As the highest ranking woman on the Armed Services Committee, a member of the Congressional Military Families Caucus, and a member of the Women in the Military Caucus, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez works hard to ensure Congress keeps its promise to America’s veterans. She firmly believes that we have an obligation to support our service members on and off the battlefield. It is our responsibility to provide soldiers and their families with the services and benefits they need to facilitate a full transition from active duty to normal civilian life.
Congresswoman Sanchez remains a strong advocate for veteran’s affairs. She continuously sponsors and cosponsors legislation to promote veteran’s education, support veteran’s transition into civilian employment, secure veteran pensions, expand access veterinary medicine loan repayment and enhance the quality of healthcare for women in the military.
Loretta is also a leading voice against proposed cuts to veterans’ healthcare benefits. She strongly advocates for increased services for significantly wounded veterans, including enhanced mental health screening and psychiatric care. In addition to caring for today's retired military, Loretta is also concerned about future veterans, particularly those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. When the New York Times reported that Iraq and Afghanistan veterans were not receiving their GI Bill benefit checks in a timely manner, she led the entire California delegation in a letter to Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, demanding that the delays be resolved.
Women in the Military
By 2016, all combat positions in the army will be open to women. California female residents are the second highest state representation in the military. Supporting both the trends of California and the nation, Congresswoman Sanchez fights for female military interests. She has pushed for measures including the National Defense Authorization Act which addresses the needs of women in the military including access to treatments for infertility and in vitro fertilization. She has previously addressed the Veteran’s Affairs asserting the Veteran’s Affairs must step up as we owe our servicewomen nothing less.
Information on Benefits
For more information on veteran benefits, please see the 2013 edition of the VA's Federal Benefits Guide for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors is now available online at: http://www.va.gov/opa/publications/benefits_book.asp or http://www.va.gov/opa/publications/benefits_book/2013_Federal_Benefits_for_Veterans_English.pdf (pdf version).
This guide serves as an overview of all the benefits that Veterans, their Dependents and Survivors may be eligible for. The 2013 version also contains any changes in these benefits in the past year.
To receive assistance on veterans' employment issues, please see the United States Department of Labor Veterans' Employment Page: http://www.dol.gov/vets/
More on Veterans
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement in recognition of Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, which falls on November 11th this year:
“As we celebrate Veterans Day, let us remember the words of President Woodrow Wilson in 1919, ‘To us in America, the reflection of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory…’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), the second ranked Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee and the founder and chair of the Women in the Military Caucus, released the following statement after the Army announced that it will open its Ranger School to women on a permanent basis.
“I applaud the Army’s decision to open the Ranger School to women permanently. Last month’s historic graduation of First Lt. Kristen Griest and First Lt. Shaye Haver showed America that women are up to the challenge for the legendary and grueling training.
WASHINGTON, D.C.–Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), the second ranked Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee and the founder and chair of the Women in the Military Caucus today released the following statement:
"I congratulate First Lt. Kristen Griest and First Lt. Shaye Haver, who today will become the first women ever to graduate from the Army's elite Ranger School. I also applaud the news that the Navy is planning to open its SEAL teams to qualified women who can pass the legendary and grueling training,
WASHINGTON, D.C.–Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46) released the following statement commemorating the 80th anniversary of Social Security, signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on August 14, 1935.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46) released the following statement recognizing the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid:
“50 years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson acted on his vision that no American should be forced into poverty because of the cost of health care, and that access to healthcare is a right, not a privilege,” said Rep. Sanchez.