Whereas, at discharge from military service, veterans are not automatically enrolled in the Veterans’ Administration; and are poorly informed of VA services and locations, and face an inordinate delay in the processing of their claims, in some cases as long as two years, and
Whereas, more than 2.2 million troops returning from Afghanistan and Iraq face new battles as they transition back to civilian life including physical, mental and emotional wounds such as PTSD which if not treated, can lead to troubled relationships, lost jobs, substance abuse, homelessness and even suicide, and
Whereas, the Los Angeles National Cemetery has been closed to new burials since 1976, and closed to interment of new cremations since 1997,and there are approximately 400,000 veterans in the Greater Los Angeles area,
Therefore be it resolved, that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party supports the immediate implementation of the following by the Department of Defense and the Veterans’ Administration:
1) Promptly develop a system of concurrent physical exams and enrollment in the VA system, with issuance of a VA ID Card at the time of discharge , and
2) Provide Permanent Supportive Housing with robust individualized and comprehensive services to promote independent living leading to an early return to the community life, avoiding the more expensive institutions such as jails, hospitals, and homeless shelters, and
3) Expedite construction of the planned first phase of the columbarium expansion at the West Los Angeles VA campus by terminating the oil company lease by the Bureau of Land Management of a small parcel of the area planned for the columbarium expansion nearest the Cemetery, currently used by an oil company for storage purposes.
Be it further resolved, that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party send a copy of this resolution to Congressmember Henry Waxman, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the Secretary of Defense and the California Democratic Party.
Author: Joe Halper, 50th AD
Passed LACDP 6/12/13