• August 2016
  • Ventura County board endorses St. Francis Dam memorial

    A bill that would establish a national memorial to honor the victims of the St. Francis Dam disaster was endorsed Tuesday by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors. The bill has passed the House and is pending in the U.S. Senate. Rep. Julia Brownley, who appeared before supervisors to seek their support, said afterward that […]

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  • VA doctors and patients hook up through cameras and television screens

    Zachary Walker had his doubts about seeing a Department of Veterans Affairs doctor in Sepulveda through a two-way camera and television screen. The Navy veteran from Ventura wondered how she would check him over or listen to his heart. But his concerns about telemedicine were trumped by the frustrating alternative: It would take two months […]

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  • Skype with your doc? ‘Telehealth’ shortens wait times for vets in Ventura County

    Military veterans in Ventura County needing specialty medical care are increasingly seeing their providers through a Skype-like app. The Department of Veterans Affairs calls it “telehealth.” Traffic on the highways between the V.A. outpatient clinic in Oxnard and the veterans hospital in Westwood is a big reason for the change. It simply took too long […]

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  • Brownley sees challenges, progress on visit to Oxnard veterans clinic

    Rep. Julia Brownley got a firsthand look at the operations of Oxnard's outpatient facility for veterans on Tuesday, greeting patients and speaking with staff about their needs. The outpatient clinic on Universe Circle has been identified as having one of the worst backlogs for patient appointments. Compared to other Department of Veterans Affairs outpatient clinics, […]

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  • June 2016
  • California Democrats join House sit-in

    WASHINGTON — House Democrats, including at least nine from California, staged an ongoing sit-in in the House Chamber Wednesday to demand that Speaker Paul Ryan permit a vote on gun safety legislation. They vowed not to allow a scheduled House break for Independence Day and to occupy the floor until the vote is allowed. “No bill, no break,” they […]

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  • May 2016
  • Turned-off alarm delayed response to Refugio oil spill, federal report says

    WASHINGTON — An alarm that should have notified a Plains All American Pipeline operator of a rupture had been turned off, delaying the response to a devastating oil spill a year ago at Refugio State Beach, officials with the federal pipeline safety agency said Thursday. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration released its final investigative […]

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  • April 2016
  • Buena teacher receives Bronze Star for his wartime heroism 10 years ago

    With hundreds of students looking on, Buena High School social studies teacher Emmet S. Cullen received a Bronze Star with Valor on Thursday for his heroic actions 10 years ago during the Iraq War, when he was a sergeant in the U.S. Army. U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley came to the short midday ceremony in the […]

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  • March 2016
  • Shunned decades ago, Vietnam vets are honored and thanked

    At the front of a room filled with Vietnam veterans, a blue banner offered this message Tuesday: “A grateful nation thanks and honors you.” Bill Rowley, wearing his Army 1st Calvary Division cap, remembered people glaring at him as he walked through a San Francisco airport on his way back from the Vietnam War in 1970. […]

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  • Female armed forces veterans bound by service, sacrifice

      FINDING COMMON GROUND—Shawn Terris of Ventura, left, a veteran and former motor transport officer in the Marine Corps, expresses her concerns about sexual assaults in the military at U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley’s roundtable discussion March 10 at the Camarillo Library. Below, Connie Hanson, who is retired from the U.S. Air National Guard, discusses the […]

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  • Women veterans talk about assault, bias and identity crisis

    JUAN CARLO/THE STAR Shawn Terris of Ventura speaks to U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley in a roundtable event for women veterans in Camarillo. Terris served in the Marine Corps. Posted: March 10, 2016    JUAN CARLO/THE STAR U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley walks into a roundtable event for women veterans at the Camarillo Public Library. JUAN CARLO/THE STAR […]

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  • February 2016
  • Brownley’s legislation raises awareness of suicides among women veterans

    Rep. Julia Brownley has won unanimous House approval of her first solo piece of legislation. It will come as no surprise to those who have followed her career in Washington that it is focused on veterans. The Westlake Village Democrat introduced a House resolution about the growing problem of women veterans' suicides. It was passed […]

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  • House passes bill focused on mental health of female veterans

    Under a House bill passed Tuesday, the Department of Veterans Affairs would have to look closely at whether its mental health and suicide prevention programs meet the needs of the growing number of female veterans. A study released over the summer found that women who have served in the military commit suicide at nearly six times the […]

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  • Alarming Suicide Trend Among Women Vets Targeted By Rep. Brownley Bill

    The U.S. House passed the measure, authored by Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Calif., by voice vote. Female veterans are six times more likely to commit suicide than non-veteran females. The Ventura County Star: Brownley Bill Aims To Reduce Suicides Among Female Military Veterans Seeking to implement the most effective methods of preventing suicide by female military […]

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  • Study of female veterans suicide would be required, under new legislation

    The Veterans Affairs Department needs to better understand the problem of suicide among female veterans and determine how best to treat at-risk women, according to a bill passed by the House of Representatives on Tuesday. The Female Veterans Suicide Prevention bill, HR 2915, would require VA to identify mental health and suicide prevention programs that […]

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  • Ventura Harbor gets extra $2.5 million to dredge massive sand buildup

    WASHINGTON — The Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to spend an additional $2.5 million for dredging built-up sand at Ventura Harbor, Rep. Julia Brownley announced Tuesday. The Westlake Village Democrat has been working with stakeholders to coordinate the response to an unusual buildup of sand that raised safety concerns and led to the closure […]

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  • Brownley bill aims to reduce suicides among female military veterans

    WASHINGTON — Seeking to implement the most effective methods of preventing suicide by female military veterans, the House passed a bill authored by Rep. Julia Brownley by voice vote Tuesday. Women veterans are six times as likely to commit suicide as non-veteran women, according to studies conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The National […]

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  • July 2015
  • A laser focus on providing care to our veterans

    Ventura County Star Since being elected to Congress, and serving as the ranking member on the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health, my top priority has been ensuring that Ventura County’s veterans receive quality care in a timely manner. When I first came to Congress, the Oxnard Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) was understaffed and […]

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