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Congresswoman Waters' Statement on Veterans Day

November 12, 2013
Press Release

On Veterans Day, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) will attend several veterans events throughout her district today, including speaking at the U.S. VETS Los Angeles Breakfast in Inglewood and the City of Gardena Annual Veterans Day Service. Congresswoman Waters was recently honored by U.S. VETS with the inaugural Judge Harry Pregerson Public Service Award for her contributions to the veterans' community.

A longtime advocate for veterans and their families, Congresswoman Waters led efforts to enact legislation to obtain a 50-year lease for a vacant building on the West Los Angeles VA grounds that established New Directions, a social service agency that provides housing and rehabilitation to homeless veterans, returning them to jobs, family and housing. She authored legislation that created the first women's bureau within the Department of Veterans Affairs, and was also responsible for the creation of the Gardena Community Based Outpatient Clinic that provides primary care and mental healthcare to veterans.

"Since 1919, Veterans Day has provided Americans with an opportunity to reflect on and honor the service members who have answered the call to serve in our nation's military to protect our country on the frontlines," said Congresswoman Waters. "As we observe this Veterans Day, let us never forget the sacrifices made for our freedoms by these brave men and women."

Today, Congresswoman Waters has taken an active role in fighting to end the veterans' disability benefits claims backlog at the Department of Veterans Affairs. She has dedicated staff members with expertise in handling veterans' complaints and disability claims. She is also preparing to provide transportation to veterans in the Greater Los Angeles area to attend Hawthorne's VFW Post 2075 annual Thanksgiving Day dinner for veterans later this month.

"As a nation, we share the obligation to care for and honor our veterans for their bravery and sacrifice daily not just on Veterans Day, " said Congresswoman Waters. "Rest assured, I am dedicated to uphold this commitment to our veterans by continuing to work within Congress to enact legislation that supports our service members."