- Created on Monday, 24 February 2014 12:56
- Written by IVN
Washington, DC - Congressman Juan Vargas (CA-51) is a proud cosponsor of H. Con. Res. 78, introduced by Rep. Joyce Beatty (OH-3), which recognizes the challenges African American veterans face upon returning home after serving in the Armed Forces, their heroic military sacrifices, and their patriotism in fighting for equal rights and the dignity of a people and a nation.
“Our African American veterans have played an integral role in defending and shaping our great Nation,” said Rep. Juan Vargas. “I am proud to join my colleagues in celebrating the remarkable legacy and continued service of these courageous men and women.”
African Americans have participated in every war in the history of the United States. They were at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement, and, with their strong resolve to address the paradox of military service abroad and the denial of basic rights at home, brought deeper meaning to the word “democracy”, and transformed the face of the United States.
“As we continue our celebration of Black History Month, let us pay tribute to the tremendous gains of the Civil Rights Movement by aiding our minority veterans, who suffer at a disproportionate rate from health and benefit disparities,” said Rep. Vargas. “We must continue to work with the Department of Veterans Affairs to assist our Nation’s minority veterans and eliminate any inequalities they may face.”