Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) toured the Tibor Rubin VA Medical Center, a facility that is part of the VA Long Beach Healthcare System (VALBHS), to see first-hand the care and services VA is providing our veterans. Brownley also toured the departments that are unique to the Long Beach VA, including the women’s health clinic; the Maj. Charles Robert Soltes, Jr. Blind Rehabilitation Center (BRC) that helps blinded veterans achieve greater independence; and the Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders (SCI) Center, including its long-term care unit which provides life-saving treatment.

“One of my top priorities in Congress is to ensure our nation’s veterans have access to high-quality health care that meets their unique needs,” said Congresswoman Brownley. “It was a true pleasure to tour the Tibor Rubin VA Medical Center in Long Beach, California to see their unique healthcare units and meet with veterans and staff alike to hear about the services and programs provided at this facility and what we can do to improve them to meet our veterans’ needs.

“I was also pleased to have a chance to visit the women’s health clinic, which provides critical, gender-specific care to thousands of women veterans; and, it was especially heartening to see the great care that the Blind Rehabilitation Center (BRC) is providing to blinded veterans that is so vital for their quality of life and independence. Additionally, I was delighted to learn that as a result of my efforts to expand VA’s beneficiary travel benefit to severely disabled and blinded veterans, this population of veterans has greater access to quality, timely, and comprehensive care at these specialty rehabilitation centers.

“In Congress, I will continue to work to ensure that all our VA facilities are providing the healthcare services that our veterans have earned and deserve.”

During the tour, Brownley also met with primary care providers and Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACT) to discuss VA’s delivery of care system to provide more patient-centric care.

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