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One of the greatest privileges I have as a member of Congress is recognizing the honorable service of our nation’s veterans. I am proud to be a Commemorative Partner with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, a national 50th anniversary commemoration to thank and honor our Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice.

California is home to over 500,000 Vietnam veterans, many of whom did not receive the respect and gratitude they deserved when they came home from their tours overseas. While we cannot change the past, we can properly honor our Vietnam veterans today by giving them the thanks and recognition they deserve.

I am proud to present Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pins at commemorative events in partnership with local veteran groups in the 21st Congressional District. Pinning ceremonies are an opportunity to recognize the veterans and family members who made an incredible sacrifice to our country with a lasting memento of the Nation’s thanks.

If your veterans organization would like to partner on a Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pinning Ceremony, please call my Hanford office at 559-460-6070.

If you, or a family member, are a Vietnam veteran and interested in participating in a pinning ceremony, please fill out this form.

I look forward to having the opportunity to shake your hand and thank you personally for your service to our nation.

We owe a great debt of gratitude to those who fight to preserve our freedom. Our men and women in uniform deserve the highest quality care when they return home. From access to high quality health care, to education opportunities and other readjustment assistance, I am committed to working hard for the veterans in the 21st Congressional District.

Constituent service for veterans is a priority for my district office staff.  I make every effort possible to educate and provide assistance to veterans regarding their well-deserved federal benefits.

While Congress works through this difficult budget environment it is important to minimize the impact on programs that our service members, retirees, and veterans rely on. As a country, it is our duty to respect the memory of those lost and honor those who have fought for our freedom.

Our budget should not be balanced on the backs of our nation’s veterans, which is why I introduced legislation, H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, which awards the presumption of service connection for diseases association with the herbicide Agent Orange to Vietnam veterans who served in the territorial seas of the Republic of Vietnam. This presumption of service connection existed prior to 2002, and it is important for Congress to restore this presumption no matter the cost. 

I will work to make certain we never forget or take for granted the sacrifices our veterans and their families made to preserve the freedoms you and I enjoy.