Sacramento, CA – Assembly Bill 287 by Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) was approved by the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee yesterday. The bill requires the California Department of Veterans Affairs to annually compile a list of eligible Vietnam Veterans to be added to the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
In 1983, Assemblymember Richard E. Floyd established the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the State Capitol in Sacramento to honor those who died during the Vietnam War. However, some veterans deserving of recognition on the memorial were not included at the time it was constructed. Some were inadvertently left off the original list, but many others died after returning from service as a direct result of injuries and illness resulting from their service in the Vietnam War.
AB 287 allows Vietnam Veterans who were not included on the original memorial, but who have died as a direct result of injuries or illness suffered during the conflict, to be added to the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The bill also allows the addition of veteran names that were inadvertently left off the list, and allows veterans service organizations and individuals to submit names for consideration of inclusion on the memorial, including those who have died as a result of exposure to the pesticide Agent Orange.
“It is my honor to keep the memory alive of the brave men and women who showed such dedicated service to duty and to our country,” said Assemblymember Frazier. “It is my hope that this lasting memorial will be of some small comfort to the family members who lost a loved one as a direct result of their service in Vietnam.”
To contact Assemblymember Jim Frazier please visit his website at http://www.asmdc.org/members/a11/ or call his District Offices at 707-399-301 or 925-778-5790, or his Capitol Office at 916-319-2011.