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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

December 20, 2013 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) joined a group of bipartisan lawmakers in support of legislation that would restore cuts to military retiree cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) included in the Bipartisan Budget Act.
November 8, 2013 Press Release
Palm Springs, CA – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) issued the following statement in observance of Veterans Day. Dr. Ruiz is a member of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. He is also a member of the Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus.
October 28, 2013 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 404 to 1 in favor of passing H.R 2189. This legislation contains a provision Dr. Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) introduced in April that aims to reduce the backlog of veteran's claims throug
October 17, 2013 Press Release
Today I voted for a pragmatic solution to end the government shutdown and avert a financial crisis by raising the debt ceiling. While this bill is not perfect...
October 9, 2013 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert), advocated for veterans at a House Committee on Veterans Affairs meeting...
September 30, 2013 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) announced that his Congressional Office would expand hours of operation in the event of a government shutdown to assist constituents affected by closures.
September 28, 2013 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) released the following statement after House leadership refused to pass a clean continuing resolution, paving the way to a government shutdown.
September 20, 2013 Press Release
We as Americans keep a solemn promise with all those who serve; our heroes in uniform will never be left behind or forgotten...
September 11, 2013 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) released the following statement in remembrance of the attacks on September 11, 2001.

July 18, 2013 Press Release

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Today Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) joined more than 70 Democratic and Republican members of the No Labels “Problem Solvers” group to announce a landmark legislative package comprised of nine bipartisan, common-sense bills to make government more efficient and effective.  Dr. Ruiz is a cosponsor of all nine bills and a lead cosponsor on 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.

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