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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 7, 2013 Press Release
Joins More than 60 Members of Congress to Find Common Ground
April 25, 2013 Press Release
Washington, DC – Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) today introduced legislation to help identify and eliminate red tape in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) claims process.
April 23, 2013 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) announced today that he has joined the Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus, a bipartisan, bicameral group focused on reducing the unemployment rate of the nation's nearly 800,000 veterans looking for
April 22, 2013 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC -- Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) today praised the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for its new initiative to expedite the processing of benefit claims for veterans who have waited one year or longer.
April 15, 2013 Press Release
Washington, DC – Last Friday marked the first 100 days in Congress for Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert). Since being sworn into office on January 3, 2013, Dr. Ruiz has:
January 23, 2013 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Representative Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-Palm Desert) today announced his subcommittee assignments for the 113th Congress.
January 4, 2013 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC -- Today Congressman Raul Ruiz (CA-36) announced he has been selected to serve on the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

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