Tomorrow marks 20 years since one of the most tragic events in our history. Almost 3,000 souls died as a result of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. I pray for the families of those we lost that day and honor the memory of every soul that passed away. May we commemorate this solemn day by uniting together, cherishing our freedoms, and honoring the bravery of so many people who fought and continue to fight for that freedom.
For a personal reflection on this day, you can watch my video message here.
This week, I continued my work in the district. Below is another update on some of the work my staff and I have done this week to serve you.
This Week's Casework Success Story
In mid-August, a U.S. Special Operations Forces veteran currently living in downtown San Diego contacted my office for assistance with the evacuation of a translator from Afghanistan. My staff worked with this U.S.-based veteran to gather as much personal information and identifying documents as possible. My office then forwarded these documents to the Department of State with a formal request for evacuation. The interpreter was successfully evacuated five days after this formal request and he is now in the United States awaiting full resettlement. (Names and identities withheld for security purposes.)
NEXT THURSDAY: Service Academy Nominations Information Night
Every year, I have the honor of nominating students to attend our nation's service academies. The privilege of attending a service academy comes with a service obligation and commitment to serve in the military after graduation.
If you are interested in attending one of our nation's service academies and have questions on the nomination process, my office will hold an information night next week on September 16 at 6 P.M. via Zoom.
Admissions counselors from each service academy and from college ROTC programs will participate as panelists to answer questions. Click here for more information and to download the Service Academy Nomination application form.
Meeting with Hunger Advocacy Network
On Tuesday, I met with members of the San Diego Hunger Coalition and the Hunger Advocacy Network. We discussed the problem of food insecurity here in San Diego County. To address hunger locally, we spoke about increased access to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, and legislative solutions such as the Stop Child Hunger Act and the Universal School Meals Program Act. Thank you to these groups for working on making hunger a problem of the past, especially during Hunger Awareness Month!
Visit to Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions
This week, I also visited the San Diego facilities of Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions (CAES.) This company is the largest provider of analog and radiation hardened technology for the U.S. aerospace and defense industry and employs 1144 people locally. The company focuses on electronic warfare, missiles, radar, space, medical devices, industrial equipment, and other applications. Many innovative new technologies are developed by our highly skilled workforce here in San Diego.
Meeting with MS Society Members
On Wednesday, I met with local members of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. We discussed the Credit for Caring Act, which would provide a federal tax credit of up to $5,000 for eligible working family caregivers, and how it would help individuals living with MS and their families. We also spoke about the need to expand access to MS medications and reduce the high cost of drugs.
Meeting with Jane Duke, Australian Consul-General
On Tuesday, I spoke with the Honorable Jane Duke, Consul General of Australia. We discussed our ongoing economic ties and concerns over China. Australia is a critical partner for the U.S. within the Indo-Pacific region, and we must continue to work together to boost economic ties and combat China's increasing hostility. I look forward to working with the Consul General to find more ways to strengthen the relationship between our two countries.
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