Rep. Carbajal Honors Local Veteran Advocate
Source: Office of Rep. Salud Carbajal
Last week, Rep. Salud Carbajal held a ceremony recognizing local veterans advocate Robert “Bob” Handy for his work on behalf of Central Coast veterans.
Rep. Carbajal entered a special written tribute honoring Bob Handy into the official Congressional Record, permanently memorializing the contributions he has made to improve life for veterans on the Central Coast. Rep. Carbajal presented Mr. Handy with a framed copy of the Congressional Record insert during the ceremony.
"I am honored to celebrate Bob Handy’s distinguished service, exemplary advocacy, leadership, and commitment to Central Coast veterans," said Rep. Carbajal. "Our service members sacrifice so much to defend and serve our country. Too often, they return from service only to be denied the support they need and deserve. Bob has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of countless veterans and I am thankful for his service, both to our country and to our community.
Bob Handy is the founder and Chairman of Veterans United for Truth, Inc. (VUFT), a veterans’ support non-profit that played a critical role in addressing the Veterans Administration’s (VA) mishandling of veterans’ medical services, particularly of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) cases, and restrictive policies within the VA that prevented veterans with PTSD from appealing negative findings in their cases.
Bob Handy led VUFT as principal plaintiff in a 2007 class action lawsuit challenging the federal government for failing to meet legal and moral obligations to care for wounded veterans. Mr. Handy’s advocacy and tireless pursuit of the case brought new attention to the health issue of PTSD and his work resulted in significant changes to the VA’s approach to treating it.
Bob Handy (left) and Rep. Salud Carbajal (right)