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November 11, 2015

Aguilar Announces Veterans Advisory Board

On Veterans Day, Rep. Pete Aguilar announced the creation of his Veterans Advisory Board.  The committee of local veterans, veteran assistance non-profit organizations, education facilities, and veteran employment groups met with Rep. Aguilar earlier this week in San Bernardino to discuss local and national initiatives to connect veterans with job opportunities. The Veterans Advisory Board is comprised of community members on a rotating basis to tackle a variety of issues facing veterans, including employment, health care, the VA backlog, homelessness and more. Rep. Aguilar will meet regularly with the board to address these problems facing veterans in the Inland Empire community.  

“Today we remember and honor our heroic service members who’ve risked and sacrificed everything to keep families in the Inland Empire like yours and mine safe and free.  As we pay tribute to our men and women in uniform, we also recommit to supporting our veterans when they return,” said Rep. Aguilar.

He continued, “As we focus on getting veterans back to work, it’s important that community members weigh in on what we can do at the local and federal level. We need to expand job opportunities for veterans on the ground in the community as well as through policy in Congress. I’m grateful to have the input of our local veterans and organizations on how we can connect them with jobs, and I look forward to working together to help our veterans get access to the resources and tools they need to succeed when they come home.”

Rep. Aguilar serves on the House Armed Services Committee.  He’s cosponsored and supported a number of initiatives to help put veterans back to work, confront health care concerns and combat veteran homelessness. After taking office in January of this year, Rep. Aguilar convened a Veterans Roundtable to set the parameters for his Veterans Advisory Board.