memorial affairs benefits, notably including the Veteran Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017. This landmark legislation modernized and simplified the VA appeals process. In the 115th and 116th Congress, Maria was instrumental to the passing of the Blue Water Navy Veterans Act. This legislation provided disability benefits to thousands of Blue Water Navy Veterans impacted by Agent Orange.  Maria holds a deep appreciation for the significance of these and other veterans’ issues and has long advocated for the veteran’s community, having previously served as an attorney at the National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) and at the U.S. Board of Veterans Appeals.


Pat McGuigan, Senate Veterans Affairs Committee

Pat McGuigan is a pivotal player in veteran’s policy and has distinguished himself by his persistence and efforts to make positive change. He currently serves as the Stenate Veterans Affairs Committee’s lead on oversight of mental health and suicide prevention programs, Readjustment counseling services, toxic exposure, burn pits, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, and national cemeteries, including Arlington National Cemetery. A recently separated Army veteran, Pat transitioned from his role as Legislative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army directly to Committee staff. Pat has served under both parties, supporting Chairman Isakson’s and now Chairman Moran’s efforts to protect and promote veterans wellbeing. During his military service, Pat deploy multiple times, serving in both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He received degrees from Northeastern and The George Washington University.



Rosie Heiss, Office of Senator John Boozman

Rosie has established herself as a pivotal staffer in the United States Senate. Senior Advisor on Defense to Senator Boozman, Rosie has led the way on issues related to the veteran and military community.  In particular, Rosie has led the charge to find ways to innovate and fund non-profits that work to reduce suicide and increase mental health amongst the veteran and military population. Rosie is a veteran of the United States Air Force, who served at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, and has taught at Georgetown University as an Alumni Instructor.



Paul Arcangeli, House Armed Services Committee

Paul Arcangeli has dedicated his life to serving our country, first in the military, and then on the Hill. Paul started his career as a skilled Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) specialist, leaving the Army only when a heart condition temporarily killed him. 

But even death couldn’t stop him. Paul went on to become Director of the DoD’s School for Humanitarian Landmine Clearance, work that saved countless lies around the world, then transitioned to the House Armed Services Committee in 2004. Through his committee work, Paul has shaped our nation’s military, serving as the Democratic Staff Director there for more than 10 years. Paul has led the Armed Services Committee in ensuring our service members have the tools they need to be successful in executing their mission. Paul consistently builds bipartisan consensus and is an ever-present voice supporting our military and servicemembers on the Hill.