Gomez Celebrates Passage of Bill to Extend VA Care to Korean Immigrants Who Fought with U.S. in Vietnam War
Approximately 3,000 Korean American Vietnam veterans are naturalized citizens, and the VALOR Act would provide an avenue for these veterans to access medical services and care through the Department of Veterans Affairs
Washington, May 22, 2023
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Jimmy Gomez (CA-34), who represents the largest population of Korean Americans in the U.S., celebrated House passage of the Korean American VALOR Act. This bill, which Gomez is an original cosponsor of, allows veterans who served in the armed forces of the Republic of Korea during the Vietnam War and have since become naturalized U.S. citizens to be eligible for healthcare services through the VA.
“The bravery, sacrifice and strength of Korean and Korean-American veterans of the Vietnam War cannot be overstated, and it’s a grave injustice that they are not eligible for VA health care services,” said Rep. Gomez. “As the congressional representative of the largest Korean American community in the nation, I take great pride in the passage of our legislation that corrects this wrong and ensures these brave servicemembers, many of whom live in my district, can access the care they need and deserve.”