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Advancing Policies For Our Veterans

Advocating
A Better Tomorrow

Advancing Policies For Our Veterans

Advocating
A Better Tomorrow



Our goal is to focus on improving the lives of veterans, through legislation.



Our community serves the three categories below.

Our Veterans

Our goal is to focus on improving the lives of veterans, through legislation. Our community serves the three categories below.

Our Disabled Veterans

Our Disabled Veterans have unique benefits available to them. We must continue to protect their benefits; while also improving upon them.

Our Aging Veterans

We must continue to ensure our aging Veterans have the proper care and benefits for them to enjoy their lives.
ADVOCATING FOR A BETTER TOMORROW

Veteran Strong
Mission

The mission of Veteran Strong is to improve the lives of Veterans, through legislation. To accomplish this, we need maximum support from the California Veteran Community.

California is home to over 2 million Veterans. Imagine the legislative actions we can accomplish with the support of our fellow Veterans. Or, recruiting and supporting fellow Veterans to run for office.

No one represents the Veteran community better than a Veteran brother or sister.

Veteran Strong is bipartisan. We don’t involve ourselves in identity politics. You took the oath and that’s all that matters.
Education
We intend to improve the lives of Veterans through legislation from your support. We will accomplish this by educating our Veteran brothers and sisters about legislation and the process.
Earned Veteran Benefits
Your benefits are earned through your oath. This is not an entitlement and therefor our legislative actions are to protect and defend those benefits.
Housing
Appropriate housing is vital to any growing and sustaining community like ours. CalVet has outstanding home benefits and loans available to qualified Veterans.
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HELP GET YOUR VOICE HEARD

How To Support
Veteran Strong

After two years of legislative wins focused on the State of California’s Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) program, our leadership discovered there was plenty of work to be done for ALL veterans.

We’re not asking for your money. What we are asking for is your support in other ways, such as helping educate our fellow veterans on current legislation, support letter campaigns, and other various locational support when addressing elected officials.

So we may communicate with you, we are requesting your contact data and other information to help us with messaging to you via email regarding our legislative goals, policy development, process and successes in Sacramento.

AT A GLANCE

Our Legislative Actions
For 2019

Our Bills for the 2019 legislative year were, SB 588 (Archuleta), SB 364 (Stone), AB 1809 (Cervantes), AB 230 (Brough), AB 1808 (Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy) and AB 1365 (Veterans Affairs Committee).

SB 588

We asked Senator Archuleta to sponsor our prime contractor DVBE utilization accountability bill. Our team was able to work with big labor to change some verbiage; which pushed our bill further. This bill did not make it out of Assembly. We want to revive this bill. Senator Archuleta is an Army Veteran.

SB 364

We partnered with Senator Stone to sponsor a property tax exemption bill for 100% Disabled Veterans and 65 and over. The bill was killed in appropriations because of the burden it caused county assessors with the salary restrictions of $100k married household and single $65k. We advised against this, because of the complications and the reality of Veterans being able to afford a home in California. We want to revive this bill.

AB 1809

Our team was made aware of the Assembly Member Cervantes bill, which wasn’t good for the Small Business & DVBE option. We requested time to speak with the bill staffer and explained why the bill was bad for the SB/DVBE community. The bill staffer listened and changed up the entire bill. This bill made it further in the process, then in the past, but was ultimately killed due to some interagency conflicts. We will make adjustments and hope to find a sponsor who will carry it through to the Governors desk.

AB 230

This bill would require that information to include proof of payment for work done by the DVBE, upon request of the awarding department, and the amount and percentage of work the prime contractor committed to provide to one or more DVBEs under the contract. The bill would also require every state contract for which DVBE participation is included in the bid to contain a provision requiring the contractor to comply with all rules, regulations, ordinances, and statutes that apply to the California Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Program. Signed by the Governor, thank you Assemblyman and Army Veteran, Bill Brough.

AB 1365

AB 1365, Committee on Veterans Affairs. Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Program.
Under existing law, the administering agency for the California Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Program is the Department of General Services, except in the case of contracts for professional bond services. Existing law requires the Director of General Services to adopt written policies and guidelines establishing a uniform process for state contracting to provide a disabled veteran business enterprise (DVBE) participation incentive to bidders, which all state agencies are required to use when awarding contracts. Existing law requires an awarding department, upon completion of an awarded contract for which a commitment to achieve a DVBE goal was made, to require the prime contractor that entered into a subcontract with a DVBE to certify to the awarding department specified information relating to amounts paid under the contract.
This bill would require an awarding department to maintain all records of the information provided by the prime contractor pursuant to these provisions and to retain the records for a minimum of 6 years after collection. The bill would direct the awarding department to establish appropriate review procedures for those records to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the award amounts and paid amounts reported.
LEADING VETERAN STRONG FOR YOU

Veteran Strong
Leadership Team

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Ted Fuentes

USAF Veteran
Certified DVBE
Past CalVet Council Member
Past BOD USVBA
Former Policy & Legislative Chair, USVBA
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Drake Muat

US Army Veteran, Vietnam Combat Veteran – Bronze Star, Army Commendation
Certified DVBE
Past BOD USVBA
Former Policy & Legislative Committee Member USVBA
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Manny Montanez

US Army Veteran, Vietnam Combat Wounded – Purple Heart & Bronze Star For Valor
Certified DVBE
Past BOD USVBA
Former Policy & Legislative Committee Member, USVBA
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Rene Cota

US Marine Corps Infantry Platoon Leader, Iraq
Certified DVBE
Former Executive Director for the Disabled Veteran’s Business Alliance
Implemented and managed the program “Veteran entrepreneur”
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