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SB-382 Veterans’ benefits: Department of Veterans Affairs.(2013-2014)

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Amended  IN  Senate  April 01, 2013

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2013–2014 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 382


Introduced by Senator Roth

February 20, 2013


An act to amend Section 981.5 of add Article 8 (commencing with Section 999.60) to Chapter 6 of Division 4 of the Military and Veterans Code, relating to veterans.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 382, as amended, Roth. Veterans’ benefits: Department of Veterans Affairs.
Existing law requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide various benefits to veterans.
This bill would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to create a California Veterans Leadership Program to connect returning veterans of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan with employment, housing, and mental health resources and tools, as specified.

Existing law authorizes the California Veterans’ Educational Institute, which is under the management and control of the Department of Veterans Affairs, to provide opportunities for veterans to continue their education. Existing law authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs to work with authorized agencies of the United States in providing those opportunities.

This bill would make a nonsubstantive changes to this provision.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Article 8 (commencing with Section 999.60) is added to Chapter 6 of Division 4 of the Military and Veterans Code, to read:
Article  8. Veterans’ Services

999.60.
 (a) The Department of Veterans Affairs shall create a California Veterans Leadership Program that is a resource and referral network operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs to connect returning veterans of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan with the employment, housing, and mental health resources and tools needed to lead productive lives and enjoy the full benefits of the society that they have served.
(b) The Department of Veterans Affairs shall establish centers throughout California that would provide employment, housing, and mental health resources and tools to veterans in one physical location.
(c) The Department of Veterans Affairs shall assist a veteran until he or she has both a job and a place to live.
(d) The Department of Veterans Affairs may adopt rules as necessary to implement this section.

SECTION 1.Section 981.5 of the Military and Veterans Code is amended to read:
981.5.

The department may cooperate and confer with authorized agencies of the United States in carrying out this article.