Congressman Joe Baca (D-Rialto) has received an "A" grade from the Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) in its recently released evaluation of Congress. The IAVA is the nation's first and largest group dedicated to the troops and veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the civilian supporters of those troops and veterans. It's 2010 Congressional Report Card serves as a legislative scorecard evaluating Senators and Members of the House of Representatives on issues related to promoting and protecting benefits for returning Iraq and Afghanistan war troops.
Based on his votes on priority issues identified by the IAVA, Rep. Baca received the "A" grade, reflecting his ongoing commitment to honoring the service of America's veterans.
"The United States has a moral obligation to meet the needs of its brave service men and women and their families," said Rep. Baca. "I appreciate this recognition from the Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America and vow to continue my steadfast support in Congress for America's veterans and troops."
The IAVA Congressional Report Card is based on votes and Member sponsorship on 18 critical bills affecting veterans in the 111th Congress (2009-2010), and includes measures on preventing budget cuts to the VA, providing new assistance for military caregivers, providing bonus pay for troops who served in stop loss situations, and supporting new job and educational opportunities for America's veterans.
"As a veteran myself, I am all too aware of the hardships our military men and women and their families endure to protect our country," concluded Rep. Baca. "From education and job opportunities, to health care and retirement benefits -- America's veterans deserve the very best we have to offer. I am proud of the work of this Congress to move our nation forward, including historic investments to improve veterans' health care and raise our troops' salaries."
Rep. Baca is a veteran who served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper with both the 101st and the 82nd Airborne Divisions from 1966-68. The full IAVA Congressional Report Card can be found online at: http://media.iava.org/iava_action/IAVA_Action_2010_Congressional_Report_Card.pdf.