Our veterans served and sacrificed for our freedom, and we must hold up our end of the bargain. As the proud daughter of a Navy veteran, I have a deep appreciation for those who have served our country. I am committed to protecting the benefits that our veterans have earned.
I also support efforts to aid veterans after they leave active service. We must do more to end veteran homelessness, increase employment opportunities for veterans, and help veterans access quality, affordable higher education.
Veterans also have unique health care needs. Women veterans need access to comprehensive health care, and veterans of all ages need access to mental health services. Veterans of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War may need different health care services than veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. And veterans in rural areas should be able to access the same services and benefits as those in urban areas.
When I visit with veterans at the Portland VA, at the North Coast Clinic in Warrenton, or over coffee in their communities, I am inspired by their deep love of country and commitment to service. If you or a family member are a veteran in need of assistance, my office is available to help: please call my Beaverton office at 503-469-6010 or email me here.
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The Washington County commissioner and former Hillsboro mayor keynoted the county's Veterans Day ceremony.
The father of U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici of Beaverton also served in the Navy.
"I want to assure everyone that this is a coincidence," she said as the audience laughed.
Bonamici quoted from a 1963 Veterans Day proclamation by President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated just 11 days later, that the day is meant to honor men and women who have served in war and who also seek peace with "patience, perseverance and courage."
On November 9th, 2018, state, community and national leaders will convene to celebrate the expansion of Lines for Life’s work with the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL). Lines for Life supports the VCL in meeting the needs of veterans in crisis nationwide as the VCL’s sole back-up call center. This is a significant expansion of Lines for Life’s Military Services, which includes the Military Helpline, funded by the State of Oregon.
Bonamici gave a general overview of issues that surfaced at other town hall meetings, ranging from healthcare and immigrant family separations, to the environment, Social Security, Medicare and the Trump administration.
Bonamici began by explaining her view on healthcare, a topic she said many are worried about. "I'm interested in strengthening access to health care, not taking it away," she said. "We need to work together to find a way to make sure that people have access to health care."
BEAVERTON, Ore. [08/21/18] – Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) announced that Easterseals Oregon will receive $1.5M in federal funding over three years to provide employment services for homeless veterans in Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties. The funding allows Easterseals Oregon to expand beyond Multnomah County and offer these services for the first time in Washington and Clackamas counties.
Just before Memorial Day, Congress passed a law that could lead to closure of veterans hospitals and send more veterans to private doctors for care. President Trump applauded the law’s passage. The AFL-CIO called it “a giant misstep toward privatization.”
Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to S. 2372, the VA MISSION Act because the bill falls short in fulfilling our commitment to veterans. Though this legislation contains many positive provisions to support our veterans and their caregivers, on balance it is a short-sighted approach that does not adequately provide for the long-term needs of those who have honorably served our country. The bill subjects funding for VA programming to the nondefense discretionary caps, which leaves it vulnerable to being underfunded or being funded at the expense of other critical programs in the future.
Even as advocates celebrated the opening of Pomeroy Place in Aloha, which will provide housing for 20 low-income veterans and their families, a state official says many more could be built if lawmakers raise the recording fee at their upcoming session.
"We have a lot more work to do. We must end housing instability and homelessness for our veterans, our seniors, those who are disabled, and families," said Kenny LaPoint, assistant director for public affairs of the Oregon Housing and Community Services Department.