Bill Text: CA AJR10 | 2021-2022 | Regular Session | Amended


Bill Title: Veterans cemeteries: Republic of Korea veterans.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 58-18-1)

Status: (Engrossed) 2021-05-19 - Referred to Com. on M. & V.A. [AJR10 Detail]

Download: California-2021-AJR10-Amended.html

Amended  IN  Assembly  May 03, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Joint Resolution
No. 10


Introduced by Assembly Members Choi and Quirk-Silva
(Principal coauthor: Senator Min)
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Nguyen and Voepel)

March 01, 2021


Relative to Republic of Korea veterans who served in Vietnam.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AJR 10, as amended, Choi. Veterans cemeteries: Republic of Korea veterans.
This measure would urge the United States Congress and the President of the United States to permit states to extend burial and memorial benefits in state veterans cemeteries to Republic of Korea veterans who served in the Vietnam War and who subsequently became United States citizens. The measure would urge the United States Congress and the President of the United States to extend the same benefits in national cemeteries.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, At the request of the United States, the Republic of Korea provided more major military support to the United States during the Vietnam War than any other ally, War, second only to the Republic of Vietnam, with approximately 320,000 Republic of Korea soldiers serving in Vietnam between 1965 and 1973; and
WHEREAS, Republic of Korea forces suffered 10,962 injured and 5,099 killed in action during the war, approximately the same rate, per capita, as United States forces; and
WHEREAS, An estimated 1,700,000 Korean Americans live in the United States, with more than 31 percent calling California their home, making California the state with the highest population of Korean Americans in the country; and
WHEREAS, There are approximately 3,000 Korean American veterans of the Vietnam War who are naturalized citizens of the United States; and
WHEREAS, A citizen of the United States who, during any war in which the United States has or may be engaged, served in the Armed Forces of any government allied with the United States during that war, whose last active service was terminated honorably by death or otherwise, and who was a citizen of the United States at the time of entry into service and at the time of death, is eligible for burial in a national cemetery; and
WHEREAS, In 2018, the federal government extended burial benefits in national veterans cemeteries to certain Hmong refugees who served in American-backed guerrilla units during the Vietnam War and who subsequently became naturalized United States citizens, but states are still unable to permit Hmong veterans to be buried in a state veterans cemetery without risk of losing funding from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Cemetery Grant Program; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly and the Senate of the State of California, jointly, That the Legislature respectfully urges the United States Congress and the President of the United States to permit states to extend burial and memorial benefits in state veterans cemeteries to Republic of Korea veterans who served in the Vietnam War and who subsequently became United States citizens; and be it further
Resolved, That the Legislature respectfully urges the United States Congress and the President of the United States to extend burial and memorial benefits in national cemeteries to Republic of Korea veterans who served in the Vietnam War and who subsequently became United States citizens; and be it further
Resolved, That the Legislature stands in solidarity with Republic of Korea veterans who served in Vietnam; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the President and Vice President of the United States, to the Majority Leader of the United States Senate, to the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, to each Senator and Representative from California in the United States Congress, and to the author for appropriate distribution.
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