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Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., speaks about his role as the newly designated chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affiairs in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017.

Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., speaks about his role as the newly designated chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affiairs in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. (Carlos Bongioanni/Stars and Stripes)

WASHINGTON — Rep. Phil Roe, a Republican from Tennessee and chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, was diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer, according to a statement issued Tuesday from his office.

The diagnosis came during a routine physical examination. Roe, 72, will receive treatment in Tennessee during the monthlong summer recess in August.

“The prognosis is excellent, and treatment is not expected to interfere with his scheduled legislative duties,” the statement reads.

Under Roe’s leadership the past six months, the House has passed major veterans legislation, including a bill enabling the Department of Veterans Affairs secretary to fire and hire employees, which President Donald Trump signed into law with fanfare in June. On Monday, the House unanimously passed quick-moving legislation that Roe sponsored to expand veterans’ education benefits.

Roe’s three offices, two in Tennessee and one in Washington, D.C., will remain open as usual, according to the statement. His office said it would provide an update after his treatment.

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Nikki Wentling has worked for Stars and Stripes since 2016. She reports from Congress, the White House, the Department of Veterans Affairs and throughout the country about issues affecting veterans, service members and their families. Wentling, a graduate of the University of Kansas, previously worked at the Lawrence Journal-World and Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. The National Coalition of Homeless Veterans awarded Stars and Stripes the Meritorious Service Award in 2020 for Wentling’s reporting on homeless veterans during the coronavirus pandemic. In 2018, she was named by the nonprofit HillVets as one of the 100 most influential people in regard to veterans policymaking.

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