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Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez

Representing the 46th District of California


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.

Veteran’s Healthcare

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:  or  (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:


More on Veterans

Jul 27, 2015 Press Release

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:

Jul 25, 2015 Event

You and your family are cordially invited to the 12th Annual Orange County Veterans Fair! 
Did you know you may qualify for veterans benefits? Do you know how or where to go to submit a claim? 
Does your resume need a professional review? 
Would you like to hear from employers about what they look for in candidates? 

Jul 3, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46) released a statement in celebration of the Fourth of July holiday. 

 “Our great country has come so far since its independence and in just the past few weeks, we have made historic strides in marriage equality and health care. The Supreme Court has declared what we all know is true, that a person can love and marry whomever they wish.

Jun 25, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46) today released the following public schedule for Friday, June 26, 2015, through Saturday, June 27, 2015.

Friday, June 26, 2015

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. — Rep. Sanchez will provide remarks on the importance of water infrastructure at the dedication ceremony of the Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS).
Orange County Water District, 18700 Ward Street, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Open to the Press and Public

May 15, 2015 Press Release

“The NDAA is historically a bipartisan bill that passes with bipartisan support. Unfortunately this year, the Republicans have decided to further fund the Department of Defense (DoD) at the cost of better education, healthcare and housing for the American people.