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Rep. Napolitano Hosts Forum to Help Local Vets

February 13, 2012
Press Release

(La Puente, CA) On Saturday, February 11, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano hosted a Veterans Forum at the La Puente Senior Center, along with the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the American GI Forum. The forum brought together top officials from the Veterans Administration and the VA hospital system to take questions and discuss benefits programs with a group of about 150 veterans and their family members.

“Veterans of all wars deserve our continued support,” Napolitano said. “We must continue to honor our heroes and ensure they have access to the benefits they have earned. For those veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan, it is critical for them and their families to know about the VA resources that can make the transition to civilian life easier.”

“It is important for all veterans to know their benefits,” said Dennis Kuewa, Director of the Veterans Administration for the Los Angeles Region. “We’re here to provide information and assistance, so they can take advantage of the medical benefits, home loans, education, and vocational rehabilitation we have to offer them.”

“The Veterans Administration is responsible for providing the care our veterans are entitled to,” said Isabel Duff, Director of the Long Beach Veterans Administration Health Care System. “It is critical that veterans come in and register, because they may be eligible for benefits that they are not aware of.”

“Any information is helpful,” said active duty soldier Leo Falkin. “Just telling other soldiers what benefits there are, programs like the GI Bill, VA loans, and treatment for PTSD.”

Veterans have access to medical benefits, job programs, education funding, home loans, and many other benefits. With veterans returning home from Iraq and many beginning to come back from Afghanistan, it is critical that veterans and their families know what resources are available.

More information can be found at Rep. Napolitano’s website at

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