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                                 THIRD READING


          Bill No:  SB 1127
          Author:   Oropeza (D)
          Amended:  5/18/10
          Vote:     21

           
           SENATE VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE  :  4-0, 4/13/10
          AYES:  Denham, Correa, Negrete McLeod, Cedillo
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Wyland, Vacancy, Vacancy

           SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE  :  Senate Rule 28.8


           SUBJECT  :    Veterans:  ailments from various conflicts:   
          information to 
                      family members

           SOURCE  :     Author


           DIGEST  :    This bill requires the Department of Veterans  
          Affairs (DVA) to make available to family members of  
          veterans returning from active duty user friendly Internet  
          resources that provide information on the signs of  
          pertinent ailments from various conflicts, and printed  
          material regarding those ailments at any public function of  
          the DVA.

           ANALYSIS  :    

          This bill:

          1. Requires the DVA to make available to family members of  
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             veterans returning from active duty user friendly  
             Internet resources that provide information on the signs  
             of pertinent ailments from various conflicts, including,  
             but not limited to, all of the following:

             A.    Exposure to Agent Orange and post-traumatic stress  
                disorder from the Vietnam War.

             B.    Exposure to depleted uranium and Gulf War Syndrome  
                from Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert  
                Storm.

             C.    Traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress  
                disorder from Operation Enduring Freedom and  
                Operation Iraqi Freedom.

          2. Stipulates that the Internet resources shall provide  
             links to the appropriate agency or person that may help  
             the family members of the veteran address any issues  
             arising from these ailments.

          3. Requires printed material regarding these ailments to be  
             available at any public function of the DVA.
           
          Comments
          
           According to the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee  
          analysis, returning war veterans can often have problems  
          reintegrating to society.  In the modern era, American  
          society witnessed the problem of reintegration in the early  
          1980s when it was discovered that many of the people on  
          skid row were Vietnam Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress  
          Syndrome, now known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder  
          (PTSD).  Traditionally it is the Federal Government's  
          responsibility to take care of veterans, but as more and  
          more unseen ailments such as PTSD and Traumatic Brain  
          Injury are affecting veterans who are being discharged  
          without diagnosis and without notification to the federal  
          Veterans' Administration (VA).

          As a result of unseen and undiagnosed ailments these  
          veterans then fall through the cracks of the VA health  
          system and land on county mental health systems, which  
          according to the funding in that county, may or may not  







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          cover that particular ailment.

          When these conditions go untreated some veterans turn to  
          drugs and alcohol and can often lose what few benefits they  
          have.  The loss of these benefits only continues the  
          downward spiral.  When veterans return home undiagnosed and  
          outside of the VA system, their family is often the only  
          asset left to help get these veterans help.

          This bill requires the DVA to make this information  
          available to family members of veterans returning from  
          active duty.

           FISCAL EFFECT  :    Appropriation:  No   Fiscal Com.:  Yes    
          Local:  No

           SUPPORT  :   (Verified  5/18/10)

          American Legion, Department of California
          AMVETS, Department of California
          Vietnam Veterans of America, California State Council


          TSM:mw  5/18/10   Senate Floor Analyses 

                         SUPPORT/OPPOSITION:  SEE ABOVE

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