The issues confronting Veterans are at once the same, and different, as those faced by families throughout California, and the nation.
The issues confronting Veterans are at once the same, and different, as those faced by families throughout California, and the nation. They need access to quality, affordable health care; quality education for themselves and their children; employment opportunities; and safe communities. Some veterans suffer combat-related injuries, including mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and traumatic brain injury. Quality health care is critical as veterans return to their communities.
The post-9/11 GI Bill was the largest expansion of veterans’ education benefits since passage of the original GI Bill in 1944 and gives veterans the opportunity to move ahead in civilian careers.
U.S. Veterans return from service with proven practical and leadership skills. A recent RAND study finds that even employers who are committed to hiring veterans struggle to understand how military experience translates to the skills needed for civilian jobs.
Preventing crime, violence and drug abuse are important in creating safe, caring communities for Californians of all ages. Physical and emotional abuse and violence, identity theft, financial fraud, theft, business scams and all manner of crime undermine our society. Although seniors are less likely to become victims of criminal activity, experience and sometimes declining physical abilities can make older people more fearful of crime and vulnerable to various kinds of elder abuse.