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California Laws | Military and Veterans Code
DIVISION 4. VETERANS' AID AND WELFARE
CHAPTER 5. LOCAL AID

(d) The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Employment Development, after consulting with participating counties, shall jointly report to the Legislature by January 1, 2002, regarding the progress of the program. (1392)

Article 5. Veterans' Affairs Commissions (975-975.5) (1393)(Text)

975. The board of supervisors of any county may create and appoint members to a veterans' affairs commission either as an independent agency or in conjunction with a California National Guard members' commission or a veterans' memorial commission, or in any combination of these commissions. (1394)

975.5. (a) The Department of Veterans Affairs shall provide for one paid veterans assistant position within the office of the county veteran service officer for the County of Los Angeles. The department shall establish one similar position for the County of San Diego and one similar position for the City and County of San Francisco. (1395)

(b) The veterans assistants employed under subdivision (a) shall conduct outreach programs in order to make veterans aware of readjustment counseling services and alcohol and drug abuse programs offered by community-based organizations and city, county, and federal agencies. The veterans assistants shall advise and counsel veterans concerning readjustment counseling programs and refer veterans to appropriate community-based or city, county, or federal counseling programs. (1396)

CHAPTER 6. STATE BENEFITS FOR VETERANS (1397)(Text)

Article 1. Veterans (980-980.5) (1398)(Text)

980. (a) As used in this chapter, "veteran" means any of the following: (1399)

(1) Any citizen of the United States who served in the active military, naval, or air service of the United States on or after April 6, 1917, and prior to November 12, 1918, and who received an honorable discharge or was released from active duty under honorable conditions. (1400)

(2) Any person who did all of the following: (1401)

(A) Served in the active military, naval, or air service of the United States for a period of not less than 90 consecutive days or was discharged from the service due to a service-connected disability within that 90-day period. (1402)

(B) Received an honorable discharge or was released from active duty under honorable conditions. (1403)

(C) Performed any portion of that service during any of the following periods: (1404)

(i) On or after December 7, 1941, and prior to January 1, 1947, including, but not limited to, members of the Philippine Commonwealth Army, the Regular Scouts ("Old Scouts"), and the Special Philippine Scouts ("New Scouts"). (1405)

(ii) On or after June 27, 1950, and prior to February 1, 1955. (1406)

(iii) On or after February 28, 1961, and prior to August 5, 1964, in the case of a veteran who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period. (1407)

(iv) On or after August 5, 1964, and prior to May 8, 1975. (1408)

(v) On or after August 2, 1990, to and including the date on which the territories in and around the Arabian Peninsula cease to be designated as a place where the armed forces of the United States are engaged in combat, as described in Executive Order 12744 of the President of the United States. It is the intent of the Legislature, in enacting this clause, that the benefits provided by this chapter shall be available to all veterans who were on active duty in the armed forces of the United States or who were called to active duty in the reserves or National Guard during the pendency of the deployment of forces for Operation Desert Shield or Desert Storm, which resulted in Executive Order 12744, irrespective of whether these veterans served overseas or in the United States. (1409)

(vi) At any time, in a campaign or expedition for service in which a medal has been authorized by the government of the United States, regardless of the number of days served on active duty. (1410)

(vii) At any time in Somalia, or in direct support of the troops in Somalia, including, but not limited to, persons stationed on ships of the United States armed forces conducting support activities offshore in the vicinity of Somalia, during Operation Restore Hope, regardless of the number of days served. (1411)

(3) Any member of the reserves or National Guard who does all the following: (1412)

(A) Is called to, and released from, active duty or active service, regardless of the number of days served. (1413)

(B) Is called during any period when a presidential executive order specifies the United States is engaged in combat or homeland defense. (1414)

(C) Has received an honorable discharge or was released from active duty or active service under honorable conditions. (1415)

(4) Any person who did all of the following: (1416)

(A) Served in the Merchant Marine Service of the United States. (1417)

(B) Has been granted veteran status by the United States Secretary of Defense under Title IV of the GI Improvement Act of 1977 (Public Law 95-202, as amended). (1418)

(5) Any person who qualifies under federal laws for revenue bond or unrestricted funds (26 U.S.C. Sec. 143) and did all of the following: (1419)

(A) Served in the active military, naval, or air service of the United States for a period of not less than 90 consecutive days. (1420)

(B) Received an honorable discharge or was released from active duty or active service under honorable conditions. (1421)

(6) Any person who qualifies for funds made available from a qualified mortgage revenue bond issued pursuant to 26 U.S.C. Section 143 and is, at the time of application for Cal-Vet benefits, a member of the California National Guard or a reserve component of any branch of the United States armed forces who has enlisted or been commissioned in that service for a period of not less that six years and has completed a minimum of one year of satisfactory service. (1422)

(b) For purposes of this chapter "veteran" does not include any of the following: (1423)

(1) A person who was separated from the armed forces under other than honorable conditions. (1424)

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