Article 1. Indigent Veterans of California Military And Veterans Code >> Division 4. >> Chapter 5. >> Article 1.
As used in this article, unless the context otherwise
indicates, "veteran" means a person who has been honorably discharged
from the United States Army, United States Navy, United States Air
Force, United States Marine Corps, United States Coast Guard, the
Merchant Marine, or the American Red Cross, and who has served in any
The board of supervisors of any county may grant financial
assistance, relief, and support to indigent veterans. Such
assistance, relief, and support shall be administered through and by
any military, naval, or marine organization created for the purpose
of aiding, relieving and supporting such veterans under the terms and
conditions set forth in this article.
Any organization desiring to assist indigent veterans shall
first file with the board of supervisors of the county in which it is
operating or intending to operate, a verified statement setting
forth the following:
(a) Name, objects, and purposes of the organization. One of the
purposes shall be that mentioned in section 921.
(b) Date of organization.
(c) Names and addresses of officers and relief committee.
(d) Name and address of the treasurer or financial officer in
charge of the receipt and disbursement of funds.
(e) Number of members.
(f) Financial condition, showing total assets and liabilities.
(g) That financial assistance for indigent veterans to be
administered in accordance with the provisions of this article will
Upon the filing of the statement the board of supervisors
shall set a day for its consideration not more than ten days after
the date of filing. At least five days' notice of the hearing shall
be given by mail to the clerk or secretary of the organization.
On the day set, the board of supervisors shall, after hearing
any evidence presented, determine by resolution entered upon its
minutes whether the organization is qualified to carry out this
article. The resolution shall be effective for a period of one year
only and may be revoked at any time.
(a) No money shall be transferred to any person under this
article except to the treasurer or financial officer whose name is
given in the statement required by Section 922.
(b) The treasurer or financial officer shall, before receiving any
money hereunder, file with the board of supervisors a bond or
undertaking in an amount fixed by the board of supervisors. The bond
shall inure to the benefit of the county and shall be conditioned
upon the faithful and honest administration of the funds intrusted to
Upon receipt of a request from any organization qualified
under this article, giving the names of all indigent veterans for
whom relief is desired, together with the branch of service,
division, regiment, and company, or other unit or designation by
which each of such veterans may be identified, and a further
statement that the circumstances of each of such veterans has been
personally investigated by the relief committee of the organization,
and that each is in all respects worthy and entitled to relief
hereunder, the board of supervisors may direct the county auditor to
draw his warrant upon the county treasurer for the amount specified
in the request, or a lesser amount. Such warrant shall be delivered
to the treasurer or financial officer of the organization.
All money paid out by any county under this article shall be
used by the organization receiving it exclusively for the relief of
indigent veterans and no part of it shall ever be used for
administration or overhead expenses.
The indigent and dependent widow, minor child, father, or
mother of any indigent veteran may be granted relief by the
organization out of the money available under this article.
The necessary expenses, not to exceed three hundred fifty
dollars ($350), for burial or cremation of any indigent veteran may
be paid out of the money available under this article.
The money necessary to carry out this article may be taken
from the general fund of the county.
Any municipal corporation may extend assistance to any
organization under this article. In such case all proceedings
required to be had before the board of supervisors of the county
shall be had before the legislative body of the city. The words
"board of supervisors," "county," "county auditor" and "county
treasurer" wherever used in this article shall mean "legislative
body," "city," "city auditor" and "city treasurer."