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.

  • September 2022
  • House passes bill to name clinic after woman veteran

    “While opening the new VA clinic in Ventura County has been my highest priority, I believe that naming the clinic after Captain Rosemary Bryant Mariner will provide us with yet another opportunity to recognize the service and sacrifice of women veterans. I could not be more pleased that the House has passed this bill to honor a truly distinguished veteran from our community.”

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    House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Passes Brownley’s Veterans Infertility Treatment Act

    Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley applauded the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs passage of the Veterans Infertility Treatment Act, legislation she authored which would make infertility care, including in-vitro fertilization, a part of VA health care for veterans struggling with infertility, regardless of marital status, sexual orientation, service-connection, or need for donated genetic material.

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  • New VA clinic opens Sept. 27 with promises of more care here, fewer trips to LA

    U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Westlake Village, led the drive for the new clinic and wrote the legislation for the site approved by Congress in 2017. Brownley has introduced a bill to name the new clinic for the late Navy Capt. Rosemary Bryant Mariner. She was the first woman to command an operational air squadron in 1990 at Ventura County’s Naval Air Station Point Mugu.

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  • August 2022
  • U.S. government freezing sperm of 1,000 war-on-terror veterans in pioneering study of high infertility rates among service-members who endured toxic burn pits, brain injuries and mental trauma in Iraq and Afghanistan

    California Democrat Julia Brownley in March 2021 reintroduced a House bill to ensure veterans can access in-vitro fertilization and other fertility care. The government had for too long “overlooked the healthcare needs of veterans who struggle with infertility,” she said.

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  • Op-ed: Veterans deserve the best health care has to offer

    “Age, combined with their unique health needs, makes many elderly veterans especially vulnerable to going into nursing homes and institutional care,” said Congresswoman Julia Brownley, Chair of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health, who introduced the Dole bill.  “Our nation’s veterans deserve the right to age comfortably and with dignity in their homes. The research is clear: providing health services and assistance in home settings improves health outcomes and delays, if not prevents, nursing home placement for people with disabilities and the elderly.”

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  • Congress and the VA Mission Act

    As Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA) noted in a July 14 hearing of the House Veterans’ Affairs Health Subcommittee, “spending on community care has increased by 116 percent over five years while investments in direct staff of VA medical facilities grew by only 32 percent. Why are VA’s investments in community care so vastly outpacing investments in in-house care?” she asked.

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  • U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Richard Blumenthal Introduce Senate Bill to Eliminate Co-Pays for Veterans Accessing Contraception

    “Choosing when, or if, to have a family is essential to women’s health and to their economic security. The Equal Access to Contraception for Veterans Act is another step toward ensuring all women have access to comprehensive contraceptive and reproductive health care,” said Congresswoman Brownley. “As Chairwoman of the Women Veterans Task Force, I am committed to identifying disparities in health care for women veterans and, where necessary, to introduce, advocate, and pass legislation that addresses those gaps.”

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  • July 2022
  • 3 Vietnam Marine veterans receive Bronze Stars more than 50 years later

    Congresswoman Julia Brownley, D-California, helped Ligato to speed up the Congressional process for Canley to obtain his award.

    “Humble in every interaction we had, Sergeant Major Canley always spoke of his fellow Marines,” she said in a statement. “They served as an inspiration to him, and they serve as an inspiration to us all to live up to the ideals of this great nation for which they served to protect.”

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    House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Authorizes Women Veterans Task Force, Passes Two Brownley Bills

    Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley released the following statement after the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs voted to authorize the Women Veterans Task Force and to pass her bills, the Elizabeth Dole Home and Community Based Service for Veterans and Caregivers Act and the Department of Veterans Affairs Continuing Professional Education Modernization Act.

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    Brownley, Welch Introduce Legislation to Update Travel Reimbursement for Veterans

    Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley and Congressman Peter Welch announced the introduction of H.R. 8398, the Driver Reimbursement Increase for Veteran Equity (DRIVE) Act. This bill would increase the Beneficiary Travel mileage reimbursement rate for eligible veterans for travel for health care appointments related to service-connected conditions.

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  • House: Banning Military Mothers Was Wrong

    Thousands of women were discharged because of pregnancy, and many received no separation benefits. The policy was rescinded in 1976 after a federal court ruled it was unconstitutional.

    The amendment to the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act, sponsored by Rep. Julia Brownley, who represents a district in Ventura County, California, passed by voice vote on July 13 as part of a package of amendments.

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    Brownley Statement on House Passage of FY2023 National Defense Authorization Act

    Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley released the following statement on House passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023, which includes several key legislative provisions she authored that support Naval Base Ventura County, ensure continued funding for critical firefighting response aircraft, and address gender equity in our military.

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    Brownley Applauds House Passage of the Honoring our PACT Act

    Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley applauded the House of Representatives’ passage of the Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act, a comprehensive legislative package to address the pressing needs of toxic-exposed veterans, including expanded access to healthcare and benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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  • Biden faces pressure to end abortion ban within the Department of Veterans Affairs

    In a post-Roe America, Democrats are increasingly turning to the White House for solutions and urging President Biden to use executive action to protect and expand abortion access. While Biden’s power is limited, a group of veterans argues he could expand access to care with the Department of Veterans Affairs, an idea with potentially big impact.

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  • June 2022
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    Brownley Applauds House Passage of Veterans Mental Health Bill

    Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley applauded House passage of the Support the Resilience of Our Nation’s Great Veterans Act (H.R. 6411) – or STRONG Act – to support veterans’ mental health and wellbeing through increased outreach, mental health care, suicide prevention, provider training, and research at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

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