Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: April 5, 2019
Veteran Volunteer Guardianship Act signed into law
Many of Oklahoma’s disabled veterans do not
have anyone to help them make critical decisions concerning their
finances, health and other personal affairs. Now these heroes
will have court-appointed, trained volunteers available to assist
them thanks to legislation signed into law Thursday.
Rosino is the author of Senate Bill 931 creating the Veterans
Volunteer Guardianship Act, which went into effect upon being
“Sadly, many of Oklahoma’s disabled heroes are falling
victim to financial scams or are making dangerous health decisions
because they don’t have anyone to depend on for help,”
said Rosino, R-Oklahoma City. “This program will provide
trained volunteers who will be appointed by the courts to meet
the special needs of each veteran. They will now be able to rest
easy knowing they have someone looking out for their best interests.
I want to thank my colleagues in both chambers and Governor Stitt
for supporting this important bill and showing our military heroes
we truly care and want the best for them.”
Under the new law, veteran-specific guardians will be appointed
under the existing provisions of the Oklahoma Guardianship and
Conservatorship Act. Guardianships may be general or limited to
the specific needs of the veteran. Each guardian will be required
to have a bond if managing a veteran’s property.
The measure was requested by the Department of Veterans Affairs
(ODVA). Approximately ten percent of Oklahoma’s fully or
partially incapacitated veterans do not have family members or
friends to serve as their guardians.
“With passage of Senate Bill 931, we now have a tool to
help the neediest ten percent of Oklahoma veterans,” said
Joel Kintsel, ODVA Deputy Director. “Senator Rosino’s
bill opens the way to better healthcare and life decisions for
veterans who have no one else to help them.”
The new law applies to disabled veterans both inside and out of
the state’s seven veterans centers.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Rosino: (405) 521-5618