Senator Newman’s Measure to Provide Additional Aid to Incarcerated Veterans Heads to Governor Brown

Thursday, September 14 2017

Sacramento, CA – Senator Newman’s measure to help assist incarcerated veterans with their claims and benefits has passed the Senate on a 39-0 vote and is on its way to Governor Brown. Senate Bill (SB) 776 will establish seven veteran representative positions within the state Department of Veterans Affairs, to assist incarcerated veterans with their claims and benefits.

“Many of our veterans end up in incarceration as a result of lasting effects of their service to our nation. We owe it to our veterans who are incarcerated, to make sure their right to services is not overlooked,” said Newman. “Many incarcerated veterans are not aware of the services for which they are eligible both in incarceration and upon release. We’ve seen great success with veteran representatives in some parts of the state; I’d like to see all veterans in California have access to a representative who can work on their behalf.”

Research indicates that incarcerated veterans who receive support in accessing the benefits for which they are eligible upon release are better institutional citizens and have significantly reduced rates of recidivism. SB 776 measure aims to help incarcerated veterans and their families with reentry, and reduce overall rates of recidivism.

Another military measure, Senate Bill (SB) 731, which grants additional sick leave benefits to National Guard service members who are certificated or classified school employees, was also passed by Newman’s colleagues in the Senate on a unanimous roll call vote.

You can view Senator Newman’s presentation on SB 776 here.

State Senator Josh Newman is a veteran of the United States Army and Chair of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Newman represents Senate District 29 which includes cities across Orange, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino Counties.