Amended in Assembly March 14, 2016

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly Joint ResolutionNo. 20

Introduced by Assembly Member Kim

(Coauthors: Assembly Members Travis Allen, Brough, and Chang)

(Coauthors: Senatorsbegin delete Batesend deletebegin insert Bates, Huff,end insert and Mendoza)

May 28, 2015

Assembly Joint Resolution No. 20—Relative to Veterans Affairs hospitals.


AJR 20, as amended, Kim. Veterans Affairs hospitals.

This measure would request the Congress of the United States to support and build a central Veterans Affairsbegin delete hospitalend deletebegin insert Hospitalend insert in Orange County.

Fiscal committee: no.

P1    1WHEREAS, Many service members returning home to Orange
2County face significant barriers to a successful transition back to
3civilian life; and

4WHEREAS, Sixty-one percent of post-9/11 Orange County
5veterans reported difficulties adjusting to civilian life and needing
6time to figure out what to do after service in the military; and

7WHEREAS, About one in five post-9/11 veterans in Orange
8County have considered suicide, and one in six developed a suicide
9begin delete plan, and amongend deletebegin insert plan. Amongend insert those Orange County veterans who
10considered or made a plan to commit suicide, about one-half did
11not seek help; and

P2    1WHEREAS, Orange County veterans have reported barriers,
2including not knowing where to access services, difficulty
3scheduling appointments, and concerns about confidentiality and
4treatment; and

5WHEREAS, Twenty-five percent of post-9/11 veterans and 9
6percent of pre-9/11 veterans indicated severe physical health
7symptoms. In addition, post-9/11 veterans were more likely to
8screen positive for post-traumatic stress disorder and depression
9than pre-9/11 veterans; and

10WHEREAS, One-half of all Orange County post-9/11 veterans
11reported their greatest needs as Veterans Affairs service assistance
12and health care assistance; and

13WHEREAS, Only 24 percent of Orange County veterans
14reported that they could handle the challenges on their own, and
15their needs are not being met; and

16WHEREAS, A considerable number of Orange County veterans
17are not receiving care for physical and psychological issues, and
18have a high rate of mental health concerns; now, therefore, be it

19Resolved by the Assembly and the Senate of the State of
20California, jointly,
That the Legislature urges the Congress of the
21United States to support and build a central Veterans Affairs
22Hospital in Orange County for the mental health care needs of
23local veterans; and be it further

24Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies
25of this resolution to the President and Vice President of the United
26States, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives,
27the Majority Leader of the United States Senate, each Senator and
28Representative from California in the Congress of the United
29States, and to the author for appropriate distribution.