Veterans and Military Service
“America must not shortchange the brave men and women who have served in our armed forces. I am deeply committed to ensuring that our nation’s veterans and their families are cared for in a way that honors their service to our country. Just as the military pledges to leave no soldier behind on the battlefield, I do not intend to leave any veteran behind when they return home.”
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RELATED LEGISLATION AND ACTIONS
Introducing legislation is just one action that a member of Congress can take to address a concern or issue that impacts constituents. House Members can also introduce Congressional resolutions calling on the House (or even the full Congress) as a body to recognize or support a certain event or position on an issue. Members can write letters to government leaders requesting they take certain action, hold hearings with expert panels to address issues, work with colleagues at the committee level on specific issues, or even make direct in-person appeals to other Members or officials in the government. Here are a few examples of how I have taken action on this issue.
Tibor Rubin, a holocaust survivor and Medal of Honor recipient, was a long-time resident of Garden Grove, California who received services from the Long Beach VA Medical Center. Mr. Rubin passed away on December 5, 2015. I introduced legislation to rename the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Long Beach, California, as the Tibor Rubin VA Medical Center in honor of this local hero. The bill passed the House and Senate and was signed into law by President Obama in December of 2016. In 2017, I proudly attended a ceremony with hundreds of veterans and community residents at the hospital to celebrate Tibor and the renaming.
Education for Veterans
As a former college professor, I am a strong supporter of education at all levels. A college education can help our veterans in returning to civilian life when they come home. I believe that access to higher education for our veterans, including student loan programs and educational grants, should be easily attainable and widely promoted.
Health Care and Mental Health Services for Veterans
In order to help our veterans with health care and mental health services, I cosponsored H.R. 1492, which would establish a Commission on America and its Veterans in order to ensure that the healthcare needs of our veterans are met; and H.R. 806, the “Veterans Healthcare Improvement Act,” which would ensure adequate funding for veterans' healthcare programs. In 2016, I cosponsored H.R.4640, the “Veteran Suicide Prevention Act”, which would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to conduct a review of veteran suicide deaths over the past five years.
I remain dedicated to reducing the VA claims backlog and finding work and training opportunities so that veterans can provide for themselves and their families, and be prepared for the jobs of the future. Our nation can never fully repay the debt of gratitude we owe to the courageous men and women who have worn our nation’s uniform, but we can guarantee them the best possible resources they deserve.
I cosponsored H.R.2894, the “Caregivers Access and Responsible Expansion (CARE) for All Veterans Act,” which would both expand the caregiver support program to all service-era veterans and their caregivers as well as diminish the need and cost of more expensive institutional care.
CAUCUSES OR MEMBERSHIPS RELATED TO ISSUE
Veterans Jobs Caucus
Washington, DC Office
125 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-7924
Fax: (202) 225-7926
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Long Beach, CA 90802
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Garden Grove, CA 92840
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