Email update: Supporting our veterans | Congressman Ami Bera

Email update: Supporting our veterans

Sep 9, 2016
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Email update sent on Friday, September 9th, 2016

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Almost fifteen years ago, our nation experienced a tragedy that we must never forget. On September 11th, 2001, terrorists launched the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil. 

After this attack, many Americans chose to serve in our armed forces, just like generations before them. As a doctor who has helped care for our veterans, I've seen their sacrifices firsthand. We owe our veterans – whether they served in World War II or Afghanistan – nothing less than our unwavering support.

So as we near the fifteenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, here’s an update on my work to support our military and veterans:

Supporting the New Mather Veterans’ Village:

Last week, I was honored to help commemorate the new Mather Veterans Village for disabled and homeless veterans. 

This facility is more than a place for veterans who need a place to sleep. It’s a community of service members who can offer support in many forms to help veterans get back on their feet.

I’m proud to have secured an additional fifty federal housing vouchers to help complete this project on time.

Mather Veterans Village is a model facility for the country that shows how to provide care for our men and women who have served us.

After giving so much for our country and our safety, the least we can do is make sure they have access to basic resources.

My office has also worked to provide services and information to many of the veterans who will be living in the village. We've now helped local veterans recover more than $1.8 million that they were owed and we’d be honored to help you, too.

Please visit my Help for Veterans page or call us at (916) 635 0505 to learn more about how my office can help local veterans.

Securing More Than $1.2 Million for Sacramento County Veterans:

I’m also pleased to announce that an area veterans services organization is receiving new funding to help low income veterans and their families.

The Volunteers of America of Greater Sacramento and Northern Nevada recently received a $1.2 million federal grant. This will help prevent veteran homelessness, support health care, provide child care, and more. 

I was proud to help secure this funding for our local veterans and I’ll keep fighting to ensure they have everything that they need.

According to the Volunteers of America, this grant will allow them to serve more than 200 local veterans who are in need. This is an important step in the right direction, but there’s no question that we have more to do.

Please click here to learn more about how I’m supporting our military and veterans – from health care to clearing the VA backlog.

Visiting Our Troops at Walter Reed Medical Center: 

As a doctor who has helped care for our veterans, I was also honored to have the chance to visit our troops at the Walter Reed Military Medical Center this week. 

This was an important opportunity to meet with our service members to personally thank them for putting their lives on the line to defend our country.

Walter Reed is at the forefront of developing medical treatments to help our injured service members transition to civilian life, including prosthetic limbs. 

They’re leading the way in treating both visible and invisible wounds and I was glad to receive a firsthand update on their amazing work and latest developments.

Please click here to see more from my visit to Walter Reed Medical Center.

Supporting our military and veterans is one of my highest priorities. That’s why I’ve voted to give our troops a pay raise and have been working to address problems at the VA since my first month in office.

If you or someone you know is an area veteran who needs help with backlogged benefits or health care, please call my office at (916) 635 0505. We’ve now helped more than 1,700 Sacramento County veterans and have helped return more than $1.8 million in owed benefits to veterans and their families. You can also visit my Help for Veterans page to learn more or click here to learn more about how I’m supporting our military and veterans in Congress.

I’m honored and humbled to work for you. Please always feel free to share your views and suggestions with me as well.

Be well,

Ami Bera, M.D.
Member of Congress
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