Governor Brown, Senator Josh Newman Tour Mt. San Antonio College VRC in Walnut

Wednesday, October 18 2017

Walnut, CA - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. joined Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton), an Army veteran, to tour the Veterans Resource Center at Mt. San Antonio College yesterday. The center connects returning service members with education, housing, health care and employment services, as well as other resources and support to help ease the transition back into their communities. VRCs were made a priority in state budget negotiations this year, with $5 million set aside for community college VRCs over the next year.

Said Governor Brown: “Veterans services are a good cause and in Senator Newman you have a good advocate. He is intelligent, hard-working, has a military background and knows how to fight for you. Josh has been right there for veterans and all students."

Said Newman: “I felt that it was important for Governor Brown to see a Veteran Resource Center in my District that is providing a high level of support to students.  It’s one thing to set aside funding in the state budget, it’s quite another to witness the kinds of services that students are able to access when resources like this are prioritized for the veteran community. I thank Governor Brown for making VRCs a priority this budget cycle.”

Said Mt. SAC Trustee Jay Chen:  “Senator Newman has become one of the most successful first term legislators in California, following a career helping veterans in the private sector. Governor Brown has signed several of his bills, many of which specifically support veterans. We need more legislators like him in Sacramento.”

You can view the full event here.

Photos can be viewed here and attached.

Background: During budget negotiations in June, Governor Brown worked with Senator and Army Veteran Josh Newman, to secure funding for community college Veteran Resource Centers statewide. Mt. San Antonio College’s VRC is one of many that is already benefiting from the additional state support.

Senator Josh Newman represents the 29th Senate District, which includes cities across Orange, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino Counties.