Department of Veterans Affairs
As an active member of the San Diego County Veterans' Community and former 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 Health 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 a veteran I commit to ensuring that the VA is fully funded for both benefits and medical center staffing along with required new healthcare equipment. I would like to use my knowledge, expertise, and organizational development skills in Congress to improve the overall organizational system within the VA. Representing you means that I will work to be on the House Veterans Affairs Committee to provide an insider's knowledge of VA. As your Congressional Representative,. I will use my insider's knowledge of the VA to provide Congressional oversight as well as assist Veterans at home facing difficulties with healthcare access and disability claim approvals. I am committed to having highly qualified staff respond and resolve Veterans' issues within the community.
As part of our support for the Veterans Health 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.