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  • From my family to yours... Happy Thanksgiving!
    Posted in Columns and Opinions on November 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans' Affairs

    From my family to yours, I’d like to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving. We have so much to be thankful for, and this year I’d like to share one person in particular that deserves our gratitude. Earlier this month, I was extremely proud to attend the ceremony held at the Pentagon for Yorba Linda resident Bridget Blehm as she was sworn in to serve as Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA). Military families throughout Orange County are very familiar with Bridget and the incre... Read more

  • Rep. Royce Honors Filipino Veterans of World War II at Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony
    Posted in Press Releases on October 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans' Affairs

    Rep. Ed Royce met with Filipino veterans of World War II during Wednesday's Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony including Celestino Almeda pictured above. WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) joined House and Senate leadership at the U.S. Capitol to present a Congressional Gold Medal in honor of Filipino veterans of World War II for their service and sacrifice during the war. Rep. Royce had the pleasure of hosting two Southern California families who attended today’s ceremony ... Read more

  • Rep. Royce Applauds Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Restore Accountability at the VA
    Posted in Press Releases on June 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans' Affairs

    Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) released the following statement after the House passed the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act by a vote of 368-55: “For too long, the endless bureaucracy and red tape at the VA have protected underperforming and negligent employees instead of supporting our veterans. Providing the highest quality care for our nation’s heroes requires commonsense accountability measures such as those... Read more

  • Pentagon to Pay Back Soldiers Whose Reenlistment Bonuses Were Garnished
    Posted in Ed in the News on January 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans' Affairs

    Pentagon to Pay Back Soldiers Whose Reenlistment Bonuses Were Garnished Thousands of veterans who were forced to pay back the millions of dollars in bonuses they'd gotten for reenlisting to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan will get their money back. The Pentagon announced Tuesday it has set up a process to reimburse or eliminate the debts of some 17,000 members of the California Army National Guard who got the bonuses between 2004 and 2010. "The process is in place," said acting Undersecretary of D... Read more

  • Reps. Royce and Honda Support Sec. Norman Mineta for the Congressional Gold Medal
    Posted in Press Releases on November 15, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans' Affairs

    Today, U.S. Representatives Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and Mike Honda (D-Calif.) introduced legislation to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Norman Yoshio Mineta, a former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, U.S. Representative, and Mayor of San Jose, California. “Since the American Revolution, Congressional Gold Medals have been commissioned to show our nation’s highest expression of gratitude to those who have contributed greatly to our country. Secretary Norman Mineta’s lifetime of service is dese... Read more

  • Rep. Royce Protects CalGuard Bonuses
    Posted in Press Releases on November 15, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans' Affairs

    Today, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) cosponsored the VET Bonus Act (H.R. 6316), legislation to stop U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) efforts to reclaim bonuses rightfully paid to California National Guard members. “Bonus payments made in good faith to CalGuard members shouldn't be touched. These soldiers shouldn't be punished for serving their country,” said Rep. Royce. On October 22, 2016, the Los Angeles Times reported that nearly 10,000 soldiers in the California National Guard h... Read more

  • House launches investigation of National Guard bonus reclaiming
    Posted in Ed in the News on October 26, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans' Affairs

    House launches investigation of National Guard bonus reclaiming A House oversight committee on Tuesday launched an investigation into the Army National Guard reclaiming wartime re-enlistment bonuses. The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform requested the service turn over all documents and audits related to it taking back the decade-old payments of $15,000 or more to soldiers who agreed to re-enlist for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. On Tuesday, President Obama called on the Defense D... Read more

  • Royce Demands Halt of CA National Guard Member Wage Garnishments
    Posted in Press Releases on October 24, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans' Affairs

    U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has written U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter regarding Department of Defense (DoD) efforts to reclaim bonuses paid to California National Guard members. On October 22, 2016, the Los Angeles Times reported that nearly 10,000 soldiers in the California National Guard have been ordered to repay enlistment bonuses of $15,000 or more by DoD. Chairman Royce, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield... Read more

  • Rep. Royce's Staff to Host Chino Hills May Mobile Office Hours
    Posted in Press Releases on May 3, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans' Affairs, Seniors Issues

    The office of U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) will host mobile office hours in Chino Hills on Thursday, May 5. Further details are below: What: Rep. Royce's Mobile Office Hours Date: May 5, 2016 Time: 10 AM - 4 PM Where: Chino Hills City Hall (Red Tailed Hawk Room) Address: 14000 City Center Drive, Chino Hills, CA, 91709 Rep. Royce’s district staff will be present to inform constituents about the services his office can assist with such as ordering American flags, booking tours of Was... Read more

  • Chairman Royce Nominates Col. Young Oak Kim for the Presidential Medal of Freedom
    Posted in Press Releases on March 9, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans' Affairs

    U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has nominated U.S. Army Colonel Young Oak Kim for a posthumously awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom. A Los Angeles native of Korean descent, Col. Oak Kim served our nation in the 100th Infantry Battalion during World War II and was the first minority officer to command an Army combat battalion in American history. “It is a privilege to nominate Colonel Young Oak Kim for the Presidential Medal of Freed... Read more

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