Saying Thank You to Veterans

Dear Friend,

Our veterans have served our country honorably and deserve the very best care and services we can offer.  I am committed to serving veterans not just on Veterans Day, but every day of the year.  To truly serve veterans, we must be willing to sacrifice as much for them, as they have for us.

Serving our veterans means listening to their concerns and taking action.  This past month, our office hosted several events to assist our East Bay veterans from all generations.  Our office hosted a roundtable at Las Positas College to talk with Iraq and Afghanistan veterans about GI Benefits and reducing unemployment among veterans.  On Veterans Day, I was honored to celebrate and thank many East Bay veterans at Hayward City Hall.

For more information on the veterans events our office has hosted, check out this Contra Costa Times piece from November 6, 2013.

As your Member of Congress, I am dedicated to providing meaningful support to the men and women who have courageously served in the armed forces and their families.  The backlog of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits cases is troubling, which is why on November 2, our office held a “Coffee with your Congressman” dedicated for veterans to answer questions on the backlog at the Oakland VA and how we can best solve this issue.  I also have cosponsored fourteen bills to modernize the VA and make the benefits process more efficient.

I also am proud to share that our office has hired a Wounded Warrior fellow, Jason McCartney, who will be dedicated to helping veterans in the East Bay.  If you are experiencing trouble with your claim or appeal with the VA please contact Jason in our Hayward office for assistance at 510-370-3322.

I want to extend a sincere thank you to all of our brave veterans in the East Bay and throughout the country.  Their service and sacrifice must always be remembered by a grateful nation.


Eric Swalwell
Member of Congress