WASHINGTON — Elisha Morrow is looking for a measure of justice in Congress this week after enduring sexual harassment from a Coast Guard boot-camp commander who forced her and three other recruits to scrub his office on their hands and knees.
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West Palm Beach, FL – Congresswoman Lois Frankel spoke on April 11 at Palm Beach State College to kick off the National Disabled Veteran Business Council’s Business Conference. The event was a small business workshop for veterans, designed to help veteran entrepreneurs by connecting them with government agencies and commercial companies.
Congresswoman Frankel is the mother of an Iraq and Afghanistan US Marine war veteran, and has made helping returning veterans transition into the workforce one of her top priorities.
Washington, D.C. – Elisha Morrow, who inspired Congresswoman Frankel’s National Defense Authorization Act provision on military sexual assault, visited Washington today to testify at a panel on sexual assault in the military.
"It was a privilege to testify before the subcommittee today about the difficulties our military members face,” said Morrow. “I addressed boot camp and training environments and focused on needed areas of change."
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Lois Frankel joined House Democrats in signing a discharge petition, led by Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.), to bring up the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act. The bill extends emergency unemployment insurance for nearly 5 million Americans looking for work through the end of the year.
“I am especially concerned for the 200,000 veterans who have risked life and limb serving our country and need this deserved helping hand while they look for work,” said Frankel.
Boca Raton, FL — Congresswoman Lois Frankel has just returned from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA) in Brussels as part of a bipartisan congressional delegation. Frankel was appointed to the US delegation by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. During the four-day trip, the delegation – comprised of five additional Members of Congress – met with representatives of the other NATO countries as well as NATO leaders including NATO Commander General Philip Breedlove, NATO PA President Hugh Baley, and US Ambassador to NATO Douglas Lute.
WASHINGTON — A Vietnam War veteran from Fort Lauderdale who suffered severe burns in combat and financial hardship back home will be watching from the House gallery Tuesday night when President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address.
Jeff Colaiacovo will represent all American service members, but especially the hundreds of thousands who endure bureaucratic snags and delays when seeking disability benefits.
Boca Raton, FL – Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-22) announced today that she will bring Jeff Colaiacovo, a South Florida Vietnam veteran as her guest to Tuesday’s State of the Union. Frankel met Colaiacovo when he contacted her office for assistance with a disability claim stuck in the VA backlog.
President Barack Obama today signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes Congresswoman Lois Frankel’s provision that directs the military to examine the need for a new definition of rape and sexual assault in cases when someone abuses their position in the Military Chain of Command.
Washington, DC — Congresswoman Lois Frankel announced she will vote this evening to end the government shutdown and make sure America pays its bills.
“I support this common-sense deal to re-open the government and make sure that the United States pays its bills, enabling seniors and veterans to receive their social security and other benefits,” Frankel said. “When Congress returns to work next week we need to turn to long term solutions that focus on job creation.”