Swalwell Hosts Inaugural Veterans Advisory Commission Meeting with New Oakland VA Director (PHOTOS)
DUBLIN, CA – U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell (CA-15) today hosted the inaugural meeting of his Veterans Advisory Commission. He was joined at the meeting by Julianna Boor, the newly appointed Director of the Oakland VA Regional Benefit Office. The Advisory Commission discussed the appeals process for benefits, ending the benefits backlog, and vocational programs offered by Oakland VA.
“One of my top priorities remains standing up for those who served us. Having a commission made up of veterans and veterans’ service organizations will greatly assist me and my office in doing that,” said Swalwell. “I thank Director Boor for participating in this meeting and appreciate her willingness to join me at a future veterans-focused town hall. The VA’s benefits backlog at Oakland is a concern to all, and I look forward to continuing to work with Director Boor and veterans in the East Bay to take immediate steps so veterans may quickly access the benefits they earned and deserve.
"I enjoyed the opportunity to participate in this meeting with Congressman Swalwell and East Bay veterans,” said Director Boor. “Everyone seemed to be open to new solutions, such as our eBenefits online claim service. I appreciated the candor regarding things that we need to improve upon and I am looking forward to new ideas that will come out of future meetings."
"I was honored to be a part of this informational meeting,”said Marine veteran and Las Positas College student Justin Paige. “Having Director Boor here was a huge help. It was very relieving to see the network of assistance available since I am just beginning the process. I am looking forward to the town hall next year and future events."
The Advisory Commission meeting was also attended by local student veterans, Veteran Service Officers from Alameda County, and representatives from non-profits focused on the veteran community.
Swalwell has been an active critic of the benefits backlog at the Oakland VA. Since taking office, he has helped veterans receive more than $1 million in retroactive benefits such as disability payments for local veterans. He cosponsored several bills to speed up benefits processing, such as H.R. 1729, the VA Claims, Operations, and Records Efficiency Act, which would require the Department of Defense to provide electronic records to the VA within 21 days.
Photos of the Veterans Advisory Commission meeting are below: