Our nation's veterans deserve the benefits and care they've earned through their service, and Howard has worked diligently to see they get them.
He has made it a priority to help veterans facing hard times get back on their feet. He's pushed for funding of programs to help treat homeless veterans with substance abuse and other mental health issues. He's sought funds to improve the VA's Supportive Housing program, and coordinated and co-hosted a veterans home buyers workshop.
Providing reliable, affordable health care is crucial to keeping the promises this nation has made to our veterans and service members. Howard has worked vigorously to achieve robust funding for the Veterans Health Administration, health benefits/TRICARE, and DOD medical research programs. He's pushed to allow Federal civilian and military retirees to pay health insurance premiums on a pretax basis and to allow a deduction for TRICARE supplemental premiums. And Howard strongly supported legislation to make benefits available to a service member who requests early discharge for people who are the sole surviving child in a family in which a parent or sibling died in service, is POW/MIA, or is permanently disabled because of service. Howard has protected VA facilities in the area, pushing legislation to prohibit disposing of any part of the West LA VA property, and he secured $1.7 million to repair and re-open the gymnasium at the Sepulveda VA.
In 2004, Howard led the effort to establish the San Fernando Valley Veterans Day Parade and he has proudly sponsored it every year since.