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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. 

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

January 21, 2015 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) released the following statement on President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address.
December 12, 2014 Press Release
Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) released the following statement after voting to pass the Senate amendment to H.R. 83, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015.
November 11, 2014 Press Release
Palm Springs, CA – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) led a bipartisan letter to Dr. Carolyn M. Clancy, the Interim Under Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on the Ebola preparedness of VA medical facilities across the country.
September 11, 2014 Press Release
Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) released the following statement in reflection on the attacks against our nation on September 11, 2001:
August 7, 2014 Press Release
Washington, DC – Today Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) attended the signing of the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014 into law at Fort Belvoir in Virginia with Palm Desert resident Maj. Bill Young.
July 30, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC -- Today Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) voted to pass the bipartisan Conference Report on H.R. 3230, the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014.
June 24, 2014 Press Release
Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) released the following statement after CNN reported that records of deceased veterans were changed...
June 12, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) with a bipartisan group of medical professionals, wrote a letter to request the Government Accountability Office (GAO) undertake a review...
June 10, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) with a bipartisan coalition, urged the passage of the Veterans Access to Care Act. This legislation makes it easier for veterans who have been subjected to long wait times to seek medical care outside of the Veterans Administration (VA) system.
May 30, 2014 Press Release
Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) released the following statement after Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned...

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