LOMPOC, Calif. – Congressman Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) spoke with veterans Wednesday morning during an annual event held at the Lompoc Veterans Memorial Building.
“Being a veteran myself, it brings great joy to be able to meet with veterans, to hear from them,” said Carbajal. “I think it’s great to see our veterans turn out.”
The two-hour event allowed veterans an opportunity to connect first-hand with Carbajal, who represents California’s 24th Congressional District.
“This is not about Democrats or Republicans,” Carbajal said. “This is about veterans who sacrificed and served our nation. Today is about really making sure I hear directly from them.”
One of the key elements of the town hall-style meeting was an update Carbajal was able to provide on what is currently taking place in Washington D.C. in regard to several important veterans issues.
“I was able to relay to them, there have been major successes in the House (of Representatives) that we are trying to address some of the glitches that exist in the Veterans Administration benefits system, dealing with the phone system that provides some challenges to them to make appointments and also to provide better transportation to veterans who have to go from our community to Greater Los Angeles Veterans Administration office hospital, so I was able to share with them some of the things that we’re doing,” said Carbajal.
The breakfast meeting comes less than a week after Carbajal reintroduced a veterans-related bill in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“I have reintroduced the Home of the Brave bill (H.R. 4191) in the House to be able to help veterans to ensure that their disability income is not seen as a liability when they apply for housing programs, thereby providing more housing opportunities for veterans, veterans who are homeless, or veterans who are having challenges acquiring decent housing,” said Carbajal.
Carbajal pointed out the proposed legislation is a bipartisan bill.
“I’m very proud of that,” said Carbajal. “It’s bringing both sides of the aisle to address the issues that our veterans are facing.”
Carbajal gave a timeline on when the bill could be passed.
“The legislative session is a two-year session,” said Carbajal. “It could be anytime from by the end of this year to next year.”
Also at the breakfast meeting Thursday, veterans were able to access valuable resources.
Several local veterans-related agencies were on hand with representatives to provide information.
“Today is about really making sure I hear directly from them and other service providers that serve veterans and provide them with information about the various benefits that are available to them,” said Carbajal.