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.

  • January 2020
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    Brownley and Takano Shame VA for Flippant Response to Sexual Assault Allegations

    Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (CA-26), Chairwoman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health, and House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) issued the following statements after VA released a letter calling into question a Committee staffer’s allegations of sexual assault at a VA facility this September. In the letter, Secretary Wilkie claimed, “We believe that VA is a safe place for all Veterans to enter and receive care and services, but the unsubstantiated claims raised by you and your staff could deter our veterans from seeking the care they need and deserve.”

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    Brownley Introduces Bill to Expand Drug and Alcohol Treatment Programs for Women Veterans

    Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley, Chairwoman of the Women Veterans Task Force, introduced the Women Veterans Therapeutic Transitional Residence in Urban Settings Act, also known as the TRUST Act, which would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to analyze the need for long-term, residential, women-specific drug and alcohol dependency treatment and rehabilitation programs, as well as carry out a related pilot program.

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  • November 2019
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    Brownley’s Deborah Sampson Act Passes House

    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Deborah Sampson Act, legislation authored by Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village), which will address inequities and barriers that women veterans face when accessing VA care and benefits. The bill is named after a Revolutionary War veteran, Deborah Sampson Gannett, who served in the Continental Army from 1782-1783 and was awarded a full military pension for her military service after years of petitioning Congress.

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  • October 2019
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    Brownley’s Deborah Sampson Act Passes House Veterans’ Affairs Committee 

    Today, the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee approved the Deborah Sampson Act, legislation authored by Health Subcommittee Chairwoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village), which will address inequities and barriers that women veterans face when accessing VA care and benefits. The bill is named after a Revolutionary War veteran, Deborah Sampson Gannett , who served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War and who was awarded a full military pension for her military service.

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    Brownley Bill to Protect Veterans from Financial Fraud Gets Hearing

    Today, the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (DAMA) held a hearing on the Protect Veterans from Financial Fraud Act (H.R. 592), authored by Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village). This legislation will ensure that veterans are better protected from fraud and abuse. 

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    Brownley Announces New Community Clinic for Veterans in Ventura County

    Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) announced that U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded a lease for a new 41,000-square foot Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Ventura County.  Congresswoman Brownley’s bill authorizing VA to move forward with this facility passed Congress in 2017.

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  • September 2019
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    Brownley Introduces Bill to End Harassment and Sexual Assault at VA

    Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) introduced the Stop Harassment and Sexual Assault at VA Act, legislation urgently needed to implement a department-wide policy to stop harassment and sexual assault that too often occurs at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities throughout the country.

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    Brownley Named to Conference Committee for National Defense Authorization Act

    Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA) was named to the House-Senate conference committee for the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2020. Conferees are responsible for resolving differences between the House and Senate-passed versions of the defense authorization legislation before it is brought back to the chambers for a final vote. Brownley was appointed by Speaker Pelosi because of her steady and consistent leadership on national defense and veterans’ issues.

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    Hearing Held on Brownley’s Women Veterans Task Force Bills

    Yesterday, Chairwoman Brownley and the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health held a legislative hearing to discuss a package of bills, developed by the Women Veterans Task Force, to improve equity for the delivery of healthcare for women who have served in our nation’s Armed Forces.

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  • August 2019