The men and women who have served our nation in the military deserve our utmost respect and gratitude. We have a large Veterans population in the 36th Assembly District, and I believe it is our duty to ensure that they have what they need to stay in their homes and retire comfortably.

For many of our Veterans, times have been tough, and homelessness. This has become a serious issue. There were 44,359 homeless people many of them were our Veterans, in the Los Angeles County in 2015, according to the Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority.

That’s just wrong. I am proud to be the co-author of a measure that will authorize $600 million in general obligation bonds for the construction, rehabilitation, and preservation of affordable housing and transitional housing for Veterans and their families. This measure passed on the statewide ballot in June of 2014.

I served on the State Assembly Veteran’s committee authoring a transition assistance program for Veterans coming to California. Now I want to author legislation which will allow any Veteran to have full access at any local medical facility at no cost to our Veterans. Join me in giving back to our Veterans who have given so much to protect our freedom.

As an Assembly representative, my office held a Veterans Resource Fair in Palmdale. We brought together representatives from a variety of agencies that provide services for Veterans, from career assistance to family resources, housing assistance, educational opportunities and planning for life after someone’s military service ends.

I will continue to work with Veterans and the organizations that serve them to ensure our military families get the help they need, whether they are currently serving our nation or they have retired from military service.