Veterans Board Mandated to Include Vet Experienced in Women's Issues

August 28, 2012

Assemblywoman Mitchell bill signed into law by Governor

AB 2548, which requires that one of the seven appointed members of California's Veterans Board have substantial training, professional knowledge, or experience in the issues faced by female veterans, has been signed by the Governor. The bill, carried by Assemblymember Holly Mitchell was adopted by the Legislature on a bipartisan vote and becomes effective January 1st.

Addressing the needs of women veterans is increasingly important as more women serve – and are needed to serve – in our armed forces, said Assemblymember Holly Mitchell (D-Culver City), who carried the bill. Now we can have more confidence that the body charged with making policy recommendations to our Department of Veteran Affairs will include a vet whose experience reflects the kinds of issues women face in military life.

About 2.1 million veterans live in California, of whom nearly 167,000 are women. Women enlistments in the armed services have steadily risen over the past decade yet more women face challenges in resuming civilian life.

Women veterans are at a higher risk than their male counterparts for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Military Sexual Trauma.

Contact: Charles Stewart, (310) 482-1070