Assemblymember Seyarto’s Bill to Connect California’s Veterans with Their Benefits Signed Into Law

SACRAMENTO—Assemblymember Kelly Seyarto (R-Murrieta) is proud to announce that the Governor has signed his legislation to create a more streamlined way for Veterans to connect with CalVet and increase their access to information about available services and benefits.

AB 1633 creates a pathway for the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems to share the contact information of student Veterans using GI benefits, with the student’s permission, with the California Veterans Administration (CalVet).

"One of the primary reasons Veterans struggle when coming back to our communities is simply the lack of connection to many of the resources offered,” said Seyarto. “Unfortunately, CalVet does not have accurate, up-to-date information sources and relies on Veterans themselves showing up and asking for help. This bill will connect Veterans with CalVet through their use of education benefits. Every connection made is a connection to help a Veteran and their family."

According to CalVet, historically the largest demand for benefits and services for Veterans occurs immediately after discharge. Higher Education serves as a first step for many, and currently 61% of Veterans choose a public college or university. By choosing to opt-in to share their personal contact information with CalVet, Veterans will then be able to take advantage of many programs including employment assistance, housing assistance, and even home loans as they establish themselves in their new civilian lives.

Before being signed into law, AB 1633 passed through both the Senate and Assembly with no opposition and bipartisan support.