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Veterans in California may find it easier to get mental health assistance, after the Governor signed into law a bill from a Ventura County legislator.

AB 2325 prevents California’s counties from denying mental or behavioral health serves to veterans.

Dozens of Vietnam veterans are busy on the front lawn of the Ventura County Government Center, assembling a tribute to their friends in uniform who paid the ultimate price for the country.

The Moving Wall is a 256 foot long, half size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. Like the national memorial, it contains the names of the more than 58,000 American who died in the conflict.

A new bill by a South Coast legislator intended to get more rapid mental health services for veterans has been passed by the State Assembly.

AB 2325 bans counties from denying mental aid to veterans because they might be covered the federal Department of Veterans Affairs.

A foundation has donated more than $200,000 to help veterans who are students at a South Coast university.

The Dr. Richard Grossman Burn Foundation is giving $220,000 to the Cal State Channel Islands Veterans Affair Program.

About 100 military veterans spent the past three days in the Santa Monica Mountains training to fight wildfires.

A group of mostly veterans is undergoing a communication training exercise. They’re holding a string while blindfolded, and they have to work together to create different shapes.

They served their country in uniform. But now, they call the streets of Ventura County home.

One survey puts their numbers in the dozens, while some non-profit groups think the numbers could be in the hundreds. A new, first of its kind project in Ventura County is hoping to get some of those homeless veterans into homes.

(Department of Defense photo)

It’s been more than a half century since the United States was engaged in the Vietnam War, and an event this weekend in Ventura County will look at some of the ongoing impacts.

The City of Camarillo is hosting a panel called “The Vietnam War: What It Means For Us Today.”

Photo by Patriotic Productions

There’s a special exhibit this weekend on the South Coast that honors service men and women who lost their lives during the War On Terror.

It’s the National Remembering Our Fallen Exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley.

Gold Star mother Noala Fritz, who lost her son Jacob in 2007, is traveling with this national memorial.

In the summer of 1944, U.S. military forces took part in one of a series of key military battles aimed at defeating Japan, and winning World War II.

U.S. forces invaded the Japanese held island of Guam. It’s a story we might see today on the History Channel. But, for a 95 year old Ventura County man, it’s a memory.

A Santa Barbara congressman is co-author of new legislation intended to give disabled veterans a better shot at getting into affordable housing.

HR 4322 would exempt veterans disability benefits from counting towards total income when the federal government is determining housing aid eligibility. Democratic Congressman Salud Carbajal of Santa Barbara co-authored the bill with Republican Congressman Lloyd Smucker of Pennsylvania.

Carbajal says under the current formula many veterans are ineligible for housing assistance, despite their service related injuries or illness.

The House of Representatives passed a bill co-authored by a Ventura County congresswoman intended to improve healthcare for veterans.

HR 2123 would give Veterans Administration credentialed health care professionals the ability to practice telemedicine across state boarders, without having to get a new license in that state. The idea is that it would expand access to health care services for veterans in rural areas, where VA services aren’t readily available.

A Santa Barbara congressman is co-author of bipartisan legislation intended to make it easier for veterans to get some benefits they’re supposed to receive.

The Veterans Record Reconstruction Act would streamline the process of rebuilding missing, or damaged service records. The records are key in determining the eligibility of veterans for benefits. A fire decades ago destroyed the records of millions of World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans, making it difficult for some of them to get the benefits they are eligible to receive.

The governor has signed into law a bill from a state senator from Santa Barbara intended to help some veterans in trouble with the law over substance abuse.

SB 725 by Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara clarifies language in state law which will now allow veterans with misdemeanor DUI’s to qualify for pretrial diversion programs.

Jackson says the change will get veterans dealing with substance abuse and mental health issues the help they need much more quickly.

Tyler Hoffman is in Ventura County as part of a big adventure.

The House of Representatives passed legislation which would authorize 28 new VA medical facilities across the country, including one on the South Coast.

Democratic Congresswoman Julia Brownley of Westlake Village has been spearheading the effort to open a new 41,000 square foot VA facility in Oxnard.

The facility would provide a number of services that veterans currently must go to Los Angeles to receive, and is also intended to help reduce wait times for appointments.

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