California is home to nearly 1.8 million veterans, with that population expected to increase significantly over the next five years. RCRC supports policies that ensure veterans receive the resources and services they have earned through their military service. Access to healthcare, education, housing, and employment assistance are all critical to a veteran's successful transition into civilian life.
Specialized military training, including firefighting and law enforcement, often are not recognized when veterans are attempting to transition into the civilian workforce. RCRC supports changes to law that would allow specialized training completed during military service to qualify as training for non-military employment to speed up re-integration of veterans into communities without having to bear the cost of duplicative state-mandated training.
RCRC is dedicated to the ideal that each county should have the right to support their military and veteran families in the way that best suits the needs of their communities, including reducing or waiving permit fees, incentivizing veteran-owned businesses, or through other means devised by the individual counties without restriction from the State.
County Veterans Service Officer Program (CVSOs): The County Veterans Service Officer (CVSO) program plays a critical role in assisting military veterans and their families in receiving the benefits they have earned through their service to our country. Currently, 56 counties have operating CVSO offices (due to low population numbers Sierra and Alpine counties do not).
Historically, the State provides CVSOs with $2.6 million in funding each year. The State Budget sometimes provides additional one-time augmentations to the standard allocation. RCRC supports a stable funding stream through a continuous appropriation for CVSOs which allow counties to provide their veterans with additional resources and a higher level of service by removing the year-to-year budget uncertainty of their funding.
General Assistance to Veterans: Each county’s general assistance program is 100 percent funded by counties. RCRC supports the ability for counties to have full flexibility and discretion in setting benefit levels and eligibility requirements, including county-funded General Assistance payments over and above the state-mandated minimum for all individuals, including veterans. RCRC supports counties having the right to set different eligibility standards for veterans than other aid recipients.
Staff: Tracy Rhine