We have a sacred responsibility to those who have served our country in uniform. As a daughter, sister, and niece of veterans, I take no responsibility more personally and seriously. When I came to Congress, the very first committee I asked to serve on was the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Both here in Ventura County and at the national level, I have made it my priority to put our nation’s veterans first.

That means helping our servicemembers transition back into civilian life and caring for our veterans by ensuring they all receive timely, high-quality healthcare and benefits they have earned and deserve. It also means tackling veterans homelessness and unemployment and addressing high suicide rates that continue to plague our nation’s heroes.

  • June 2019
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    Brownley Introduces Bill to Ensure Women Veterans’ Have Access to Gender-Specific Care

    Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health and Women Veterans Task Force, introduced the Women Veterans Equal Access to Quality Care Act, which would ensure that gender-specific services are continuously available at every VA medical center and community-based outpatient clinic for our nation’s women veterans.

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  • May 2019
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    Brownley Announces Members of the Bipartisan Women Veterans Task Force

    Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee’s new Women Veterans Task Force, announced the 48 members and participants of the bipartisan group of lawmakers that will work to promote inclusivity and equitable access to resources, benefits, and healthcare for women veterans.

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    Brownley Introduces Bill to Expand VA Counseling Program for Women Veterans

    Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health and Women Veterans Task Force, introduced the Building Supportive Networks for Women Veterans‎ Act, a bill that would expand and make permanent the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pilot program on counseling in retreat settings for women veterans coping with post-traumatic stress (PTS) and other wounds of war.

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  • Health Care Shouldn’t be a Battle for Female Vets

    The first female combat veteran was wounded in action in 1782 while serving in George Washington’s army during the Revolutionary War. Deborah Sampson, disguised as a man, was shot twice in the leg. Terrified she would be discovered, she removed one of the bullets herself. Her leg never fully healed. After the war, she married and became a mother. While Congress granted her a pension in 1805, Deborah Sampson continued to struggle with the long-term health impacts of her combat wounds for the rest of her life.

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    Rep. Brownley Announces Sen. Tammy Duckworth Will Lead New Women Veterans Task Force Efforts in Senate

    Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA) today announced the launch of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee’s new bipartisan Women Veterans Task Force and that Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), an Army veteran, will spearhead a corresponding effort in the Senate. The mission of the Task Force is to increase the visibility of the two million women veterans living in the United States and to promote inclusivity and equitable access to resources, benefits, and healthcare for women veterans.

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    House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Launches Bipartisan Women Veterans Task Force

    Today, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs launched a new bipartisan Women Veterans Task Force to increase the visibility of the two million women veterans living in the United States and to promote inclusivity and equitable access to resources, benefits, and healthcare for women veterans. The Task Force will be chaired by Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA), who is also the Chairwoman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Health Subcommittee.

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    Brownley Highlights Bill Inspired by Gold Star Mom to Support Survivors of Medal of Honor Recipients at Committee Hearing

    Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA) today spoke about her bill to support the survivors of Medal of Honor recipients during a House Veterans’ Affairs Disability and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee hearing. Under current law, the special pension awarded to a Medal of Honor recipient does not go to the survivors of the honoree. Brownley’s bill would rectify this injustice to take a small step to repay loved ones who have lost so much.

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  • April 2019
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    Sen. Brown & Rep. Brownley Introduce Bill to Give Children of Disabled Vets Same Access to Health Care As Other Young People Under ACA

    Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA) today introduced legislation to allow children of disabled veterans to remain eligible for VA healthcare until they are 26 years old – the same coverage required under the Affordable Care Act for private-sector insurance plans, as well as the military’s TRICARE program.

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  • March 2019
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    Brownley Introduces Bill to Expand VA’s Holistic Medical Services to Reduce Opioid Use and Better Treat Wounds of War

    Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health, today introduced a bill that would improve access and research at VA for evidence-based complementary and integrative medicine – services that may include animal-assisted therapy, acupuncture, and hypnosis – aimed at helping our nation’s veterans reduce dependence on opioids and better treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic pain, and other conditions.

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    Brownley Introduces Two Bills to Fix VA Funding Process & Ensure Veterans Get Care They Need

    Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Health Subcommittee, today introduced two bills to ensure that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has the resources it needs to care for America’s heroes. The Veterans Healthcare Improvement Act would require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct an independent audit of VA’s medical care budget so that Congress can ensure there are enough resources for veterans to get the care they’ve earned and deserve. The Build a Better VA Act would fix a bureaucratic budgeting rule that is an unnecessary roadblock to quickly expanding veterans’ access to VA care in underserved communities across the nation.

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  • February 2019
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    House Passes Brownley Bill to Expand Child Care Program to Improve Veterans’ Access to Healthcare

    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act (H.R. 840), a bill introduced by Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Health Subcommittee, to break down barriers for veterans to access healthcare. This legislation will make permanent the VA’s Child Care Pilot Program and expand it so that veterans across the nation who are parents, grandparents, or other caretakers of young children have a convenient, cost-free child care option when they have VA medical appointments. Congressman Brian Higgins (D-NY) was the original co-sponsor of the bill, and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced similar legislation in the Senate on Monday.

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