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 those who bravely risked their lives and made painful sacrifices for our families and freedoms. I’m working in Congress to help our veterans through legislation like the Manufacturing Jobs for Veterans Act (H.R. 344), which would expand veterans’ access to long-term, good-paying jobs in the manufacturing industry. I am also fighting to reduce the VA’s backlog of disability claims and expand access to care for survivors of military sexual trauma (MST).
Despite the work that’s been done so far, there is so much more we must do for our veterans. And it is crucial to hear from these brave men and women directly about the challenges they’re facing. At our first meeting, we talked about some of these issues, such as homelessness, unemployment and barriers to healthcare affecting the veteran community. I’m grateful to the members of my Advisory Board for their perspectives on these issues and more, and I look forward to bringing their thoughts and ideas back to Washington, D.C.
If you’re a veteran in need of assistance, or if you know someone who is, my office is here to help. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at (425) 485-0085. And if you have questions or comments about the topics that matter most to you, I encourage you to contact me through my website, or you can keep up-to-date on what I’m doing by following me on social media.