PA 18-106—sHB 5234

Veterans' Affairs Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING MILITARY DEPARTMENT VOLUNTEERS

SUMMARY: This act broadens the scope of the Military Department's volunteer service program and expands eligibility for services provided through the program.

Specifically, the act expands the (1) definition of “services” to specifically include office work and allow volunteers to provide services to the Military Department and (2) duties of the program's volunteer service coordinator.

The act also extends eligibility for volunteer services under the program to veterans, in-state National Guard members who are not on active duty, and their families. Under existing law, active duty service members and their families who reside in Connecticut may receive these services.

The act eliminates the requirement that the Military Department's annual report to the Veterans' Affairs Committee on the voluntary services received through the program include the level of services received in different geographical areas.

By law, a veteran is anyone honorably discharged or released from active service in the U.S. Armed Forces. A service member is a member of the U.S. Armed Forces (U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Air Force and any reserve component of these branches, including the Connecticut National Guard performing duty under Title 32 of the U.S. Code (e.g., certain Homeland Security missions)).

The act also makes minor, technical, and conforming changes.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2018

VOLUNTEER SERVICES COORDINATOR

The act expands the duties of the volunteer services coordinator. Existing law requires the coordinator to coordinate with and identify municipalities and local organizations that provide volunteer services. The act additionally requires the coordinator to coordinate with and identify volunteers who provide such services.

Under the act, the coordinator must facilitate volunteer services rather than assist municipalities and local organizations that provide such services as prior law required.

The act prohibits the coordinator from coordinating volunteer services for which a state license, certificate, permit, or other state credential is required unless the volunteer holds the required credential. Prior law prohibited volunteers from offering these services.