Nielsen's Bill To Improve Benefits For Veterans Passes First Committee

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

SACRAMENTO (April 10, 2012) - Assemblyman Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) announced that Assembly Bill (AB) 2198 passed unanimously out of the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee today. AB 2198 requires that CDVA include in its annual report to the Legislature and Department of Finance the amount of services received and the number of claims filed by county veterans service officers. It also requires the report to include information concerning the number of homeless veterans who were assisted in obtaining federal benefits by county veterans service officers, and it extends the due date of the annual report from January 1st to March 1st of each year. 

"This bill will help veterans receive their much needed and deserved benefits," said Nielsen. "It will provide accountability and oversight that will ensure our veterans an array of quality services."

The CDVA estimated that California's veterans are foregoing as much as $1.5 billion in federal benefits to which they are entitled. Current data shows that approximately 15.06% of California veterans receive federal compensation and pension benefits, averaging $1,929 per month per veteran. California ranks below the national average (15.72%) in both percentage of veterans receiving benefits and the amount they receive. California contains the largest population of homeless veterans in the nation.