Congressman Doug LaMalfa

Representing the 1st District of California
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Veterans Issues

America’s Veterans deserve our utmost respect and our commitment to them must be unwavering.  These men and women have fought, sacrificed and died to keep our country free and safe.

I am committed to ensuring that all those who have served our nation receive the care and benefits we've promised them, as well as the proper equipment and support during their time as active members of the military. Recent proposals to cut health and retirement benefits for Veterans are deeply misguided and I will oppose them.

Furthermore, during these challenging economic times, it is simply unacceptable to see young men and women returning from multiple deployments and unable to find work. The post-9/11 Veteran unemployment rate is staggering and clearly more needs to be done to provide a smooth transition to civilian life for our soldiers.

We have also seen alarming levels among Veterans of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), stemming from traumatic brain injuries, along with other mental health issues. Our gratitude is not enough.  I will always fight to protect the benefits that Veterans earned.

America’s veterans deserve our respect and our commitment to them must be unwavering.  These men and women have fought, sacrificed and died to keep our country free and safe. 

For more information concerning my work to support our Veterans, please contact me.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you.

More on Veterans Issues

Jul 23, 2014 Press Release

Washington, DC – Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today met with the Department of Veterans Affairs Undersecretary for Benefits Allison Hickey to seek answers about the misconduct that has been uncovered at Oakland Regional Office. The meeting was part of an ongoing effort to hold VA officials accountable and came on the heels of an announcement that the Inspector General of the VA had begun an inquiry at the Oakland office.

May 30, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today released the following statement on the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki:     

While Secretary Shinseki’s resignation is warranted, his departure will not fix the systemic dysfunction preventing our veterans from receiving the services they have earned. The fact that a decorated and accomplished officer like Secretary Shinseki could not overcome the VA’s problems demonstrates just how embedded the bureaucratic mindset truly  is.

May 22, 2014 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today spoke on the floor of the House to demand accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs and read whistleblower statements detailing waste, fraud and abuse at the Oakland VA office. Yesterday the House passed a bill LaMalfa cosponsored authorizing the termination of Veterans Affairs officials who were complicit in abuses at the agency.