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Congressman Brad Sherman

Representing the 30th District of CALIFORNIA

Providing Constituent Services to Valley Veterans and Other Valley Residents

  

Dec 3, 2010
Opinion-Editorial

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My primary responsibility is serving the people of the San Fernando Valley.

Our celebration of Veterans Day last month was a reminder of the special debt that we owe to those in our community who have served in uniform.

Our military pledges to “leave no soldier behind” on the battlefield.  In Congress, we must “leave no veteran behind” when they return home from service. Our veterans deserve additional assistance re-integrating into the workforce when they return from active duty, and I want to do everything I can to keep our promises to veterans. 

My staff and I regularly assist veterans who need help with VA disability benefits, veterans’ and survivors’ pensions, VA medical services, burial benefits, obtaining and correcting military records, and awarding overdue or lost military service medals. 

For example, Esther Gaudenti’s husband was a veteran who received a Purple Heart, and she had been receiving survivor’s benefits from the VA since his death. When she required 24-hour care in 2008, her son applied for an increase in her benefit amount based on increased medical expenses. When this application stalled in the VA bureaucracy, Esther’s son contacted my office. We helped move the claim forward and, in 2009, Esther was awarded increased benefits, including a retroactive payment.

Of course, my office is dedicated to solving problems for all local residents and businesses that are dealing with federal agencies.  While my staff and I cannot order a federal agency to decide a matter in your favor, we usually can help you get a prompt response.

Specifically, we can assist by helping to determine which health care services are eligible for Medicare coverage and assist with reimbursement difficulties.  We can provide information about various Social Security programs; including retirement and survivor benefits, disability and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and we can help resolve problems with the Social Security Administration.

Similarly, my office can help businesses by providing information about the Small Business Administration (SBA) loan programs and seminars, and about opportunities to sell goods and services to the U.S. Government.  We may also be able help obtain assistance from federal agencies which promote U.S. exports.

In addition, my office may be able to help with appointments to military academies, visas and naturalization, IRS problems, passports, student financial aid, and postal service issues.

 

Finally, both my Washington and Valley offices offer unpaid internship positions for students who are interested in government.  If you are visiting Washington, DC, my staff can help you with tickets for tours of the U.S. Capitol, Supreme Court and other important Washington sites. 

For more information, please visit my website, www.BradSherman.house.gov, or email me.

I look forward to continuing to serve you in the U.S. House of Representatives and hope that you will not hesitate to share any questions or opinions you may have about any issues facing Congress.

 

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Congressman Brad Sherman represents portions of California’s San Fernando Valley.