On the battlefield, our military pledges to leave no soldier behind. As a nation, we must make that same pledge for every veteran.
Now that many of our service members have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan, we are faced with new challenges in providing quality health care and helping new veterans transition back to the workforce. It’s important that we care for them when they return home. We also have an ongoing obligation to older veterans to ensure they receive the services they need to avoid homelessness and receive health care. I am committed to improving access to health care, as well as strengthening veterans’ benefits, and expanding job training and transitional services.
Veterans Health Clinic
After nine years with no VA health clinic in the San Gabriel Valley, I’m thrilled to announce the opening of the San Gabriel Valley Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC). The SGV CBOC, located at 7 West Foothill Boulevard in Arcadia, will offer Veterans access to primary care, mental health care, telehealth, and basic laboratory services on an interim basis for the next three to five years until a larger, full-service clinic in the San Gabriel Valley is completed.
More information, including directions and appointment scheduling, for the San Gabriel Valley VA Clinic can be found here.
From tuition to pensions, and everything in between, veterans’ benefits are indispensable lifelines for our nation’s heroes. These benefits provide access to a wide variety of resources to help veterans and their families. That is why I support efforts to protect and strengthen veterans’ benefits.
I am committed to ensuring that veterans in the San Gabriel Valley get the health care they have so rightfully earned. Any delay of treatment, whether through claims backlogs or waiting lists, is unacceptable. We must make sure that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals in every city ensure timely care, not only for the visible wounds, but also for the invisible wounds.
That is why I voted for H.R. 3055, Commerce, Justice, Science, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act, 2020. This bill included $217.5 billion in funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs, which will help fund programs like medical care, mental health services, suicide prevention and outreach activities, and homeless assistance programs. This Democratic-led appropriations bill invests in the services and healthcare our veterans need.
Helping Veterans Transition Back to Work
Many veterans struggle to find a job that meets their skills after returning home from war. It can be difficult for veterans to adjust to a new workforce, but after the sacrifice they have made for us, we need to be there for them.
I have consistently supported bills – like the Veterans Skills to Jobs Act signed into law in 2012 – to enhance veterans’ job training resources, and let veterans translate military training and skills into civilian credentials and licenses. It is vital that we recognize any relevant training a veteran received while serving in the Armed Forces if he or she applies for any federal license requiring special training or credentials. This recognizes the value of our veterans’ skills in the civilian economy. And we must encourage the private sector to do the same. Our veterans have impressive, unparalleled training be it as medics, mechanics, truck drivers, electricians, and many other highly skilled professions.
Ending Veteran Homelessness
I am also especially concerned about the high rates of homelessness among our nation’s veterans. Veterans who are unable to secure employment often end up becoming homeless. I support legislation and programs that seek to reduce homelessness among our veterans by providing access to housing, employment assistance, reintegration services, and more. I have repeatedly urged appropriators to give the highest possible funding for programs such as the HUD-VA Supportive Housing, or HUD-VASH, which offers vouchers for homeless veterans to find stable and supportive housing.
More on Veterans
Washington, DC — The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) today officially opened the San Gabriel Valley Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC), the first Veterans clinic in the San Gabriel Valley in over eight years. The SGV CBOC, located at 7 West Foothill Boulevard in Arcadia, will offer Veterans access to primary care, mental health care, telehealth, and basic laboratory services on an interim basis for the next three to five years until a larger, full-service clinic in the San Gabriel Valley is completed. Rep.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) introduced the Acupuncture for Our Heroes Act. The bill requires that at least one Veterans Administration (VA) health facility per Integrated Service Network provide acupuncture services to veterans enrolled in the VA health system. Rep. Chu released the following statement:
Washington, D.C. – April 29, 2017 marks the 100th day of President Trump’s presidency, a marker used for every President since Franklin Roosevelt. Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27) released the following statement regarding the impact of President Trump’s first one hundred days:
Pasadena, CA – Ten years ago, the California National Guard began offering bonuses of $15,000 or more to encourage enlistment in order to meet our country’s needs to fight the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This week, it was reported that the Pentagon is requiring nearly 10,000 veterans to return that money, stating that these cash incentives were improperly distributed. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) released the following statement:
Pasadena, CA – Today, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) hosted a Job Hunters Boot Camp at Grapevine Arbor Park in San Gabriel, CA. The Boot Camp was attended by over 100 job seekers who received resources, advice, and employment opportunities from 50 employers and volunteer groups. Attendees were able to get resume help, speak with employers, apply for jobs, and attend workshops on branding, growing a business, and more. There was also a specialized workshop for veterans entering the workforce. Rep. Chu released the following statement:
Accomplishments During the 114th Congress (2014-2016)
Bringing more federal resources to the San Gabriel Valley is one of my top priorities. This is why I partner with federal agencies to ensure that we have access to federal programs and funding that could benefit our region. I am proud to have worked with these agencies and the President’s Administration on the following initiatives.
PASADENA, CA – Today, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) presented Cpl. Buddy Leland Brower with the military medals he earned but never received while serving in the United States Army during the Korean War.