March 19, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, on the 12th anniversary of the Iraq War, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-CA-33) launched the bipartisan Post-9/11 Veterans Caucus alongside Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI-02), Congressman Scott Perry (R-PA-04), Congressman Ruben Gallego (D-AZ-07), Congressman Mark Takai (D-HI-01) and Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA-06).

“As a veteran and an Air Force reservist, I am honored to join Representatives Gabbard, Perry, Takai, Moulton and Gallego in today’s launch of the Post-9/11 Veterans Caucus,” said Congressman Lieu. “No veteran in America should face a crisis of health security, homelessness, unemployment, substance abuse or post-traumatic stress.  My district in Los Angeles is home to the largest VA healthcare system, as well as one of the largest homeless veteran populations. VA Secretary McDonald has led a reinvigorated effort to confront the challenges we face at the West LA campus, and there remains much work to be done. As a bipartisan group of current and former servicemembers, I am hopeful that the Post-9/11 Veterans Caucus will be able to help veterans issues cut across party lines and find innovative solutions to protect and promote our veteran community.”

The Congressional Post-9/11 Veterans Caucus will include a bipartisan group of Members who have served in the military after 9/11, and who are dedicated to issues related to our newest generation of veterans. The caucus’ legislative agenda will focus on the 2.8 million veterans who have served and deployed since 9/11, and provide a forum for this new generation of veterans to voice their concerns and ideas.

The Congressional Post-9/11 Veterans Caucus is focused on empowering the most recent generation of veterans to continue their commitment to service and carry on their mission of a stronger and more prosperous America.  The Caucus will strive to improve veterans’ transition to civilian life, reduce the Veterans Affairs disability claims backlog, promote education, entrepreneurship, and employment opportunities, and ensure responsive, expedient, and effective services for veterans.  The Congressional Post-9/11 Veterans Caucus will join forces to better serve our newest generation of veterans.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and Congressman Scott Perry, both veterans of the Iraq war, will serve as Co-Chairs of the Congressional Post-9/11 Veterans Caucus.