Sacramento, CA – Today, the Vietnam Veterans of America, California State Council (VVA-CSC) honored Assemblyman Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) as Legislator of the Year for 2013. The VVA-CSC Legislator of the Year award is given to legislators who have supported California veterans and their families while serving in the Legislature.
“I am truly humbled to be selected by the VVA-CSC as Legislator of the Year,” said Assemblymember Frazier. “Words cannot express how thankful I am to have the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of California’s veterans. Although their service is a debt that can never be repaid, I will continue in my efforts to give back to those who served our country to protect our freedoms.”
Upon being elected to the State Assembly, Assemblymember Frazier has worked hard to support veterans through his legislation. His first bill, Assembly Bill 287, requires the California Department of Veterans Affairs to annually compile a list of Vietnam veteran names to be added to the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Many Vietnam 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 home as a direct result of injuries or illness during their service in Vietnam. Governor Brown signed this bill into law on September 6, 2013.
“We appreciate Assemblymember Frazier’s dedication to improving the quality of life for Vietnam Veterans and their families,” said Ken Holybee, Legislative Chairman of VVA-CSC. “Many issues surrounding Vietnam veterans require a long-term commitment, and we are confident that Assemblymember Frazier and his staff will continue to be strong advocates for the well-being of California’s Vietnam veterans.”
Assemblymember Frazier has also introduced AB 1637, a bill that requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue a driver’s license or identification card with a “VETERAN” designation. The designation would ensure that veterans can quickly and easily identify themselves and access the services and benefits they are entitled to without having to carry around a DD-214.
This past February, Assemblymember Frazier brought The Wall That Heals, a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., to the State Capitol. The Wall is meant to provide healing and closure for Vietnam veterans and their families who are unable to make the trip to Washington D.C.
The Vietnam Veterans of America, California State Council has over 4300 members and is the California unit of the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA). VVA was founded in 1978 to promote, support, and aggressively advocate on the full range of issues important to Vietnam veterans, the next generation of America’s war veterans, and to also serve our local communities.
To contact Assemblymember Jim Frazier please visit his website at http://www.asmdc.org/members/a11/ or call his District Offices at 707-399-3011 or 925-778-5790.