SACRAMENTO (May 10, 2012) - Assemblyman Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) has been selected as Legislator of the Year for 2011 by The California Association of County Veterans Service Officers (CACVSO) and was given this award during CACVSO conference yesterday in Sacramento.
"I feel honored to receive this award," said Nielsen. "Veterans and the respect and care we accord them are always on my mind as a policy maker. I hope to inspire other Legislators and the Governor in also making them a priority when budget decisions are drafted- they have earned it."
"California has over two million veterans and there are thirty thousand young men and women discharging from the current conflicts into this state each year," said Charles Hunnicutt, the President of the CACVSO. "Helping these veterans is the job of CVSOs and we can't do our job without the dedicated support of legislators like Assemblyman Nielsen. He understands the challenges faced by veterans seeking to gain access to the care and services they earn by virtue of their military service."
"Assemblyman Nielsen is a friend to the veterans and has championed the cause of our Veterans Home as well as other veteran-related legislation," said Bob Dunlap, Shasta County Veterans Service Officer.
The California Association of County Veterans Service Officers was established in 1945 to provide services to returning World War II veterans at the local level. The Association is made up of CVSOs located in 56 of 58 California counties. As county employees, CVSOs annually help California veterans obtain over $285 million in federal benefits, many of which would otherwise be paid by the state general fund. CVSOs are highly trained professionals who adhere to the highest standards of education and training, while providing dedicated service to California's 2 million veterans as well as their dependents and survivors.