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  • Carbajal, LaMalfa Reintroduce Bipartisan Veterans’ Record Reconstruction Act of 2019
    Posted in Press Releases on May 23, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans and Military Families

    Today, Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24) and Rep. Doug LaMalfa (CA-01) reintroduced the bipartisan Veterans’ Record Reconstruction Act of 2019, a bill that finally gives veterans forced to reconstruct their records a formal pathway to access their awards and benefits. Over 40 years ago, the fire at the National Personnel Records Center in Overland, Missouri, destroyed up to 18 million Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), which are often the only acceptable documentation for receiving military ben... Read more

  • Carbajal Advocates for Improved VA Access on Behalf of Central Coast Veterans
    Posted in Press Releases on May 16, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans and Military Families

    Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24) testified before the House Veterans Affairs Committee (HVAC) highlighting significant issues with the phone system for local Veterans Affairs (VA) Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs), that provide the most common outpatient services, including health and wellness visits. He also highlighted the limited transportation provided to Central Coast veterans to attend medical appointments at the VA’s Greater Los Angeles area facilities. “I’ve h... Read more

  • Carbajal and Smucker Introduce Bipartisan Home for the Brave Act
    Posted in Press Releases on November 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans and Military Families

    Santa Barbara – Today, Representative Salud Carbajal (CA-24) and Representative Lloyd Smucker (PA-16) introduced the bipartisan Home for the Brave Act of 2017. H.R. 4322 would exempt disability benefits from counting toward total income when determining eligibility for housing assistance programs through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). “It is wrong to deny veterans access to housing assistance programs for benefits they receive for service-related injury or illness,” said ... Read more

  • House Passes Bipartisan Gold Star Family Support and Installation Access Act
    Posted in Press Releases on November 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans and Military Families

    Washington, DC – Today, Representative Salud Carbajal (CA-24), member of the House Armed Services Committee, announced that the bipartisan Gold Star Family Support and Installation Access Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously. Introduced by Rep. Don Bacon (NE-02), Carbajal worked closely with Bacon as an original cosponsor of the bill to make H.R. 3897 a bipartisan effort, and to gain wide support in the House. The Gold Star Family Support and Installation Access Act addresses... Read more

  • Carbajal Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Help Ensure Veterans Receive Benefits
    Posted in Press Releases on September 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans and Military Families

    Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24) joined by Republican Rep. Doug LaMalfa (CA-01) and Rep. Raul Ruiz (CA-36), introduced the bipartisan Veterans’ Record Reconstruction Act of 2017, a bill that eases process for veterans to prove their eligibility for certain benefits or decorations. The Veterans’ Record Reconstruction Act requires the Department of Defense to develop guidelines for the use of unofficial sources of information in determining benefits and decoration eligibility wh... Read more

  • Rep. Carbajal Announces $975,000 To Aid Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment for Central Coast Veterans
    Posted in Press Releases on June 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans and Military Families

    Congressman Salud Carbajal today announced that the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) fully funded his first grant request, totaling $975,000 to Santa Barbara County. The funds will support the Veterans Treatment Court (VTC), which specializes in the treatment of military veterans in the criminal justice system. Read Carbajal’s full grant request letter to SAMHSA here. “Our veterans are often unfortunately at greater risk of mental illness and substance abuse up... Read more

  • Rep. Carbajal to host town hall meeting on needs of local veterans
    Posted in In the News on April 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans and Military Families

    At 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Congressman Salud Carbajal will be available to hear concerns about veteran housing, healthcare, and mental health on the Central Coast. Carbajal will be joined by Lt. Col. Gregory Arenas, a member of the California National Guard, Cindy Conn, manager of the SLO Vet Center, and Sandy Murry, program coordinator for Veteran’s Administration Supportive Housing Program. Carbajal is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and says he hopes to help the 40,000 veterans livi... Read more

  • Rep. Carbajal to hold town hall on veterans issues in Paso Robles
    Posted in In the News on April 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans and Military Families

    U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal, who represents the 24th Congressional District, is scheduled to meet with constituents Tuesday at a town hall in Paso Robles, where the topic of discussion will be how best to meet the needs of Central Coast veterans. “The event is an opportunity for Congressman Carbajal to listen to constituent concerns and engage on veterans’ issues, including housing, access to health care and mental health,” according to a statement from Carbajal’s office. More than 40,000 veterans ... Read more

  • Rep. Carbajal and Senator Duckworth Warn that GOP Healthcare Bill Could Hurt Millions of Veterans
    Posted in Press Releases on March 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans and Military Families

    Today, Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24) joined Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) to shed light on the devastating costs the American Health Care Act (AHCA) would impose on millions of our nation’s Veterans. Last night, Republicans introduced an amendment to the AHCA that would prohibit veterans who are “eligible” to receive VA care from receiving any tax credits to help pay for care outside the VA, even if they are not enrolled in the VA. In addition to preventing veterans from access to affordable hea... Read more

  • Lawmaker criticizes Marine Corps' delay in adapting body armor for women
    Posted in In the News on March 10, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans and Military Families

    The Marine Corps is working to create more sizes of body armor, but has not yet incorporated features used by the Army to make protection better fitting for female service members. One lawmaker said that signals a broader problem within the institution, which was recently rocked by a scandal that saw Marines posting nude photos of female Marines on social media without their knowledge. "It just doesn't bode well, especially when you consider incidences that we're dealing with, the allegations th... Read more

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