Congresswoman Elaine Luria Speaks at Grand Opening Ceremony for New Military Clinic at The Up Center

August 6, 2019
Press Release

VIRGINIA BEACH – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today spoke at the grand opening of the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at The Up Center, giving remarks on the importance of caring for our veterans and military families.

Text of Congresswoman Luria’s remarks are below, and a photograph from the event is attached.

Good morning, and welcome to the grand opening of the 12th Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic here at the Up Center in Virginia Beach! I’m Elaine Luria and I’m very proud to represent Virginia Beach and the greater Hampton Roads area in the U.S. Congress.

Before speaking, I want to take a moment to thank Mr. Cohen for his generosity, the Cohen Veterans Network staff, Up Center staff, and all organizers of this event for making today possible. And thank all of you for being here to support this critical effort to help our military families across the Hampton Roads community.

For 135 years, the Up Center has touched lives in Hampton Roads as the largest and oldest human services agency in our community. Providing resources ranging from group therapy to parenting education, the impact of the Up Center cannot be overstated in Coastal Virginia.

Now, the Cohen Veterans Network and The Up Center have joined forces to provide our Commonwealth’s veteran and family member population with compassionate and effective mental health care to heal the invisible wounds of war.

There’s a growing demand for mental health care here and across America, and I’m glad this partnership here in Hampton Roads is working to help fill that need.

Every day, thousands of our troops spend time away from our beloved country and their loved ones while serving. Many come home with physical and mental reminders of the trauma that they endured.

As a Navy veteran myself, I know that it’s essential to tend to the needs of our bravest men and women and to think of new ways to serve them. The Up Center and Cohen Veterans Network are perfect examples of this service, and we’re so proud of having this new service within our community to help our veterans.

Thank you to the Up Center and the Cohen Veterans Network for all that you have done and will continue to do for our servicemembers here and around the country. They and their families greatly appreciate it.

Thank you for the honor of being here to celebrate this great occasion today.

Congresswoman Elaine Luria represents Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where she is the Vice Chair of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where she serves as Chair of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee.