Assemblyman Frazier named 2015 Legislator of the Year by veterans organization


Assemblyman Jim Frazier

The California Association of County Veterans Service Officers (CACVSO) has selected California Assemblyman Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) and State Senator Richard Roth (D-Riverside) as the recipients of the Motomu Nakasako Legislator of the Year awards for 2015. CACVSO has also selected Speaker of the Assembly Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) to receive the Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.The awards will be presented at the organization’s annual Sacramento Training Conference in February 2016.

The Motomu Nakasako Award is named after “Mote” Nakasako, a Los Angeles County Veterans Service Officer (CVSO) who was constantly involved in legislation to improve the lives of veterans at the local, state, and federal levels. He was a decorated member of the Army’s 442nd Regimental Combat Team, one of World War II’s most decorated units. Mr. Nakasako joined the Army and volunteered for combat duty from the Heart Mountain Internment Camp in Wyoming.

Assemblyman Jim Frazier (D-Oakley)

Assuming office in 2013, Assemblyman Frazier hit the ground running and quickly let it be known that he would support veterans. Frazier’s uncle died of complications from Agent Orange exposure resulting from his service in Vietnam.

After a two year effort, he pushed through the VETERAN designation on the California driver’s license bill, a longtime goal of the veterans community. AB 935, which will take effect on November 11, 2015, will require DMV to print the word “VETERAN” on the face of a driver’s license or identification card issued to a person who makes that request. Frazier authored three bills in a two year period to make this happen.

Assemblyman Frazier was the major sponsor and participant of the 25th Anniversary of the CA Vietnam Veterans Memorial at the State Capitol. He used his own funds to bring the “Wall That Heals” Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall to the State Capitol in 2014. In November of that year, he participated in the ceremony for the Wall of Remembrance for the Global War on Terror at the Capitol on Veterans Day.

According to Pete Conaty, Governmental Advocate for the CACVSO, “California’s veterans and the professionals who assist them are indeed fortunate to have such staunch champions in the Legislature as Speaker Atkins, Senator Roth, and Assemblyman Frazier”.

The California Association of County Veterans Service Officers (CACVSO) was established in 1945 and they are responsible for assisting veterans in filing for federal benefits, claim development, claim filing advocacy, and case management services to our respective veteran’ populations. This vital segment of our population encompasses an ever increasing aging veterans’ population composed of WWII and Korean veterans and their survivors, as well as veterans from our most recent wars. County Veterans Service Offices are also responsible for screening veterans and their dependents (by means of the State Mandated Welfare Referral Program) that have applied for Cal WORKS, food stamps, Medi-Cal, and other public assistance benefits.

Frazier represents Antioch, other parts of East County and a portion of Solano County in the State Assembly.

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