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Jenniffer González Recognizes Organization of Veterans with Disabilities in Its Centenary

Press Release

Date: Oct. 1, 2020
Location: San Juan, PR
Issues: Veterans

Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón recognized the advocacy and services for disabled veterans by the Disabled Americans Veterans (DAV) organization on its centennial.

"The DAV not only provides a place of trust and compassion for our injured veterans, but even more importantly, a place to advocate for veterans' concerns before Congress and federal agencies such as the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide representation to these members. from service. I am proud to have worked hand in hand with this organization, since I came to the House in 2002 and now continue to work with them in Congress. In these 100 years, the organization has filed more than 11 million claims fighting for the well-being of veterans. They will always have my support because I respectfully acknowledge this momentous centennial in DAV's history of service to the men and women who have served our nation, "said the commissioner.

At the ceremony, the commissioner delivered a proclamation that is being presented as part of the Record in Congress and an acknowledgment to several prominent veterans within the organization.

González Colón was the first representative of Puerto Rico to belong to the Veterans Committee of the federal Chamber. Organized the pilgrimage part of the Committee's visit to Puerto Rico to listen to the needs of all veterans in public and ocular hearings; and a second visit to follow up on pending services and reconstructions.

Among the commissioner's accomplishments in favor of veterans are being the author of more than 14 federal laws, access to over $ 900 million in funds for reconstruction and the funds of new clinics like Arecibo and Ponce that are already under construction.

"After advocating for our veterans in Congress and bringing congressional delegations to the Island, we also succeeded in getting the Department of Veterans Affairs to begin efforts to ensure that Puerto Rico has its first Fisher House," said the resident commissioner.

The Fisher House will help provide temporary housing for the families of veterans and active members of the armed forces who are receiving medical treatment and need to travel long distances in order to be seen.

The organization Disabled American Veterans, Chapter of Puerto Rico, presented on April 22, 2017 in Guayanilla, recognition to the resident commissioner, Jenniffer González Colón, where they thanked her for her defense in favor of the rights and benefits for which they have Veterans have fought and won, both for themselves and for their families.