November 11, 2019

Rep. Mike Levin Names Commander of Local Disabled American Veterans Chapter as Constituent of the Month

Oceanside, CA – This Veterans Day, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) named Charles Anderson, Commander of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Tri-Cities Chapter 95, as his Constituent of the Month. In addition to his service with the DAV, Mr. Anderson has a long history of fighting for local veterans with the Oceanside Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 10577 and the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) Chapter 493.

Earlier this year, Representative Levin launched a Constituent of the Month program to recognize outstanding North County San Diego and South Orange County Residents who have gone above and beyond to help their neighbors, give back to their community, and make the country stronger. Levin’s Constituent of the Month for September was North County LGBTQ Resource Center founder Max Disposti. His Constituent of the Month for October was longtime volunteer and civil rights activist Gwen Sanders.

To nominate a resident of the 49th District to be the Constituent of the Month, fill out this nomination form.

See below for Rep. Levin’s statement recognizing Charles Anderson:

This Veterans Day, it is my honor to announce that Mr. Charles Anderson, a relentless fighter for veterans throughout North County, is my Constituent of the Month. Mr. Anderson has dedicated his life to supporting veterans and their families, serving as Commander of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Tri-Cities Chapter 95, and belonging to the Oceanside Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 10577 and the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) Chapter 493.

As Commander of the local Disabled American Veterans chapter, Mr. Anderson has made sure that veterans in our community receive rides to medical appointments and helped veterans receive the Veterans Affairs benefits they’ve earned. He’s helped veterans find gainful employment and financial security, and he’s worked to ensure that veterans do not become homeless.

Mr. Anderson’s service with local veterans groups is commendable, but there are also several cases where he went above and beyond to help a local veteran and their family in a desperate time of need. When my office heard that a Marine Gulf War veteran was struggling to make ends meet due to a service-connected terminal illness, it was Mr. Anderson who immediately made arrangements to support the veteran’s family financially until the Veterans Benefits Administration could deliver benefits. When I heard from a caregiver of a Marine veteran who was at risk of becoming homeless, Mr. Anderson stepped up to cover the veteran’s rent until we could work out aid from the VA.

On this Veterans Day, we must do more than pay lip service to our veterans. We need to fight for the support and resources that veterans have earned and deserve, and that’s exactly what Mr. Anderson does every single day. As long as I have the privilege to serve on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I will look to Mr. Anderson as a shining example of what it means to serve our veterans with reverence and resolve. I am deeply grateful for Mr. Anderson’s service to our veterans, and I am proud to recognize him as my Constituent of the Month.