Veterans and Military Retirees
America’s veterans are the reason we are able to enjoy the freedoms we have today. Because of their sacrifice and honor, our country has prevailed over the worst of foes. That is why it is imperative that our country never forgets the price that has been paid for the quality of life that we now enjoy. A veteran is the picture of courage, strength, resolve and loyalty.
My commitment to the highest standard of treatment to our veterans and retirees will not waiver. The debt that is owed to the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedoms is one that can never fully be repaid. Our men and women in uniform injured or wounded in the line of duty deserve not only the respect of their country, but the best medical care available.
As Congress works to rein in spending, funding for veterans and military retirees is still a top priority. I will work to ensure adequate funding for Veterans Affairs claims processing, oppose TRICARE fee and premium increases on families and retirees, and fight to ensure returning veterans have opportunities to work and continue to contribute to our communities. While Congress works through this difficult budget environment it is important to minimize the impact on programs that our servicemembers, retirees, and veterans rely on.
As a country it is our duty to respect the memory of those lost and honor those who have fought on the beaches of Normandy, the hills of Korea, the jungles of Vietnam, the mountains of Afghanistan and the sands of Iraq. They are our neighbors and fellow citizens and their sacrifice demands our humility and deepest gratitude.
If you are a veteran looking for work, please visit the below websites for employment resources and opportunities:
The State of California Job Resources for Veterans
Federal government Job Resources for Veterans
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VIETNAM BLUE WATER NAVY VETERANS
Disability benefits available to those serving offshore
Agent Orange Exposure in the Republic of Vietnam Waters (Blue Water Navy)
Blue Water Navy Veterans are now entitled to a presumption of service connection for conditions related to Agent Orange exposure. This extension of the presumption is a result of Public Law 116-23, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, signed into law on June 25, 2019.
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) voted along with a bipartisan majority (377 to 20) of the House of Representatives to approve a three-bill Appropriations “minibus” funding bill. The package of bills includes funding for the Energy and Water, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Legislative Branch Appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2019. Rep. Calvert served as a member of the joint House and Senate Conference Committee on the legislation.
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) voted along with a majority (256 to 167) of the House of Representatives to approve the Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Act. Rep. Calvert is the Chairman of the Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee.
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) issued the following statement on the President’s Proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget request:
“All budget proposals involve tough decisions and establishing priorities. I am pleased to see a number of important programs emphasized in the proposal, including our military, veterans programs, school choice and efforts to combat the opioid epidemic.
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) reintroduced legislation, H.R. 182, to streamline veteran education benefits at community colleges.
"Our veterans continue to deserve a simple, straightforward education benefits process that is free of unnecessary, bureaucratic delays," said Rep. Calvert. "I'm hopeful that the House will once again show strong support for this important reform and the Senate will follow suit."
So far this year, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed 13 bills to provide better support America's veterans and ensure improved healthcare and programs through the Department of Veterans Affairs. I have voted YES on all these bills. I am dedicated:
To protecting veterans from budget cuts:
- Funding for our military and veterans are among our highest priorities. That will remain the case in the tight budget years ahead.
As our nation observes this upcoming Veterans Day, we reaffirm a solemn promise to remember and honor the men and women of the United States Armed Forces – past and present. Although Veterans Day was established to remember and revere the sacrifice of so many, our veterans also deserve to know that their country is looking after them and their families, each and every day.