2019 Key Community Service Highlights
August 22, 2019
Horvath attended Congressional Hearing on Veterans Homelessness.
Dr. Horvath was invited to attend the Congressional Field Hearing on Veterans issues and homelessness. The hearing was hosted in Oceanside at the County of San Diego Military and Veterans Affairs Resource Center. Key participants included:
Hunter Kurtz, Assistant Secretary – Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Supervisor Fletcher, District 4
Dr. Robert Smith, Director VA San Diego Healthcare System Tamera Kohler, CEO, San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless
Matt Shillingburg, Commander, American Legion Post 146
Ginny Puddefoot, Executive Officer, California Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council
Kimberly Mitchell, President and CEO, Veterans Village of San Diego
Greg Anglea, Interfaith Community Services
Ronald J. Stark, President of the Board, San Diego Veterans Coalition
The hearing examined key factors leading to homelessness within the community. Supervisor Fletcher delivered the County position regarding homelessness and the impact of mental health, brain injury, suicide, military sexual trauma, and veteran's healthcare to the Congressional committee.
From left to right: Ranking member Bilirakis, Chairman Levin, Chairman Takano, and Congressman Peters.
August 9, 2019
Horvath participates in the VA Mental Community Health Summit 2019: Building Healing Communities for our Veterans
Horvath was invited to participate in the 2019 VA Community Mental Health Summit that was held at the Jacobs Center for Innovation in San Diego. This collaborative summit was designed to explore mental health issues within the community. The Summit included information about key issues within the military community impacting mental health. These include:
1. Mission Act (Veteran's Healthcare Plan) - current healthcare service and treatment regulations within the VA.
2. Discussion of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for Veterans Act - the story of Clay Hunt.
3. Suicide prevention. Barriers to suicide prevention and moral injury. Additionally, women's mental health factors were discussed.
4. Evidenced based practices for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, TeleMental Health (TMH), and spirituality.
Within the Summit themes were conversations and recommendations to prevent suicide within and after military service. Steve Padilla, Iraq War Veteran, discussed the impact of war experiences upon his mental health, family, and his work to create support for passage of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Act by Congress.
August 1, 2019
Horvath continues to work for County residents as a veteran and family advocate.
Horvath was appointed in 2017 as a member of the San Diego Veterans Advisory Council by Supervisor Dianne Jacob. She became Chair in August 2017 with the support of Ben Dillingham and other key council members.
As the Chair, Horvath has provided leadership utilizing her mantra of honor and integrity coupled with integration of regulations to guide the Council through a regulatory change process. On July 9, 2019, the Board of Supervisors approved the final version of the by-laws revision along with a name change to the San Diego Military and Veterans Advisory Council (SDMVAC) earlier in 2019. Her term as chair will end on September 1, 2019 where she will continue to participate in the Council as a member at large.
July 15, 2019
Horvath examines fiscal cost of programs to taxpayers - where is the innovation?
Do we really need 13 agencies participating and managing a single program? Imagine the personnel costs to the government within each agency. This is the case with the Transition GPS program under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) To Hire Heroes Act of 2011. The intention is to provide opportunities to veterans to obtain employment; yet, the costs have begun to exceed the benefits.
As a veteran, Horvath has consistently stated to Federal officials that the cost of the program has begun to exceed the initial intent of the program. For example, as taxpayers, we have been spending $323M annually to save $303M in unemployment costs without the benefit of programmatic improvements. It is time to change the laws and regulations for military career transition. Contact us for more information.
July 5, 2019
Veterans Administration and Benefits.
Horvath continues to participate in the OneVA Community Advocacy Board (CAB) as a member where she interacts with key personnel within the VA system to provide advocacy for the community. She has participated in the Missions Act benefits training for Congressional staff as part of her OneVA CAB membership.
June 25, 2019
Horvath opens dialogue with Department of Defense key staff and Congressional staff relating to key military issues.
- Military Sexual Assault/Organizational Culture
- Transition GPS (Career transition) ($371M a year to save $303M in
- Military spouse employment (Impact of international treaties upon
military spouse employment and employability.
- Underemployment and unemployment
- Improvement of services for military families
- Improvements to childcare services and reduction in costs
April 7-9, 2019
Horvath participates in CalVet statewide by invitation only leadership summit.
Horvath was invited to participate in the CalVet Leadership Summit April 7-9, 2019 in San Diego. During the Summit she interacted with key state leaders relating to veterans issues statewide, in the 50th District, and County of San Diego. She participated in mental health and homelessness discussions to develop potential community solutions. Of key interest were housing needs, cost of housing, homelessness, mental health issues and solutions, along with employment.
March 13, 2019
Horvath judges student projects in the Greater San Diego
Science & Engineering Fair as part of the Armed Forces
Communications and Electronic Association (AFCEA)
Dr. Horvath was invited to participate in the program as a judge by
AFCEA. During this event, Dr. Horvath met and greeted potential
innovators within the technology and communications field. These
magnificent researchers ranged in school grade from middle school to
Eight San Diego students qualified through the Greater San Diego Science & Engineering Fair or through the California Science and Engineering Fair. These students then participated in the went through an entire day of judging on March 13, 2019 and later qualified to participate and represent out district with distinction at the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair Wednesday, May 15 in Phoenix, AZ. The second Fair hosted 1842 students from 80 countries, regions, territories, and from across the US. Judging was accomplished in 22 different categories at the INTEL international science and engineering fair.