Freshman congresswoman visits base

U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley, newly elected to the 26th Congressional District, which includes Naval Base Ventura County, listens as Capt. David Sasek, chief staff officer of the base, discusses the many different programs available to Sailors and their families.

tPhoto by Kimberly Gearhar / NBVC Public Affairs

U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley, newly elected to the 26th Congressional District, which includes Naval Base Ventura County, listens as Capt. David Sasek, chief staff officer of the base, discusses the many different programs available to Sailors and their families.

Freshman Congresswoman Julia Brownley, a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, visits Naval Base Ventura County Jan. 29.

Photo by Kimberly Gearhart / NBVC Public Affairs

Freshman Congresswoman Julia Brownley, a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, visits Naval Base Ventura County Jan. 29.

Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) Fleet & Family Support Center (FFSC) staff hosted a visit from one of the newest members of Congress and the House Veterans Affairs Committee Jan. 29.

U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley, who represents California’s 26th Congressional District, in which NBVC is situated, visited several military and veterans service providers in Ventura County during a visit to her home district last month.

For Brownley, the visit was about getting a feel for what kinds of services transitioning military members and veterans are receiving and where services can be improved.

“I’m newly elected to Congress,” Brownley said, noting that she was appointed to the House Veterans Affairs Committee and is the ranking member of the subcommittee on veterans’ health. “I have a lot to learn. Not only do I want to understand what’s going on for veterans and military here in Ventura County, but I want to take that knowledge and help veterans across the country.”

After a briefing regarding the revamped transition assistance program, now called Transition GPS because it focuses on goals, plans and success, Brownley toured FFSC at NBVC Port Hueneme with Capt. David Sasek, NBVC’s chief staff officer, and Laura Hamilton, FFSC director.

Hamilton discussed the types of programs and services available at FFSC for military members and their families beyond basic transition services, including financial planning classes and counseling services for the entire family.

“I hope that this is the first in a series of meetings,” Brownley said. “As a newly sworn-in member of Congress, I have quite a learning curve, and I want to be sure we have good services for veterans. I want to be vigilant.”

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