Chris Bubser Announces Formation of Veterans Advisory Council to Guide Veterans Affairs Policy
Air Force Veteran Congressman Ted Lieu To Serve as Honorary Co-Chair
May 26, Victorville, CA -- The campaign of Democrat Chris Bubser (CA-08) announced the formation of a Veterans Advisory Council which will convene it’s inaugural meeting on May 27th and then meet monthly. Representative Ted Lieu (CA-33), a retired Air Force Colonel will serve as the Council’s Honorary Co-Chair. The founding members of the Council, including veterans and active duty service members from around California’s 8th, represent four branches of the Armed Services and several generations of military service.
“Yesterday we honored the men and women who died serving our country, protecting us and preserving our Democracy,” said Bubser, “I can think of no greater way of honoring the fallen than taking care of the veterans that call CA-08 home. This is my opportunity to hear directly from our veterans about their issues and concerns. Meaningful solutions require meaningful input and that is how I intend to represent this important community in Congress.”
“My uncle Allen served in the Marine Corps in the South Pacific during WWll. My father John was an engineer who did scientific research for the military for 30 years,” Bubser continued. “My family has instilled in me the deepest respect for our armed forces and laid a blueprint for how science can serve our country and support our troops.”
"It is an honor to serve with so many honorable veterans on Chris Bubser's Veterans Advisory Council," said Rep. Lieu, a Colonel in the Air Force Reserve who has represented California's 33rd district in Congress for three terms. "With so many veterans and active duty service members in the district, CA-08 needs a Representative who will not just talk about helping veterans, but will actually listen to them and always consider how policies impact them and their families. I'm glad to see Chris is taking this so seriously, and I look forward to working with her and the other members of her Council."
In addition to Lieu, the following CA-08 veterans are serving on the Council:
E5 Sergeant, Joseph Williams, Victorville
SP4 Glenn Goldstein, Wrightwood
SP4 Fernando Hernandez, Phelan
Specialist Oluronke Ogunleye, Victorville
E4 Specialist Basil Kimbrew, Victorville
Major Richard Sierra, Yucca Valley
Major Gregory Brown, Joshua Tree
Sergeant Dennis Canady, Hesperia
Infantry Machine Gunner Michael DiGiovanni, Lake Arrowhead
Commander Rick Scott, Bishop
The formation of the Council comes at a critical time for veterans in CA-08. Governor Gavin Newsom has recommended closure of the CalVet Veterans Home in Barstow as part of sweeping budget cuts in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The council will be advising Bubser on how to ensure care for veterans is not disrupted and the home is spared closure.
CA-08 is home to about 50,000 veterans and 10,000 active duty service members. The Marine Corps has three bases in the district: Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Logistics Base in Barstow, and Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport. The Naval Air Weapons Station at China Lake and the Army's Fort Irwin National Training Center near Barstow are also in the 8th. While the George Air Force Base in Victorville closed in 1992, there is a large legacy community of vets who settled in the High Desert.
Additional appointments to council will be made on a rolling basis. If you or someone you know is interested in serving on the council, please contact Charlie Baran at [email protected]