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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

May 29, 2014 Press Release
Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) issued the following statement calling for the Department of Justice to investigate misconduct at the VA...
May 28, 2014 Press Release
Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) released the following statement after consideration of the VA Inspector General investigation preliminary review.
April 10, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) released the following statement after voting against the FY 2015 Ryan Budget.
March 4, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's FY 2015 Budget proposal.
March 4, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's FY 2015 Budget proposal.
February 19, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) announced the introduction of a package of bills designed to address many of the issues facing the veteran community in Riverside County and across the country.
February 4, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) met with United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki to discuss issues veterans face across the Coachella Valley.
February 4, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert), joined by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, introduced legislation to provide a no-cost, lifetime pass for entry into 2,000 national parks and federal recreation lands for veterans living with service-connected disabilities.
January 15, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) released the following statement on the House vote for passage of the bipartisan appropriations agreement that funds the government for FY 2014.
January 6, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – As Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) concludes his first year in Congress, he has worked with members of both parties on behalf of small businesses, middle class families, veterans, students, and seniors across the Coachella Valley.

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