CONTACT: Alex Roth, 619-228-3253

San Diego -- Congressman Scott Peters vowed today to keep working to improve health care and other services for veterans in San Diego and across America.

Earlier this year, Peters was credited by the D.C. press with playing a key role in bringing both sides together to pass a law reforming the troubling Department of Veterans Affairs.

“Keeping the promises made to our service members and veterans must be a top priority for Congress, as it has been for me,” said Peters, who earlier this summer brought members of both parties together to pass the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act.  “This bipartisan bill was a good start, but the VA still has serious work to do in reforming its broken systems and restoring trust with veterans nationwide.”

“Moving forward,” said Peters, “we must continue to make physical and mental health more affordable and accessible with better use of telehealth opportunities and additional funding for the VA.  And we must improve services to help retiring service members make the transition to civilian life.”

Here in San Diego, Peters joined with military leaders, veterans advocates, and community stakeholders to create the Military Transition Support Project (MTSP), which connects veterans to medical support, job services, and other programs in the community for a smooth transition to civilian life.  Peters, who recently hosted a briefing for Members of Congress on the MTSP, is working to make this pilot project a model for veterans’ transition services across the country.

Peters is endorsed by a wide range of prominent veterans, including Jack Harkins, a Republican who is the former chair of the San Diego County United Veterans Council.

“To build on this progress, we need a congressman who can bring people together,” said Alex Roth, communications director for the Scott Peters for Congress campaign.  “Here once again, the difference between Scott Peters and Carl DeMaio is stark and clear.  As a San Diego city councilmember, DeMaio was more obstructionist grandstander than legislator, casting 102 lone-dissenting votes.  Scott Peters works with veterans, community members, business leaders, and legislators of both parties to improve care and services for our veterans.”