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  • DelBene to Introduce Bipartisan Bill Adding LGBT Representation to Minority Veterans Advisory Committee
    Posted in Press Releases on June 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    SEATTLE – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today heard from local LGBT veterans about their experiences accessing healthcare and benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). When Congress returns this week, DelBene will reintroduce her bipartisan bill, the Voices for Veterans Act, to reauthorize and expand the VA’s Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans to include LGBT veterans in its membership and scope. “Our nation has a responsibility to ensure all our veterans have equitabl... Read more

  • Rep. DelBene meets with Veterans Advisory Board
    Posted in In the News on April 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Before heading back to Washington, D.C., to address the nation’s budget, First Congressional District Rep. Suzan DelBene met with her recently formed Veterans Advisory Board to discuss issues of importance to veterans and what her office can do to make their lives easier. DelBene, members of her staff and board members discussed military sexual trauma (MST), veteran homelessness, veteran suicide and other difficulties veterans face when they leave the military, at last week’s meeting at Lake Was... Read more

  • DelBene, Herrera Beutler Introduce Bill to Ensure Justice for Survivors of Child Abuse
    Posted in Press Releases on February 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Reps. Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) today introduced the bipartisan Child Abuse Accountability Enhancement Act (H.R. 1103), closing a legal loophole that denies justice for some survivors of child abuse. “Anyone who falls victim to physical, sexual or emotional violence — particularly children — deserves the opportunity to seek justice, regardless of who abused them,” DelBene said on the House floor. “It is unacceptable that current law shields some convicted child abu... Read more

  • Happy Valentine's Day!
    Posted in eNewsletters on February 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Dear Friend, This past weekend, I visited a local VA hospital to drop off Valentine’s Day cards, as part of the Valentines for Veterans program. Students from Machias Elementary, Maywood Hills Elementary, Moorlands Elementary and East Ridge Elementary made hundreds of these cards by hand to thank those who served our country in uniform. Earlier this month, members of my Veterans Advisory Board visited the local school to help students make the valentines and explain what it means to be a veteran... Read more

  • DelBene helps deliver Kenmore elementary valentines for veterans
    Posted in In the News on February 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene visited a local Veterans Administration (VA) hospital to drop off hundreds of valentines made by First District students on Saturday. Valentines for Veterans is a program that encourages the community to recognize veterans throughout the year. Some of the valentines came from students at Moorlands Elementary in Kenmore. “The Valentines for Veterans program is a wonderful opportunity for our local students to make a connection with a veteran and thank these brave men a... Read more

  • From the heart: Kids make valentines for veterans
    Posted in In the News on February 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans, Education

    It wasn’t a typical assignment, but Machias Elementary School sixth-grader Liv Harrison put her heart into it. “To someone special,” Liv wrote. She had decorated her pink construction-paper card with hearts and Cupid’s arrows. Benjamin Studley, a 37-year-old Navy veteran and former Machias Elementary Bobcat, was on a mission when he visited his alma mater Thursday. As Liv, her classmates and other students created cards, Studley made his rounds at the Snohomish district school. He was there as p... Read more

  • DelBene Delivers Valentines for Veterans
    Posted in Press Releases on February 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans, Education

    BOTHELL – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today visited a local VA hospital to drop off hundreds of valentines made by First District students. Valentines for Veterans is a program that encourages the community to recognize veterans throughout the year. See photos attached. “The Valentines for Veterans program is a wonderful opportunity for our local students to make a connection with a veteran and thank these brave men and women for their service,” DelBene said. “We should all show our appr... Read more

  • Serving Our Veterans
    Posted in eNewsletters on November 10, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Dear Friend, Throughout the country, there are too many veterans who continue to face challenges after they return home. That’s why I recently formed a Veterans Advisory Board to hear from local veterans about ways the federal government can better serve them. The Advisory Board, made up of nine local veteran leaders, will meet quarterly to help us better serve the more than 40,000 veterans that live in the First Congressional District. It’s our nation’s responsibility to serve and care for thos... Read more

  • DelBene forms advisory board to help improve veterans’ quality of life
    Posted in In the News on October 28, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    For veterans, transitioning back to civilian life is not easy. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is supposed to help with this but that is not always the case. Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) is working to help with this through a new Veterans Advisory Board she formed this year. The board, which has been in the works since around May or June, held its first meeting on Tuesday at VFW Post 2995 in Redmond. The purpose of the board is for DelBene to hear from local veterans about wa... Read more

  • DelBene Hears Challenges from Veterans Advisory Board
    Posted in Press Releases on October 25, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    REDMOND – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today held her first Veterans Advisory Board meeting to hear from local veterans about ways the federal government can better serve them. “Too many veterans continue to face challenges like homelessness, unemployment and barriers to healthcare after they return from service. It’s our nation’s responsibility to serve and care for those who bravely risked their lives and made painful sacrifices for our families and freedoms,” DelBene said. “I look forw... Read more