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Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez

Representing the 46th District of California


soldier saluting the US flagCongresswoman Sanchez firmly believes that we have an obligation to support our service members, both on and off the battlefield. In this time of war, it is our responsibility to provide soldiers and their families with the services and benefits they need to help facilitate a full transition from active duty back to normal civilian life.

As a result of the appalling conditions that were uncovered at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in February of 2007, Congresswoman Sanchez has made health care for our returning soldiers one of her top priorities. Congresswoman Sanchez supported the Wounded Warriors Assistance Act, much of which became law in the Fiscal Year 2008 National Defense Authorization Act. Soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with traumatic brain injuries will now be provided with free health care screening and medical services for three years.

In 2008, Congresswoman Sanchez was a proud cosponsor of the Post-9/11 GI Bill.  This bill provides a comprehensive education benefits package for veterans who served after September 11, and includes a monthly housing stipend and $1,000 per year for books and supplies.

In the 111th Congress, Congresswoman Sanchez continued to be a strong advocate for military personnel and their families. She helped pass defense appropriations funding that will aid hiring of 2,100 additional veteran's claims processors and increase funding for prosthetics by $250 million. She plans to continue fighting on behalf of America's veterans in the 112th Congress.

Congresswoman Sanchez is happy to announce that the 2011 edition of the VA's Federal Benefits Guide for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors is now available online at: or (pdf version). 

This guide serves as an overview of all the benefits that Veterans, their Dependents and Survivors may be eligible for. The 2011 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:

More on Veterans

Jul 22, 2014 Loretta in the News

On Saturday, July 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Eleventh Annual Orange County Veteran’s Fair will be held at Garden Grove Elks Lodge 1952, 11551 Trask Ave. (corner of Trask Ave. and Newhope St.) in Garden Grove.

An opening ceremony will be conducted at 10 a.m.

Military veterans of all ages are encouraged to attend.

Refreshments will be provided by the Elks Lodge.

Resources and services will include:

Jul 7, 2014 eNewsletter Archive

Dear Friend –

Throughout my tenure in Congress and as a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, I have fought to ensure our nation’s veterans get the benefits they deserve once they return home.

This Saturday, I am proud to host my 11th Annual Orange County Veterans’ Fair featuring employment assistance, free health screenings, housing resources and the VA mobile health bus.

WHAT: 11th Annual Orange County Veterans’ Fair in Garden Grove

WHEN: 9:00am - 1:00pm Saturday, July 12, 2014

Jun 30, 2014 Archived Event

The Office of Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez will host the 11th Annual Orange County Veterans’ Resource Fair on Saturday, June 12, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Garden Grove Elks Lodge (11551 Trask Ave. Garden Grove, CA 92843). 

The fair will include a variety of services and resources including free health screenings, benefits counseling, housing resources and employment assistance. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Congresswoman's district office at (714) 621-0102.

May 23, 2014 eNewsletter Archive

Dear Friend - 

As a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, I see the constant sacrifice military families make every day.

Every Memorial Day we take time out of our busy schedules to reflect and pay our respects to those who have died serving our country and protecting our freedom. This year, we honor the memory of the over 4,400 brave Americans who we have lost in Iraq, and the more than 2,300 we have lost in Afghanistan. We salute them, and we hold their families close to our hearts this Memorial Day.