Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher (R-Poway) urged San Diegans to use their state tax forms to support the California Veterans Homes Fund, which operates six homes for former members of the armed forces, including one in Chula Vista.
Fletcher said money from the fund is directed to a Morale, Welfare and Recreation account that pays for services, programs and care. He also said that fiscal constraints on the state mean new ways are needed to pay for the programs.
"As a veteran Marine, I know first-hand the critical importance of providing needed services to those who have honorably served our country,'' Fletcher said.
Neal Asper, the administrator of the Chula Vista Veterans Home, said money supports outings, libraries and memorial services.
Taxpayers can check a box on their income tax forms to make a voluntary donation to the fund.
City News Service contributed to this report.