Richard D. Roth served in the United States Air Force for 32 years, retiring in the grade of major general. As the highest ranking member of the U.S. military to ever serve in the California legislature, Roth has fought to improve services for our veterans, including transitional assistance for education, jobs and housing.
On the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Senator Roth supported new laws to lower the cost of college for military veterans and their families and to ensure access to education benefits, vocational training, small business resources and healthcare.
Senator Roth fought for the restoration of over $600,000 in funds for California’s “Work for Warriors” jobs program, placing veterans in jobs throughout the sate, with an over 70 percent job placement rate.
As a co-author of the Veterans Housing Bond, which was approved by voters in 2014, Senator Roth helped bring $600 million for transitional housing for veterans their families. Two Riverside County housing developments received approximately $12 million in grants in the first round of funding under the Veterans Housing Bond. The majority of developments awarded funding provide intensive support services for veterans individual needs, including case management, alcohol and drug counseling, health clinics, disability benefit advocacy as well as family and child care services.
To deal with the federal veterans disability claims backlog, Senator Roth helped secure $3 million for a state “strike team” to help ensure that California veterans get their claims paid.
Senator Roth also worked to secure over $1 million in the state budget to construct the first new State Veterans Cemetery in decades at the former Fort Ord military installation.
As a member of the Governor’s Military Council, Senator Roth has advocated for continued funding of the state’s military installations and operations, keeping critical military jobs and resources here in California.
The veterans’ community has recognized Senator Roth for his leadership on critical issues. The American Legion Department of California honored Senator Roth with their 2014 “Leo T. Burke Legislator of the Year Award.” He also was named “2014 Legislator of Year” by the American Veterans Department of California.
Senator Roth believes that those who have sacrificed for our nation deserve our help when they return home or retire from military service. That’s why he will continue his fight to provide veterans with job training, educational opportunities, quality health care and affordable housing.