Assemblymember Holly Mitchell and Rep. Karen Bass Honor Women Vets
California federal and state legislators hold special event to recognize women vets and announce available assistance for servicemembers
LOS ANGELES – During a special event to recognize the commitments and sacrifices of women veterans, Assemblymember Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and Congressmember Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) honored a female vet, Lauren Williams, and a veterans service organization, Military Women in Need, for their exemplary service to America's veterans.
As the fastest growing segment of the veteran population, women veterans often face unique challenges when returning home from combat. With more than 166,000 women veterans in California, the largest number in the country, California federal and state legislators are developing solutions to provide vets with assistance to find adequate housing, healthcare and jobs.
During the event, Assemblywoman Mitchell and Rep. Bass provided updates on federal and state legislation that supports veterans, including two bills President Barack Obama recently signed into law, the Returning Heroes and Wounded Warrior Tax Credit Acts. The Returning Heroes Tax Credit provides businesses that hire unemployed veterans with a maximum credit of $5,600 per veteran, and the Wounded Warriors Tax Credit offers businesses that hire veterans with service-connected disabilities up to $9,600 in tax credits per veteran.
It is important that the State of California recognize the sacrifices that women veterans have made, and work to address their specific concerns, noted Assemblywoman Mitchell. While the Legislature has recently passed some critical laws to benefit veterans, there is much more work to be done. I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure that we keep the issues of veterans front and center.
Just yesterday, President Obama signed into law two initiatives included in the American Jobs Act that will help put our veterans back to work, said Rep. Bass. This legislation is an example of the progress Congress can make when we come together in a bi-partisan fashion to make a real difference. I will continue to work diligently with my colleagues to ensure that the men and women who bravely serve our country have the necessary resources when they return home.
The awards of recognition were also given:
Veteran Lauren Johnson: Lauren Johnson grew up in Austin, Texas and graduated from California State University at Dominguez Hills with a bachelor's degree in digital media arts. She enlisted in the Marines Corps in 2002 in response to the tragic events on September 11, 2001, and served from 2003 to 2007 with one tour in Iraq from 2006 to 2007. While in Iraq, Johnson operated in surrounding Forward Operating Bases which include various Civilian Military Operations Centers. Johnson recently joined the staff of Congressmember Karen Bass as the Constituent Services Representative as a Wounded Warrior Fellow.
Military Women in Need: For more than 80 years, Military Women in Need have provided housing and subsidy assistance to military women in need throughout the Spanish-American War, both World Wars, the Korean War and Vietnam.