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February 12, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representatives Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (D-CA-39) and Brian Mast (R-FL-18) introduce bipartisan legislation to prevent veteran suicide and substance use problems.

February 6, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representatives Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (D-CA-39) and Jack Bergman (R-MI-1), Co-Chairs of the Military Transition Assistance Pathway (MTAP) Caucus, hosted an off-the-record roundtable with several Veteran Service Organization (VSOs) and members of the MTAP Caucus. The discussion focused on insight into the transition assistance curriculum and how Congress can better improve transition assistance for our servicemembers and veterans.
January 23, 2020 Press Release
LOS ANGELES, CA - Today, Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) announced new legislation providing Korean American Vietnam Veterans with access to healthcare by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Introduced in the House on Monday, January 13, 2020, Korean American Day, the Korean American Vietnam Allies Long Overdue for Relief (VALOR) Act would entitle Korean American Vietnam Veterans to hospital and domiciliary care and medical services in the United States through the VA. The bill’s original co-sponsors include Reps. Judy Chu (CA-27), Suzan DelBene (WA-1), Jimmy Gomez (CA-34), Andy Kim (NJ-3), Grace Meng (NY-6), and Bill Pascrell (NJ-9). To view the text of the bill, click here.
January 15, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) praised the passage of a pair of bills addressing homelessness. The two bills that passed the House include the Veteran HOUSE Act of 2020 and the Homeless Assistance Act of 2019. Rep. Cisneros is a co-sponsor of both bills.
December 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) praised the signing of the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law. Rep. Cisneros is a Navy veteran, Member of the House Armed Services Committee, and a conferee on the NDAA Conference Committee reconciling the House and Senate versions of the FY 2020 NDAA. The annual NDAA authorizes funding for Department of Defense (DoD) and involves millions of military and civilian personnel, thousands of facilities, and commands located around the world.

December 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) cosponsored bipartisan legislation to restore eligibility to servicemembers seeking to transfer their educational benefits to dependents. The Post-9/11 GI Bill Transferability Entitlement Act ensures that all servicemembers who have completed ten years of service in the Armed Forces are eligible to transfer their benefits to dependents at any time, both while serving on active duty and as a veteran.

December 17, 2019 Casework Success Story
I was happy to help a veteran who is applying for Gulf War Illness benefits. His application had been held up because he had not been able to schedule a required assessment physical for nearly six months. With the help of the Loma Linda VA’s Congressional Liaisons Office, we were able to get him that appointment. He came in on Friday and by the next Thursday, we got him a timely appointment that had been holding up his claim for months.
December 17, 2019 Casework Success Story
My office assisted a World War II and Korean War Veteran from Fullerton with obtaining his lost discharge papers. The constituent and his family needed new copies of his DD-214 in order to verify his service and set up end of life plans for burial at the National Veterans Cemetery in Riverside. After my office submitted an inquiry and provided the relevant documentation, the National Records Center successfully completed the records request in a timely manner and mailed his discharge papers to my office.
December 16, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (D-CA-39) released the following statement after the passage of his Servicewomen’s Health Transition Training Act, which will soon go to the President’s desk for signature as part of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Rep. Cisneros introduced this bipartisan legislation with Representatives Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA-06) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21). The bill requires the Defense Department (DoD) to encourage servicewomen who are separating from the Armed Forces to participate in the Women’s Health Transition Training pilot program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This pilot program is specifically geared towards helping women transitioning from the military learn about healthcare at the VA, employment opportunities, and other services available to help with their successful transition to civilian life.
December 6, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (D-CA-39) joined Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus Representative Katherine Clark (D-MA-5) and Representatives David McKinley (R-WV-1), Elissa Slotkin (D-MI-08), Steve Stivers (R-OH-15), and Glenn Thompson (R-PA-15) to introduce the Support for Veterans in Effective Apprenticeships Act, H.R. 5314, a bipartisan bill that would improve veterans’ access to registered apprenticeships. The Senate companion bill was introduced by Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) and passed on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. The Representatives are hoping for quick adoption of this bipartisan legislation by the House.