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“They never lost hope or gave up,” she said. “It is a true testament to the life and sacrifice of this serviceman, who was decorated with the National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal, that his loved ones remained so dedicated to ensuring he was not forgotten. His service, patriotism, and memory deserve to live on, which is why I’m proud to introduce this resolution with Congresswoman (Grace) Napolitano.”
VCP was set up in 2008 and 2009 by legendary archaeologist and forensics specialist Dr. Michael "Sonny" Trimble, who headed the Mass Graves Inspection Team in Iraq that led to the convictions of former members of dictator Saddam Hussein's regime for war crimes and crimes against humanity. The VCP's work was extended in 2016 under H.R. 3117, sponsored by Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-California, and signed into law by then-President Barack Obama.
For seven years, Congresswoman Grace Napolitano has held an annual veterans forum in Azusa to connect San Gabriel Valley veterans with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, whose Los Angeles and Long Beach medical centers can be prohibitively far away.
“We take care of any veterans, homeless or not,” Napolitano, D-El Monte, said. “It’s important that the VA gets to know what the needs are for veterans in the San Gabriel Valley.”
Spearheaded by U.S. reps Judy Chu, D-Pasadena; Grace Napolitano, D-El Monte,; and Adam Schiff, D-Burbank, the clinic will remain operational for three to five years and later replaced by a permanent, full clinic, said Hector Elizalde, deputy district director and veterans liaison for Napolitano.
The bill passed easily after brief remarks from U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, who called it “a no-brainer piece of legislation,” and U.S. Rep. Grace Napolitano, D- Calif., who said the legislation will make it easier for veterans groups to organize trips to national war memorials.
(El Monte, CA) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano released the following statement on Veterans Day, after attending ceremonies in the cities of La Puente, Monrovia, and West Covina, thanking San Gabriel Valley veterans and their families:
“Today, as a grateful nation we observe Veterans Day, and pay special tribute to all who served us so proudly. Our veterans represent the best our country has to offer, making us the envy of the world. As they have served us, we must serve and honor them.
(Washington, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) released the following statement on the Defense Department’s decision to halt the collection of bonuses and student loan repayments given to California National Guardsmen, calling for the Department to work with Congress on a permanent solution:
(Washington, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) issued the following statement after nearly 10,000 California National Guardsmen were ordered to repay bonuses and student loan repayments given to them as an incentive to reenlist during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan:
(Washington, DC) Today, U.S. Reps. Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA-32) and Rodney Davis (R-IL-13) announced their legislation to permanently authorize the Army Corps of Engineers’ Veterans Curation Program (VCP) was signed into law by President Barack Obama. H.R. 3114, the Army Corps of Engineers Veterans Curation Program Act, overwhelmingly passed the House in November and the Senate last week.