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COUNTIES + VETERANS SERVICE OFFICERS - 'A GREAT INVESTMENT'

 COUNTIES + VETERANS SERVICE OFFICERS - 'A GREAT INVESTMENT'
 SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- County veterans service officers (CVSOs) went above and beyond the call of duty last fiscal year helping veterans and their families, according to a report released today by Benjamin T. Hacker, director of the California Department of Veternas Affairs (CDVA).
 From July 1,1990 to June 30, 1991, CVSOs statewide obtained more that $88 million in benefits from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) for state veterans and their dependents and survivors, said Hacker, a retired United States Navy rear admiral.
 Hacker said this translates into an additional $14 million in revenue for counties and a "whopping" $29 million in new revenue for the state, according to State Department of Finance estimates.
 During the same year, total federal benefits paid to California veterans exceeded $1.5 billion. Hacker attributes much of this continuing cash flow to the work done in past years by CVSOs.
 This amount, along with $1.35 billion in USDVA expenditures for medical, dental and adminstrative costs, "makes veterans an important asset to California's economy and makes CVSOs one of the best investments for state and county governments," said Tomas Alvarado, department deputy director, who also said, "Veterans are served and jobs are created."
 California county governments provide an "invaluable" service to the state's 2.7 million veterans through county veterans service offices, according to Jerry Rucker, chief of CDVA's Division of Veterans Services.
 "The importance of this service goes well beyond the social good of providing professional, personal assistance to local veterans. CVSOs are a great investment," said Rucker.
 Help for veterans and their dependents and survivors is just a phone call away, said Rucker who suggested veterans and their families refer to the telephone directory white pages in the county government listing for the nearest veterans service office. More information may also be obtained by calling Rucker's office at 916-653-2573.
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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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