Veterans

After serving 26 years in the Marine Corps, I vowed to make veterans and military families a top priority in public office. I’ve never wavered in that commitment.

In my time serving you in Congress, I’ve taken action by supporting the long-overdue reforms to the federal Veterans Administration, which is responsible for many programs serving our veterans – most importantly, through healthcare services. I’ve also made it a priority to improve educational opportunities for veterans and improve job prospects for the military spouses.

  • Cosponsored and voted for H.R. 3218, the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, which would modernize and expand the post-9/11 G.I. Bill, eliminating time restrictions for veterans, increasing funding provided to reservists and guardsmen, dependent, and surviving spouses and children. (H.R. 3218, Roll Call 409, July 24, 2017)
  • Cosponsored and voted for H.R. 1994, the VA Accountability Act of 2015, which makes it easier to remove or demote employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs based on performance or misconduct. (H.R. 1994, Roll Call 489, July 29, 2015)
  • Voted for H.R. 203, the Clay Hunt SAV Act, which increases access to mental health care and capacity at VA to meet demand, improving the quality of care, boosting accountability at VA, and developing a community support system for veterans. (H.R. 203, Roll Call 17, January 12, 2015)
  • Voted for H.R. 280, which authorizes the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to recoup bonuses and awards paid to VA employees who broke the law or harmed veterans. (H.R. 280, Passed on Voice, March 2, 2015)
  • Voted for H.R. 3230, the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act, which improves access to care for veterans seeking medical care from the Department of Veterans Affairs and allows some veterans to seek care outside of the VA system. (H.R. 3230, Roll Call 467, July 30, 2014)
  • Introduced and passed into law H.R. 3286, the HIRE Vets Act, which promotes private sector recruiting, hiring, and retaining of men and women who served honorably in the U.S. military. (H.R. 244, Roll Call 249, May 3, 2017)
  • Led the fight to fund Work for Warriors program to assist in job placement for 4,000 California National Guardsmen, reservists and Veterans.