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A Ventura County congresswoman is leading a bipartisan charge to try to get the VA to end a ban on what are considered to be medically necessary treatments for transgender veterans.

Democratic Congresswoman Julia Brownley of Westlake Village says 83 members of Congress are a part of the effort. Brownley says the ban on certain procedures conflicts with the scientific consensus.

She says there are more than 160,000 transgender service members, and that it’s wrong to deny them the medical treatments they deserve.

The House of Representatives passed legislation which would authorize 28 new VA medical facilities across the country, including one on the South Coast.

Democratic Congresswoman Julia Brownley of Westlake Village has been spearheading the effort to open a new 41,000 square foot VA facility in Oxnard.

The facility would provide a number of services that veterans currently must go to Los Angeles to receive, and is also intended to help reduce wait times for appointments.

Three non-profit organizations on the Central and South Coasts received more than $4 million dollars in federal grants to fight homelessness among veterans.

The grants from the Department of Veterans Affairs include $2 million dollars for the group “People Assisting The Homeless,” in San Luis Obispo and Los Angeles Counties, $1.6 million dollars for the Salvation Army in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties, and $365,000 for “New Beginnings” in Santa Barbara.

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Richard Valdez is a former Marine and Vietnam veteran who was wounded in the war, and has been living with its aftereffects for a half century.