LOS ANGELES – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) expressed her appreciation for the patriotic service and courageous sacrifice of veterans, servicemembers, and military families as she participated in several Veterans Day events across the 43rd Congressional District.
“I extend my heartfelt gratitude to millions of courageous veterans and military families in California’s 43rd District and across the country,” said Congresswoman Maxine Waters. “Our veterans are real-life heroes, and we will forever be indebted to these brave men and women who have answered the call to serve in our nation’s military.”
Congresswoman Waters obtained and presented U.S. Army Captain Moses R. Green with five medals that he earned, but never received, for his service during the Korean War. They include the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters; the National Defense Service Medal; the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; the United Nations Service Medal; and the Korean Defense Service Medal. Congresswoman Waters presented the awards to Captain Green and his family in Los Angeles on November 6, which was also Captain Green’s 90th birthday.
Congresswoman Waters also joined the United States Veterans Initiative (U.S. Vets) for their Veteran’s Day Brunch on November 8 in Inglewood. During the event, Congresswoman Waters not only expressed her gratitude for servicemembers and their families, but she also discussed her legislative efforts on their behalf in Congress.
On November 11, Congresswoman Waters joined military families across her district at the Veterans Day Family Freedom Festival in Hawthorne, which was hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Department of California District 4.
“It continues to be my utmost honor to fight every day on behalf of servicemembers and their families in the U.S. Congress,” said Congresswoman Waters. “Just as we pledge to never leave a soldier on the battlefield, we must also ensure that they have health care, disability benefits, housing, higher education and training, and assistance to transition back into society and the civilian workforce when they return home from service.”
Congresswoman Waters is one of the strongest advocates for veterans and military families in the U.S. Congress. She is the architect of the legislation that created the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) Center for Women Veterans, a special bureau within the VA that ensures healthcare benefits and other programs for women veterans. She also led efforts to enact legislation to obtain a 50-year lease for a building on the West Los Angeles VA grounds that established New Directions, a social service agency that provides housing and rehabilitation to homeless veterans, and she was responsible for the creation of the Gardena Community Based Outpatient Clinic that provides primary care and mental healthcare to veterans.
Furthermore, Congresswoman Waters’ support for the veteran community in her district extends to her close partnerships with U.S. Vets, local chapters of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, her nearly 20-year-old program through the Hawthorne Veterans of Foreign Wars that provides transportation for more than 200 veterans during the Thanksgiving holiday, and direct constituent services and case work through her Los Angeles office for veterans residing in the 43rd Congressional District.