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, 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/
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Korea and senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement on National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, marking the day the Korean War ceasefire agreement was signed on July 27, 1953:
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, will visit Warrior Foundation Freedom Station in San Diego, CA Saturday, July 16th at 11:00 a.m. PST to learn about and discuss services that assist U.S. veterans transitioning into civilian life and that are coping with PTSD. Rep. Sanchez will be joined by former Congressman Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island who continues to advocate for mental health awareness and services for our veterans.
A trio of California congresswomen has become a political power center in the congressional oversight of America’s military, exercising unheralded influence over federal priorities from their seats representing the largest population of service members in the country.
Veteran Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald on Tuesday took an "opportunity to correct" a comparison he made of the long wait for medical care at his agency's facilities to lines at Disneyland.
"If I was misunderstood, if I said the wrong thing, I'm glad that I have the opportunity to correct it," he told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell. "I'm only focused on one thing, and that's better caring for veterans. That's my job, that's why I'm here."
The remarks were his first interview since the controversial remarks he made a day prior.