LEGISLATIVE ISSUES, CONTINUED
►►AB2371 - Butler - Marina Del Ray - Veterans:
criminal defendants: mental health issues and restorative relief: -
Provides restorative relief to a veteran defendant who acquires a
criminal record due to a mental disorder stemming from military service.
►►AB1224 - Committee on Veteran Affairs - Veterans:
and home purchases: - Authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs to
adopt implementing regulations necessary to allow financing of
cooperative dwelling units.
►►AB1505 - Pan - Sacramento - Department of Veterans Affairs:
veterans' benefits: reinstatement: - Reinstates state veterans
benefits that were denied solely on the basis of sexual orientation when
the federal government first reinstates those benefits.
►►SB1289 - Harman - Huntington Beach - Sport Fishing Licenses: -
Requires the Department of Fish and Game to issue a reduced fee sport
fishing license to active military personnel who are recovering service
►►SB1288 - Harman - Huntington Beach - Hunting Licenses: - Requires the
Department of Fish and Game to issue a reduced hunting fee to military
personnel who are recovering service members.
►►AB2490 - Butler - Marina Del Ray - Veterans: correctional
counselors: - Requires the CA Department of Corrections and
Rehabilitation to develop policies to assist veteran inmates in pursuing
►►AB342 - Atkins - San Diego - Office of Planning and
Designates the Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR) to serve
as the state liaison with the United States Department of Defense.
►►AB1550 - Bonilla - Concord - Vehicles: veterans' organizations
license plates fees: - Increases the fees required to issue, renew, and
personalize specialized veterans' license plates to fund veterans'
►►AB2202 - Block - San Diego - Interstate Compact on Educational
Opportunity for Military Children: State Council - Extends the
January 1, 2013 sunset to 2016 for the Superintendent of Public
Instruction to reconvene a task force to review and make recommendations
regarding the Interstate compact on Educational Opportunity for Military
►►AB2198 - Nielsen - Gerber - Department of Veterans: reporting
requirement: - Recalibrates reporting requirements in the annual county
veterans service officers' report to ensure these programs are
maximizing support to veterans.
►►SB1198 - Calderon - Department of Veterans Affairs: publicity of
benefit programs for homeless veterans: - Requires CalVet to provide
veterans with information about federal veteran pensions, federal
housing vouchers, and CalFresh.
We thank the legislators for introducing bills for
Veterans, Pete Conaty for educating the legislator and governor of their
importance and the Governor for signing the bills.
UPDATES FROM THE BOARD, CONT.
Board has established the following alcohol policy as it relates to
activities sanctioned by VVA500 in it's own facility or off the premise.
The following policy takes effect beginning at the October 16, 2012
"No alcohol shall be used on the VVA500 premise or off
premise (for events and representation) unless the activity or event is
sanctioned by VVA500 includes the reasonable use of alcohol.
If any member of VVA500 or AVVA500, or guest of a
member is found to be using alcohol at a non-alcohol event or
activity, on the premise or event or at an activity as a representative
of VVA500, or found to be inebriated, that member or guest will be asked
to leave and escorted from the premise, event or activity.
At the events and activities where alcohol is allowed,
all members and guests are expected to comply fully with all laws
(including laws prohibiting the operation of motor vehicles while under
the influence of alcohol), and to take safety precautions including
arranging for a designated sober driver. Under no circumstances
shall any underage individual consume alcohol at any VVA500 event or
CAMP LEJEUNE WATER, CONTINUED
►If you lived
or worked at Camp Lejeune prior to 1987, you may register at
https://clnr.hqi.usmc.mil/clwater/index.aspx. to receive
notifications from the Marine Corps regarding Camp Lejeune Historic
While all the facts are not in on this issue, it is
recommended that all veterans who have served at this Marine base during
the aforementioned time frame with illnesses that could be tied to this
exposure should file a claim for service-connected disability by coming
into a County Service Officer office or any Veteran Service Officer's
office. The families of these veterans who lived on this
base during that time should register on the above website and get
VA REACHES 1 MILLION CLAIM MILESTONE
from the RAO Bulletin
The VA has announced that the Veterans Benefits Administration, which
oversees the delivery of disability compensation and other benefits to
the nation's Veterans, processed over one million disability claims
during fiscal year 2012, marking the third year in a row VBA claims
processors have exceeded the one million mark. While claims
production is at historic highs, incoming disability claims have
increased nearly 50% since 2008, outpacing VA's current claims
processing capacity. For more information go to the website: