VFW State Commander Bobby Price and State Quartermaster/Adjutant Jim Rowoldt Regarding Budget Cuts to Veterans Services

Posted by Nick Kump at Jun 29, 2011 05:10 PM |
California State Commander of The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Bobby Price and VFW State Quartermaster/Adjutant Jim Rowoldt's statements on proposed state budget cut of $20 million in veterans services. "One more time, our elected officials here in California are failing to recognize the service of our country's veterans."

 VFW State Adjutant Jim Rowoldt stresses the importance of the veterans homes in Redding and Fresno.

On Tuesday evening the California state legislature perpetrated a great injustice against a group of our most valued and vulnerable citizens. The primary budget bill would require an intolerable year-long delay to 150-bed veterans’ homes being constructed in Redding and Fresno, denying necessary services to those citizens who have spent their lives protecting our nation.

Our soldiers make their sacrifices trusting that our government and citizens will support them as they recover. AB 110 and SB 87 have broken that trust. The California government has failed in its duty to provide for our most valued citizens.

As our soldiers continue to sacrifice both life and limb in Iraq and Afghanistan, the California government has begun the process of pruning away veterans’ assistance, dishonoring our troops’ service and sacrifice. The veterans’ homes in Fresno and Redding target areas hit hardest by the economic recession, providing much needed services to our valued veterans and allowing our returning soldiers to recover in their own communities. However, this budget is a clear demonstration of the legislature’s lack of respect for the service and sacrifice of our troops.

These homes provide essential services to veterans of all ages and will leave many veterans without the facilities they require to adjust to civilian life and receive the medical care they need. These cuts cannot be made without thought for the lives of veterans and their families that will be dramatically impacted.

The budget bill rides on the backs of veterans in both Redding and Fresno, saddling them with the burden of our state’s fiscal woes. We understand the State faces fiscal challenges, but denying assistance to our veterans is not the solution to our fiscal ills.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of California, stands in firm opposition to the shameful actions of the California state legislature.

Our returning veterans will find themselves displaced from their communities and families to receive the support they need. In the face of our government’s failure, our veterans must rely on our private citizens for support. Our collective efforts can help correct the state’s failures. Veterans’ organizations like the Fisher House Foundation, which assists families relocating closer to veterans homes, need the public’s help to repair the damage the California legislature has caused.


Bobby Price
State Commander
Veterans of Foreign Wars Dept of California




The Veterans of Foreign Wars is America’s largest organization of combat veterans. Since its inception more than 100 years ago, the VFW has donated millions of dollars and volunteer hours, been a strong supporter of the country's youth, and of patriotic and educational efforts. The VFW has also been an unwavering advocate to the military, its veterans, and their families. 

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