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                                    THIRD READING

          Bill No:  AB 287
          Author:   Frazier (D), et al.
          Amended:  4/29/13 in Assembly
          Vote:     21

           SENATE VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE  :  7-0, 6/25/13
          AYES:  Hueso, Knight, Block, Correa, Lieu, Nielsen, Roth
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Vacancy

           SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE  :  Senate Rule 28.8

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  :  70-0, 5/16/13 - See last page for vote

           SUBJECT  :    Vietnam veterans memorial:  update

           SOURCE  :     Vietnam Veterans of America  California State  
                      California State Commanders Veterans Council

           DIGEST  :    This bill, until January 1, 2020, requires the  
          Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) to annually compile a  
          list of names of Vietnam veterans to be added to the Memorial,  
          as specified and requires CalVet to form a committee to review  
          and consider requests from the public to include names on the  
          Memorial.  This bill authorizes the names on the list to be  
          added to the Memorial if specified requirements are met,  
          including that adequate private funding is available.

           ANALYSIS  :    Existing law provides authorization and establishes  
          a process for designing and constructing a Vietnam Veterans  


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          This bill:

          1.Requires CalVet to compile a list of names of deceased Vietnam  
            veterans to update the names currently depicted on Vietnam  
            Veterans Memorial.

          2.Directs CalVet to compile this list by November 1, 2014, and  
            to update it annually by November 1.

          3.Requires CalVet, by July 2014, to form a committee to review  
            and consider requests to include names on the Memorial.   
            Requires the committee be chaired by the CalVet Secretary (or  
            designee), and include three representatives from the  
            California State Commanders Veterans Council and two  
            representatives from the Vietnam Veterans of America,  
            California State Council.

          4.Provides that the list contain the names of persons not  
            included on the Memorial at the time the List is compiled,  
            including the names of veterans inadvertently left off and the  
            names of veterans who later died as a result of illness or  
            injuries, including physical or mental injuries documented by  
            the Department of Defense (DOD), the U.S. Veterans  
            Administration, or licensed medical professionals, that can  
            reasonably be assumed to have resulted from military service  
            in the Vietnam War.

          5.States that any veterans service organization or individual  
            may submit the name of a veteran to the committee requesting  
            it to be included on the list.

          6.States that the names on the list may be added to the Memorial  
            if adequate private funding is available and there is  
            sufficient space on the Memorial to accommodate the names.

          7.Sunsets the bill on January 1, 2020.

          The Vietnam War was fought from 1961 to 1975, and involved North  
          Vietnam and the Viet Cong in conflict with the United States and  
          South Vietnam.  The United States became involved in Vietnam  



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          because policymakers in the United States believed that if South  
          Vietnam fell to a communist government, communism would spread  
          throughout the rest of Southeast Asia.  

          More than 350,000 California veterans served in the Vietnam War,  
          40,000 of whom were wounded and 5,822 of whom were missing in  
          action or killed, representing more than 10% of the nation's  
          total casualties in that war. In fact, more California residents  
          gave their lives in the Vietnam War than residents of any other  
          state, and more Californians were awarded the Medal of Honor,  
          the Bronze Star, or the Purple Heart than veterans of any other  

          The California Memorial, dedicated in 1988, is located in the  
          eastern portion of the State Capitol grounds.  It is sited near  
          the Rose Garden in a quiet, lush setting. Wide, paved paths lead  
          to the Memorial from the street as well as from the rest of the  
          Capitol grounds.  There is a large grassy area around the  
          Memorial, with benches scattered around the area.

          The Memorial is circular in design, with full relief bronze  
          sculptures depicting scenes from daily life during the war.  The  
          sculptures represent many sides of the war, with grunts, nurses,  
          and POWs.  The American flag waves over the Memorial.  The 5,822  
          names of California's dead and missing are engraved on  
          twenty-two black granite panels, arranged by their hometowns.   
          In a ring arranged around the granite panels, there are stone  
          benches facing the names. The $2.5 million Memorial was built  
          entirely through donations.

           Prior Legislation
          AB 650 (Floyd, Chapter 1042, Statutes of 1983) authorized and  
          established a process for designing and constructing a Vietnam  
          Veterans Memorial.

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

           SUPPORT  :   (Verified  8/9/13)

          Vietnam Veterans of America - California State Council  
          California State Commanders Veterans Council (co-source) 



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           ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT  :    According to the author, "There are  
          several reasons why veterans were not included on the original  
          Memorial at the time it was constructed. Some were inadvertently  
          left off the original list. But many others died after returning  
          from service, as a direct result of injuries or illness  
          resulting from their service in the Vietnam War, including  
          conditions from Agent Orange exposure which may take a long time  
          to manifest.

          "The intent of the Memorial is to honor and remember  
          California's Vietnam veterans who died as a result of their  
          injuries from the war or went missing during the war.  The bill  
          would further that purpose by making the Memorial as complete as  
          possible so that all California Vietnam veterans are honored and  
          no one is ever forgotten."

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  :  70-0, 5/16/13
          AYES:  Achadjian, Alejo, Ammiano, Atkins, Bigelow, Bloom,  
            Blumenfield, Bocanegra, Bonilla, Bonta, Bradford, Brown, Ian  
            Calderon, Campos, Chau, Chávez, Chesbro, Conway, Cooley,  
            Dahle, Daly, Dickinson, Donnelly, Fong, Fox, Frazier, Garcia,  
            Gatto, Gomez, Gordon, Gorell, Gray, Hagman, Hall, Harkey,  
            Roger Hernández, Jones, Jones-Sawyer, Levine, Linder, Logue,  
            Lowenthal, Maienschein, Mansoor, Medina, Mitchell, Mullin,  
            Muratsuchi, Nazarian, Nestande, Olsen, Pan, Patterson, Perea,  
            V. Manuel Pérez, Quirk, Quirk-Silva, Rendon, Salas, Skinner,  
            Ting, Torres, Wagner, Waldron, Weber, Wieckowski, Wilk,  
            Williams, Yamada, John A. Pérez
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Allen, Buchanan, Eggman, Beth Gaines, Grove,  
            Holden, Melendez, Morrell, Stone, Vacancy

          AL:nl  8/13/13   Senate Floor Analyses 

                           SUPPORT/OPPOSITION:  SEE ABOVE

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