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Garamendi Hosts Productive Veteran Advisory Meetings Across His District

Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), Chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, hosted two Veteran Advisory meetings in Marysville and Vacaville to deliver an update on his work to support veterans, and to hear from the community about the issues impacting local veterans. Garamendi was joined by Max Richtman, President of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, to address issues for older veterans, such as their health, retirement security, and the high cost of prescription drugs.

At his Marysville meeting, Garamendi honored Clinton Trefethen—a Iwo Jima Purple Heart veteran and Yuba City resident who recently celebrated his 98th birthday. Mr. Trefethen received his Purple Heart for injuries sustained when his D-8 bulldozer hit a land mine on the beach during the first wave assault on Iwo Jima. Mr. Trefethen was treated for injuries sustained during the assault and later returned to Iwo Jima for eight months to continue his service until World War II ended.

“As the Representative for over 70,000 veterans in Congress, it’s critically important to host these Veteran Advisory meetings so I can hear from the local veteran community about their issues and priorities so we can collaborate on potential solutions. I spoke about my legislation, the “OATH Act,” which was recently signed into law. My bill will lift barriers to crucial health care services for veterans and active-duty military personnel who have experienced health issues due to exposure to toxins during their service. I’m pleased that this legislation has become law and will help local veterans receive the proper support they’ve earned and deserve,” Garamendi said.

“I also had the honor of recognizing Petty Officer 2nd Class Clinton Trefethen, an Iwo Jima Purple Heart veteran who bravely served our nation as part of the first wave assault in the Battle of Iwo Jima. Despite sustaining several traumatic injuries during the assault, Mr. Trefethen returned to Iwo Jima to complete his service. His sacrifice and courage are an inspiration to this community and nation, and Mr. Trefethen’s efforts have distinguished him among our country’s Greatest Generation,” Garamendi continued.

“I also want to thank Max Richtman, President of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, for lending his time and expertise to today’s advisory meetings,” Garamendi concluded.

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