Department of Veterans Affairs
As a member of the San Diego OneVA Community Advocacy Board, I have gained a unique insight into the operations of the Veterans Benefit Administration (VBA) and the Veterans Healthcare Administration (VHA). As your 50th Congressional District Representative I will continue to examine methods to improve upon the quality of veterans disability and benefits services through examination of processes and methods to increase successful veteran benefits outcomes when applied for.
As part of our support for the Veterans Healthcare Administration, I will continue to support quality improvements to the current healthcare system under the Missions Act and work to continue to create improvements to benefit the veteran community.
Department of Veterans Affairs and Tribal Governments
Veterans of Native American Tribes across the country face a unique and complex set of challenges nationwide. These include obtaining urgently needed VA vocational rehabilitation, VA healthcare and VA disability benefits earned by virtue of service in the U.S. Armed Forces. As your Congressional Representative, I will work with the National Congress of American Indians along with local tribal leaders to advocate relating to key veteran and military service factors impacting the tribal veterans and families. I will work to improve tribal veterans service officers (TVSO) training and accreditation for those TVSOs serving the veteran communities in tribal areas.
Military Sexual Trauma and Harassment
Each time that a recruit enlists or becomes an officer, there is a possibility of sexual assault or harassment. Not every unit or service member experiences these issues; yet, in 2018 according to the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPR) there were more than 7,000 men sexually assaulted while serving and more than 23,000 women who experienced sexual assault. These were only the reported instances - the number of unreported instances of sexual assault and harassment in the military is unknown.