Congressman Rick Larsen wrapped up a series of veterans forums this past month to help improve the well-being of veterans, the last of which was held in Oak Harbor.
Larsen held six forums in October. His forum in Oak Harbor provided updates on legislation affecting them, as well as answers to questions about reforms at the Department of Veterans Affairs, health care, job training and housing. Representatives from Seattle Regional Veterans Benefits Administration, VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Island County Veterans Services, and Worksource also attended.
Veterans asked questions about housing for homeless veterans, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017 — which would extend the presumption of exposure to Agent Orange to veterans who served in the “Blue Water Navy” during the Vietnam War and the Military Surviving Spouse Equity Act.
Larsen is also aiming to renew a transportation program that veterans rely on to get to and from health care appointments, pushing for a revision to allow wounded veterans to access vitro fertilization through the Department of Veterans Affairs, assist veterans in finding housing through the Housing and Urban Development Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing program and improving access to care for veterans living in South and Central Whidbey.