Freshman U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., whose name has garnered buzz as a contender to lead the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, has been named to the U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee.

Mast made the announcement of his new assignment on Wednesday. At the start of the year, Mast, who served in the Army and who was wounded when serving in Afghanistan in 2010 which resulted in the amputation of both his legs, became the first member of Congress to open an office in a VA facility when he set up shop in the West Palm Beach VA. Since then, he has been joined by three Democrats who represent the area –Congresswoman Lois Frankel and Congressmen Ted Deutch and Alcee Hastings — as they all take turns in the office meeting with constituents and helping veterans.