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Efforts to open an expanded medical clinic for veterans on the South Coast have taken a big step forward, with the VA signing a deal for a lease. The federal agency will locate the 40,000 square foot outpatient clinic in an existing building on Ralston Street in Ventura. Plans call for the new facility to open in 2021.

A Ventura County congresswoman has introduced a bill intended to reduce harassment and sexual assaults at VA facilities. The bill requires mandatory annual training for employees, as well as formal policies to protect veterans, visitors, and people who work at VA facilities. It would set up a process for victims to report incidents, and for employees to provide information on things they might witness.

A Ventura County congresswoman has introduced two pieces of legislation to try to keep quality medical care available to veterans. Democratic Congresswoman Julia Brownley of Westlake Village is sponsoring the bills.

A Ventura County congresswoman has introduced a bill intended to help veterans impacted by financial abuse. The legislation proposed by Democratic Congresswoman Julia Brownley of Westlake Village would help veterans under the care of fiduciaries who are financially abused by them.

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.