Congressman Lieu participates in announcement that VA lawsuit has been settled

January 28, 2015
Press Release

Los Angeles, CA – Today, Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert A. McDonald visited the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center to announce that a groundbreaking settlement has been reached by the parties in the pending appeal in Valentini v. McDonald.  The agreement will address ending homelessness among Veterans in Los Angeles and will include the development of a comprehensive master plan followed by robust implementation.

“I am delighted that Secretary McDonald has come to Los Angeles to announce that this nearly four-year-old lawsuit has finally been resolved.  I fully intend to actively participate in the development of the master plan and ensure the process is both transparent and inclusive.  The implementation that follows must be done with the urgency our nation’s heroes deserve,” said Congressman Lieu.

“Secretary McDonald deserves a tremendous amount of credit for this positive development.  I would also like to thank the Veterans who brought this case, as well as their advocates, including Mark Rosenbaum, formerly with the ACLU; Gary Blasi, UCLA School of Law Emeritus; Bobby Shriver; John Ulin and James Finsten with Arnold & Porter; Dave Sapp with the ACLU; Ron Olson with Munger, Tolles & Olson; Melissa Tyner and Amos Hartson with the Inner City Law Center; and Laurence Tribe with Harvard Law School.”

“This is a new day for the Veterans of Los Angeles.”

The West Los Angeles VA Medical Center is located in California’s 33rd Congressional District, which is represented by Congressman Lieu.  Congressman Lieu serves on the House Committees on Budget, and Oversight & Government Reform.  He is also the Democratic Freshman Class President.