SUPPORTING OUR WOUNDED WARRIORS
While tomorrow, on Veterans Day, we will honor our veterans with ceremonies and gatherings, I believe our veterans also deserve our support year-round.
They contribute greatly to our communities and have sacrificed much. But sometimes they struggle with challenges as a result of their time in combat and need and have earned our help.
This year, I authored Senate Bill 221, the California Wounded Warriors Transitional Leave Act, which was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. When it takes effect on January 1, 2016, it will give new state employees who are disabled veterans up to 96 hours of sick leave to attend medical and VA appointments during work hours without having to take unpaid leave.
This allows these veterans to access the care they need without having to jeopardize their livelihoods or miss important health-related appointments, and shows our continued commitment to these brave men and women who have served our country. The bill had the support of numerous veterans organizations, including the California chapters of the American Legion, AMVETS, Military Officers Association of America, the VFW, and the Vietnam Veterans of America, and others.
In this year's state budget, I also voted in support of $5.6 million in permanent funding for County Veterans Services Offices, which play a vital role connecting veterans with their federal benefits and local resources.
Tomorrow, I will be attending a number of local Veterans Day events. I hope to see you there as we honor our veterans' contributions and say thank you for all they have done. Let's show our appreciation tomorrow and throughout the year.
As always, please stay in touch. You can contact me by email, and follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
State Senator, 19th Senate District