Congressman John Garamendi

Representing the 3rd District of California
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After Advocacy from Garamendi & Bipartisan Coalition in Congress, VA Secretary Reverses Course on Proposal that would have Harmed Disabled Veterans

July 11, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, along with a bipartisan coalition in Congress, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Davis, Fairfield, Yuba City) applauded Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin for reversing his plan to cut crucial unemployment benefits for disabled veterans. Last month, Congressman Garamendi joined over 60 of his colleagues in writing a letter to Secretary Shulkin imploring him to reconsider his proposed cuts to the Individual Unemployment (IU) benefits for retired-age veterans, which over 225,000 veterans rely upon nationwide. Secretary Shulkin had initially proposed to eliminate the program in his Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Submission, but has since decided to protect the program.

 “I’m incredibly relieved that Secretary Shulkin has reconsidered his decision to cut much-needed benefits for our nation’s veterans. Our men and women in uniform take enormous risks in defending our nation, and all too often they pay a great price for that sacrifice. They deserve the utmost respect and support when returning to civilian life, and as a Member of Congress, it is my responsibility to ensure the federal support our veterans have earned is protected from draconian cuts,” Congressman Garamendi said.

 “I’m incredibly proud to have worked with a bipartisan group of my colleagues to engage Secretary Shulkin on this subject, and I deeply respect Secretary Shulkin’s willingness to hear our argument and change his mind on this critically important matter,” Garamendi continued.

The full text of the letter that was sent to Secretary Shulkin can be viewed here, and Secretary Shulkin’s full response can be viewed here.