RELEASE: Cathy McMorris Rodgers Announces Veterans Coalition to Continue Delivering Results for Eastern Washington Veterans

  • Jul 13, 2018


July 10, 2018 Contact: Patrick Bell | 509-624-624-1199

SPOKANE, Wash. – Yesterday, Eastern Washington’s Cathy McMorris Rodgers held the first meeting of her veterans coalition in Spokane to hear from local vets about the issues impacting the community and how she can best work to create a more efficient, effective, and accountable Department of Veterans Affairs.

“I’ve been with Cathy since the beginning and she’s the strongest advocate for veterans that I know,” said Coalition Co-Chair Judge Fred Aronow. “Cathy’s stood up for veterans and now it’s time for us to stand up for her.”

“Cathy knows that the federal government’s number one priority is to protect the homeland and keep Americans safe and secure,” added Coalition Co-Chair Brian Rodgers. “She is also a leader for military families as the co-chair the the bipartisan Military Family Caucus where she gives a microphone to our men and women in uniform and their families.”

“We owe our gratitude to those who have sacrificed for the freedoms we enjoy every day,” Cathy said. “Here in Eastern Washington, I’m proud to represent nearly 70,000 veterans and fight in Washington, D.C. to fix the VA so they can get the care they’ve earned. Thank you to the members of this coalition who will help as I continue working to deliver results for our Eastern Washington veterans.”

Below are the current members of Cathy’s Veterans Coalition:
Commander Brian Rodgers, Co-Chair
General Neal Sealock
Donna Bernhardt
Tracy Pendarvis
Lawrence Hurtado
Wes Anderson
James Kane
Rufus Hoefer
Dan Mahoney
Judge Fred Aronow, Co-Chair
General Jim McDevitt
Donna O’Leary
Tim Fitzgerald
Dave Lucas
Mike Casey
Deirdre Catlin
Glen Bower
Charlie Monroe

In 2016, Cathy got her Faster Care for Veterans Act signed into law to bring the VA into the 21st Century and allow veterans to more easily schedule appointments. Last year, she secured funding to fix the roof at the Spokane VA after sending representatives from the House Veterans Affairs Committee out to tour and evaluate the Spokane VA. Cathy also continues to lead in bringing more residencies to the Spokane VA. She is working right now with VA leaders, representatives from the local medical schools, and community health care providers, to designate the Spokane VA as a teaching hospital to help train doctors here in our community to care for our veterans.

Additionally, this Congress she has introduced the Modernization of Medical Records Access for Veterans Act to help ensure veterans always have access to their comprehensive medical records so no matter where they get their care, their doctors will have the records they need to provide speedy and informed services. She has also introduced the Ethical Patient Care for Veterans Act to eliminate dangerous doctors at the VA by requiring the VA to report unethical behavior to state licensing boards.

A descendant of Oregon Trail pioneers, Cathy is the fifth generation of the McMorris family to call the Pacific Northwest home. She was the first in her family to graduate from college and worked for 13 years in the family orchard and fruit stand in Kettle Falls. She was the 200th woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and is the only woman to give birth three times while serving. Cathy and her husband, Brian, retired Navy carrier pilot, live in Spokane with their three children - Cole, Grace and Brynn.

For more information about Cathy McMorris Rodgers, visit www.cathyforcongress.com.