SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale) has introduced two bills, AB 585 and AB 1509, to provide additional support to veterans who are transitioning from military service to civilian life.
“Veterans in my district repeatedly tell me that they are having trouble accessing the benefits and programs that are already available,” said Fox. “These bills are designed to create a plan to make sure our military personnel can find the support they need to move forward with their lives.”
AB 1509 will mandate the Department of Veterans Affairs devise a program to aid newly discharged veterans in transitioning from military to civilian life.
In 2011, the California Interagency Council on Veterans was created by Executive Order B-09-11. The agency is responsible for identifying veterans’ needs such as housing, vocational training, apprenticeship programs, medical care and counseling. Fox’s bill will help the agency implement their mission by fully informing military members about the services available in California.
AB 585 will require the Department of Veterans Affairs to formulate a plan regarding how to develop unused or underutilized real properties for added veterans’ services. Currently, the department is authorized to hold property for future use. The bill specifically directs the department to craft a master plan to select properties to create centers for additional veteran housing, supportive, and health services. AB 585 was passed by the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee today with a vote of 8-1.
“Military benefits help no one if they are not accessible,” Fox continued. “My goal is to make sure that every man and woman who served in the military has the tools they need to be happy, healthy, and successful throughout their lives.”
For more information, please visit www.asmdc.org/fox.