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S1123.......................................by COMMERCE AND HUMAN RESOURCES
VETERANS - Adds to existing law to establish veterans service officers
within the Division of Veterans Services.
02/12 Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing
02/13 Rpt prt - to Health/Wel
|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ||||
Fifty-sixth Legislature First Regular Session - 2001
IN THE SENATE
SENATE BILL NO. 1123
BY COMMERCE AND HUMAN RESOURCES COMMITTEE
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO VETERANS SERVICES; AMENDING CHAPTER 2, TITLE 65, IDAHO CODE, BY
3 THE ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION 65-208, IDAHO CODE, TO ESTABLISH SERVICE
4 OFFICERS TO AID VETERANS OR DEPENDENTS WITHIN THE DIVISION OF VETERANS
6 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
7 SECTION 1. That Chapter 2, Title 65, Idaho Code, be, and the same is
8 hereby amended by the addition thereto of a NEW SECTION, to be known and des-
9 ignated as Section 65-208, Idaho Code, and to read as follows:
10 65-208. SERVICE OFFICERS TO AID VETERANS OR DEPENDENTS. In furtherance of
11 the duties of the division of veterans services, service officers shall be
12 organized to extend outreach services to any veteran, widow, widower or
13 dependent thereof in applying to the federal or state veterans agencies for
14 all benefits and aid to which the individual is entitled by federal, state or
15 local laws, rules or regulations. At least one (1) service officer shall be
16 located within each judicial district of the state.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
This measure is intended to provide medical and other badly
needed assistance to our veterans to whom we owe so much but who
are being neglected in many cases and in many areas. It will
expand the number of veterans service officers in the state so
veterans can more easily get medical attention and information on
benefits they are due.
The funding will come from the General Fund to set up these
offices and hire the officers and support staff for a total of
six FTE’s (full time employees). The first year the cost will be
$597,300. In subsequent years, the cost will be reduced to
$536,500. After the program is in place, the officers will be
able to access available federal money to assist those people who
are being left out and who are not receiving payment for medical
care and for their many other needs. These federal funds should
be received in an amount that will far exceed the state funding
necessary for the program.
Name: Sen. Lin Whitworth
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE S 1123