Taking Care of Our Troops and Veterans

 

Our men and women in uniform risk their lives to keep us safe. Congresswoman Porter honors that sacrifice by fighting to make sure they and their families are taken care of while they serve and when they return. 

In 2019, Congresswoman Porter was the first freshman Congressmember to tour the Long Beach VA, which serves Orange County veterans. She’s also toured the Veterans Resource Center at Irvine Valley College and the Goodwill of Orange County’s Tierney Center for Veteran Services, which connect our veterans to the resources they need to succeed in civilian life.

Congresswoman Porter has authored amendments to increase federal funding to fight veteran homelessness and help veterans in crisis. She also led a successful bipartisan effort to ensure that veterans calling the Veterans Crisis Line receive the help they need. 

Congresswoman Porter fought to include several provisions to a key national defense bill that support military and veteran families, all of which passed the House with bipartisan support and were signed into law by President Trump. Two Porter provisions would require an investigation into any retaliation against military families that report issues with private housing and create a partnership program between military and civilian academic medical centers, as well as teaching hospitals, that treat burn victims. Congresswoman Porter also championed a provision to require the military to correct the records of and service members discharged solely due to their sexual orientation and reinstate the benefits they earned. She helped pass an initiative to allow spouses of servicemembers who are critically injured or die to terminate their leases and supported the legislation to repeal the “widow’s tax” on benefits collected by families of fallen servicemembers. 

Congresswoman Porter believes that veterans should be able to access the benefits that they have earned. She introduced the Veteran Service Equity Act with Rep. Mike Levin, which would expand the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program to include employees of non-partisan Veteran Service Organizations.