Posts Tagged ‘legislation to benefit veterans’

California Helping Disabled Veterans Get Work

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

California has 243,443 veterans receiving monthly disability payments, according to the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). California’s number of combat veterans has increased recently but conversely, the overall number of veterans has declined.

The increased number of veterans returning to California from deployment has launched a push to help disabled veterans get work with focusing on veterans owning or launching small businesses.

California has yet to meet its goal of awarding at least 3% of its contract business to disabled veterans despite the 1,119 businesses owned by disabled veterans and despite the $9 million the state spends every year on contracts and purchasing.

For years there have been financial incentives for state agencies to award contracts to veteran owned businesses. New evolutions in state law provide two new ways to help veterans garner more of the available money.

First, a new law was passed requiring companies to prove they made an effort to use disabled veteran owned business as subcontractors or face penalties. Second, the “good-faith effort” provision, which allowed contractors to simply submit a form stating they attempted to use a disabled veteran owned business, was eliminated.

Many disabled veteran owned businesses immediately saw the benefits of these two improvements in the system with increased number of contracts. While benefits were not seen by every disabled veteran-owned business, this is definitely a step in the right direction.

Learn more about how California is helping disabled veterans find work from state contracts.

Disabled veterans may benefit from new legislation in Massachusetts

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

If approved by the state Senate, Massachusetts veterans will benefit from a new bill that provides additional resources for them. The state already has a “Welcome Home program” that gives bonuses to soldiers returning from military service. New legislation adds to the program and provides additional state benefits for all veterans.

Included in the bill which was recently approved by the Massachusetts House of Representatives, are provisions for the following:

  • Additional bonus money for subsequent deployments
  • A private, nonprofit corporation that would construct and operate state veterans homes
  • Exemption for veterans from permits and licenses needed for certain jobs in consideration of military experience and education
  • Mandatory state contract awards to disabled veterans

Read more about the proposed legislation to benefit veterans in one state.