Honoring our Korean American Vietnam Vets
I want to wish families across California’s 39th District a very Happy Lunar New Year! I’m proud to represent our district’s vibrant Asian American and Pacific Islander community, one of the largest and most diverse in the country, and recognize their many significant contributions to the 39th District. In celebrating the Year of the Rat, I hope this new year is filled with good fortune, health, and prosperity for families everywhere.
I am also excited to share with you that last week, I unveiled new legislation providing our Korean American Vietnam Veterans with access to healthcare from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Introduced in the House on Korean American Day, the Korean American Vietnam Allies Long Overdue for Relief (VALOR) Act provides VA healthcare to nearly 3,000 Korean American Vietnam Veterans.
Many of them met with me last year and urged for change. And this past week, we took the first step in making that happen. I firmly believe that all of our veterans deserve quality healthcare, and it’s time we do right by them. That is why my legislation is supported by the Korean American Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc. and the Korean American Federation of Los Angeles.
Korean American Vietnam Veterans may have served under a different flag during the Vietnam War, but they served with the same duty, honor, and valor as our United States servicemembers. As a Navy Veteran and a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I stand with all our Veterans throughout California’s 39th District, and I will continue to fight for them and ensure they all have access to the healthcare they deserve.
I am humbled to serve you in Congress.
Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr.
Member of Congress