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Congressman Raul Ruiz

Representing the 36th District of California

Veterans

Veterans in the 36th District and all across the United States have served our country honorably and deserve our unwavering support. While we can never fully repay our veterans for their service to our nation, we have an obligation to work together as Democrats and Republicans to ensure they have access to the high-quality care and receive benefits they have earned and deserve. 

In my position on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, I am working aggressively with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to end the VA benefits backlog, expand and improve access to health care for veterans in the 36th District, improve educational and job opportunities for heroes returning home, and combat veterans’ homelessness.

We must act now to eliminate the backlog so our veterans can access the benefits they have earned. I introduced H.R. 1759, bipartisan legislation as part of a broader effort to end the VA backlog. My bill will help identify and eliminate red tape in the VA claims process so that veterans can get their benefits faster. I also joined 3 Democratic and Republican Congressmen to introduce the 21st Century Health Care for Heroes Act, which will improve the delivery of veterans’ health care by merging the electronic health records of the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense.

I voted in support the Fiscal Year 2014 Military Construction and Veterans’ Affairs legislation. This bipartisan bill continues our commitment to America’s veterans and military personnel by providing the benefits they deserve and the resources necessary to maintain a strong national defense. It takes critical steps to address the unacceptable disability claims backlog and makes key investments in veterans’ health care, including much-needed resources to convert paper medical records to electronic medical records.

I am proud to be a member of the Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus, which is a bipartisan, bicameral group focused on reducing the unemployment rate of the nation’s nearly 800,000 veterans looking for work. This caucus is taking meaningful action to find work for our returning service members, and it’s a great example of what can be achieved when Members of Congress put partisanship aside and come together to support our nation’s veterans.

More on Veterans

August 1, 2018 Photo Gallery

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July 19, 2018 E-Newsletter
Our momentum continues! The past two weeks have been busy in our fight to get veterans exposed to burn pits the health care they need.
July 16, 2018 Making Government Work for You
"I can’t thank him enough for the veterans lives he has and will continue to help save."
July 16, 2018 Making Government Work for You
"I would like to thank Congressman Dr. Raul Ruiz for his tireless dedication and advocacy for the veterans and their plight in the Coachella Valley."
July 15, 2018 Making Government Work for You
"I want to thank everyone from the office that helped me out along the way," Sara said. "I am very thankful that the Congressman's office helped me."
July 15, 2018 Making Government Work for You
"Dr. Ruiz was very kind, courteous, and caring."
May 25, 2018 Photo Gallery

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May 5, 2018 E-Newsletter
Exciting news for our veterans, servicemembers, and their families who are concerned about burn pits! Last week, we took a huge step forward by creating an official, bipartisan Congressional Burn Pits Caucus.
September 12, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, today applauded House passage of her bill to improve the quality and safety of mobility equipment used by disabled veterans.

H.R. 3471, the Veterans Mobility Safety Act, would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to set comprehensive standards for providers of automobile adaptive equipment, such as wheelchair lifts and reduced-effort steering and braking systems. The legislation passed unanimously by voice vote and now heads to the Senate.

June 15, 2016 E-Newsletter

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