The numbers speak for themselves, because not every veteran can:

  • 480,000 - the number of service men and women physically injured in recent military conflicts.
  • 400,000 - the number of service members living with invisible wounds, from depression to post-traumatic stress disorder
  • 320,000 - the number of service members experiencing debilitating brain trauma
  • +500,000 - the number of Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • ~150,000 - the number of homeless Veterans (or nearly a quarter of the homeless population)
  • ~1.5 million - the number of additional Veterans who live ‘at risk’ of homelessness
  • 185,269 - the number of California Women Veterans
  • 22 - the average number of Veteran suicides committed daily, accounting for ~20% of all suicides annually in the U.S.
  • 33% - the percentage of service members who live with PTSD and feel they don’t get the mental health care they need.

I grew up in a military family and have been committed to fighting for Veteran Rights for over 35years. My stepfather, brothers, in-laws, and many family members & friends are current service members or Veterans. I know firsthand that sometimes the most painful injuries are not physical or readily visible.

So, we have been dedicated to speaking up and advocating for those veterans who have lost their “voice”. We have stood up for them through targeted advocacy, compliance administration, policy making. Hill testimony, legislature visits, recommendations, self-advocacy training, research and outreach. Recognizing that reintegration resources and support, counseling, debt management and reduction are some of the services that get overlooked but are defiantly needed. The importance of facilitating the PTSD/TBI/Combat Stress evaluations, peer-to-peer support, suicide prevention, case management services, and coordinating service administration with federal and state agencies.

As with all cases of equity and justice, this fight is to ensure all Veterans have access to and receive equal treatment and their earned benefits, rehabilitative and professional services, education, training, healthcare, and financial assistance because we as a nation owe it to them. Because of the sacrifices they have made we can continue to live in a free country.

 

The number of homeless Veterans, unemployed Veterans, and Veterans committing suicide are staggering. No Military Personnel or Veteran should ever have to face homelessness or joblessness, and none should ever face discrimination due to race, ethnicity, gender, political affiliation, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or identity.

Many Veterans experience significant frustration trying to access benefits - usually due to the conditions and circumstances surrounding their service and their discharge. We will allocate funding to ensure that not one veteran will ever lack housing or medical care or mental health services. We you exit service, will ensure you have transitional employment and career training, if you need it. You promised us your life, we have you for life. We will set aside enough funds to more efficiently run the VA so not another soldier has to wait 13 years for a determination hearing as my Stepdad (a decorated Army Vet, 2 purple heart, two tour Vietnam Vet) has experienced since 2009 and my double amputee decorated Army vet uncle is experiencing now. 

We will allocate funding and incentivize local builders to provide housing to Veterans and their families at affordable rates so they can return to their communities.

Collaborating with the Wounded Warrior Project and the VA, we have staunchly supported empowering these warriors and giving them the voice to seek the support they need to begin their journey to recovery and to build the resilience they will need to thrive. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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