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ACR-26 Legislature: Wounded Warrior Program.(2019-2020)

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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Concurrent Resolution
No. 26


Introduced by Assembly Members Mathis and Melendez
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Berman, Bigelow, Brough, Burke, Chu, Cunningham, Fong, Frazier, Gallagher, Lackey, Maienschein, Mayes, McCarty, Obernolte, Patterson, Quirk, Smith, and Voepel)
(Coauthor: Senator Chang)

February 11, 2019


Relative to the Legislature.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


ACR 26, as introduced, Mathis. Legislature: Wounded Warrior Program.
Existing law authorizes certain internship and fellowship programs, as specified.
This measure would honor the achievements of the United States House of Representatives’ Wounded Warrior Program and would encourage the Assembly Committee on Rules to study the potential of implementing similar programs in the Legislature.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, The federal Wounded Warrior Program was established in 2008 by the United States House of Representatives to create employment opportunities in the United States House of Representatives for wounded or disabled veterans returning from military service; and
WHEREAS, The federal program is intended to serve as an example to businesses that wounded or disabled veterans are capable of performing great work and being productive employees; and
WHEREAS, The federal program makes available fellowship positions around the United States in the district offices of Members of the United States House of Representatives; and
WHEREAS, The two-year federal fellowships provide veterans with experience and exposure to broaden their career opportunities. Whenever possible, the veterans selected to participate in the federal program are given the opportunity to transition into full-time employment; and
WHEREAS, A person is eligible to participate in the federal program if he or she was honorably discharged from active duty within the last five years at a specified pay grade and has a 20 percent or greater service connected disability rating or is a Purple Heart recipient; and
WHEREAS, The unemployment rate for disabled veterans is markedly higher than the general population; and
WHEREAS, The Council of Economic Advisors published a study in November 2013 indicating that the unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans stands at 10 percent and increases to 12.5 percent for those with major disabilities; and
WHEREAS, The federal program has been a tremendous success during the 11 years that it has been in existence and has opened new career paths to many wounded and disabled veterans; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature honors the achievements of the federal Wounded Warrior Program and encourages the Assembly Committee on Rules to study the potential of implementing similar programs in the Legislature.