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CAL-VET PETITIONS HIGHEST COURT TO REVIEW DEL MONTE DECISION

 CAL-VET PETITIONS HIGHEST COURT TO REVIEW DEL MONTE DECISION
 SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- It is business as usual for Cal-Vet Home Loans, at least for now. The Del Monte case may go to the highest court in the land. That is the latest word today from Benjamin T. Hacker, director of the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CDVA).
 "As a veteran with 30 years' military service, I look forward to carrying on Cal-Vet's long-standing tradition of providing California's native sons and daughters special compensation for serving their country," said Hacker, a retired U.S. Navy rear admiral.
 "By the same token, I am also interested in safeguarding California's right to establish terms and conditions for its benefit programs. Therefore, I have directed CDVA counsel to petition the United States Supreme Court to review the California Supreme Court's recent decision," said Hacker.
 Accordingly, the state Supreme Court has postponed the finality of its decision, granting Cal-Vet eligibility to certain wartime veterans now living in California, while CDVA petitions for a review of the case. The department has until May 24, 1992, to file its petition in Washington.
 "The bottom line is that California residency at time of entry or re-entry is still a requirement for eligibility for any veteran who is not a native Californian," according to Howell Jackson, CDVA chief attorney, who also said, "it may be more than a year before the final word on the Del Monte Case is received."
 "In the meantime, we will continue to accept applications from non-California veterans pending the outcome of the department's petition," said Jerry Jones, chief of the department's Farm and Home Purchases Division, "especially those veterans approaching the statutory time limit of 30 years after their date of discharge or release from active duty."
 However, applications submitted by non-Cal-Vets will be held until the U.S. Supreme Court renders a final determination, Jones said.
 Hacker reminded non-California veterans that VA Home Loans and other existing federal home loan programs remain available in California.
 In the meantime, non-Cal-Vets may contact a Cal-Vet district office for specific information regarding interim financing and other refinancing limitations. The white pages of the telephone directory, under state government offices, contain a local phone number and address for Cal-Vet. Veterans may also call, in California, the Cal- Vet toll-free information number, 800-952-LOAN.
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 /CONTACT: Steve Janosco of California Department of Veterans Affairs, 916-653-2561/ CO: California Department of Veterans Affairs ST: California IN: SU:


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