May is National Military Appreciation Month.
There is no way to pay back the sacrifices made by our Veteran heroes and their families, but in Sacramento, we should do all we can to ensure their commitment to our country has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated.
Here are just a few of the bills I am proud to author and co-author:
Supporting Military Families
AB 1629: After the death of a military service member, benefits received by widows and orphans from Survivor Benefit Plans are considered a taxable income source. This bill would make the first $20,000 of payments from SBP tax-exempt each year in California.
Veterans Benefit Outreach
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 with the California Veterans Administration (CalVet) to help further connect them with their well-deserved benefits.
Veterans Mental Health
AB 1692 (Voepel) Co-Author: Directs the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) to establish a program to fund a study on women Veterans' mental health. This takes the first step in creating and understanding women Veteran-specific data about mental health issues, how those stressors manifest, what support is necessary, and, hopefully, shed some light on how to reduce overall women Veteran suicide.
AB 1151 (Smith) Co-Author: Eliminates the $5 fee charged by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for Veterans to have the word "VETERAN" printed on the face of a driver's license or identification card.
Honoring our Service Members
ACR 121: Declares August 7, 2022, as Purple Heart Day in California in honor of the many service members and Veterans who were injured or killed by enemy actions in service to our country.
Here are a few ways you and your family can show your appreciation to our military members and their families this month.
- Visit wounded Veterans at a VA facility near you
- Provide transportation or donate food
- Perform home repairs or household chores
- Donate your time to a Veteran organization
- Write a letter of gratitude or send a care package
- Spend quality time talking and listening to a Veteran
- Visit a local Veterans memorial with your children
- Say thank you
It is my honor to serve you in our 67th District, home to one of California’s largest Veterans populations.
To all current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, military spouses and their families, and those who have fallen fighting in defense of our freedoms, we THANK YOU for your sacrifice and service.