Pictured: Congresswoman Lois Capps (CA-23)
The Alliance for Retired Americans is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of retired trade union members affiliated with the AFL-CIO. Its predecessor organization was known as the National Council for Senior Citizens.
As of 2008, ARA has more than 3.5 million members and has affiliates in 28 states, including Oregon. The following is the endorsement letter from the Oregon Alliance for Retired Americans that was sent to The Honorable Lois Capps:
June 23, 2008
Congresswoman Lois Capps
1110 Longworth House Office Building
Washington DC 20515
Dear Congresswoman Capps:
Enclosed please find a Resolution in support of the Office of the National Nurse that was recently passed by the Executive Board of the Oregon Alliance for Retired Americans. The Alliance is an organization of retirees who are committed to activism and want to influence the policies of government that affect all older Americans. In Oregon we represent approximately 30.000 members; nationwide, about three million are Alliance members.
We strongly believe that all are entitled to healthcare and the Office of the National Nurse can only add to the depth, breadth, and quality of healthcare in the United States. We believe that establishment of this office is but one pieceof a move to improve our nation's health.
Again, we strongly urge the establishment of the Office of the National Nurse.
cc: George Kourpias, President Alliance for Retired Americans
Senator Ron Wyden (OR)
Senator Gordon Smith (OR)
Congressman David Wu (OR-1)
Congressman Greg Walden (OR-2)
Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-3)
Congressman Peter DeFazio (OR-4)
Congresswoman Darlene Hooley (OR-5)
Congressman Steve C. LaTourette (OH-14)
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (CA-8)
Senator Harry Reid (NV)
US Senate Candidate Jeff Merkley (OR)
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Friday, August 01, 2008