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          Date of Hearing:   June 29, 2010

                       ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON VETERANS AFFAIRS
                                 Paul J. Cook, Chair
                    SB 1127 (Oropeza) - As Amended:  May 18, 2010

           SENATE VOTE  :   35-0
           
          SUBJECT  :   Veterans: information to family members.

           SUMMARY  :   Requires the California Department of Veterans  
          Affairs 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 department.  

           EXISTING LAW  requires CDVA to aid and assist California veterans  
          and their families and to administer the California Veterans  
          Homes.

           FISCAL EFFECT  :   No cost was identified by Senate Appropriations  
          Committee.

           COMMENTS :   According to the author, who cites several recent  
          studies, 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 cover that particular ailment.   
          Veterans from our current conflicts are falling into  
          homelessness faster than their Vietnam counterparts because of  
          the inability to integrate back into civilian life. 









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          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.

           REGISTERED SUPPORT / OPPOSITION  :

           Support 
           
          None on file.
           
            Opposition 
           
          None on file.

           Analysis Prepared by  :    Eric Worthen / V. A. / (916) 319-3550