VETERANS AND SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN IN THE MILITARY
During her tenure on the Armed Services Committee, Congresswoman Sanchez has often visited our troops overseas. Loretta knows firsthand the courage and strength of our military men and women serving overseas. As a member of the Congressional Military Families Caucus, Rep. Sanchez also understands the unique challenges that our veterans face as they return to civilian life. Loretta has advocated for full funding for veterans' healthcare programs, increased services for wounded veterans, and expedited payment of GI Bill benefits.
A champion for women in the military, Congresswoman Sanchez has never wavered in fighting for female military interests. Despite powerful opposition, she successfully revised Article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) to include a meaningful sexual assault statute that punishes offenders, empowers survivors of abuse and establishes a zero-tolerance policy toward sexual assault. In addition, Congresswoman Sanchez led the fight to increase public awareness and accountability of sexual assault in the military through the development of various policies, including a Sexual Assault Database and her Track it to Prevent it Act, included in the 2009 and 2014 National Defense Authorization Acts.
California is home to the second-largest population of women serving in the military. By 2016 all combat positions in the army will be open to women and California must keep up with these changes. Loretta will continue to fight for expanded health care access for women in the military including treatments for infertility and in-vitro fertilization. As a U.S. Senator, Loretta will continue to ensure that our federal government is fulfilling its obligations to our men and women in uniform and honoring veterans of all ages for their sacrifices and service.