New Program Aims To Help Vets Access Health Care, Social Services
During his Wednesday state of the state address, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) announced the launch of a new initiative designed to link returning veterans with health care and social services, the Stockton Record reports.
The Operation Welcome Home program will recruit 300 recent veterans to contact returning troops at least three times during their first year after returning from service (Johnson, Stockton Record, 1/7).
Program staff will work in nine regional outreach teams to connect the veterans with health benefits, mental health care, job training and other services. The Employment Development Department will provide about $20 million to fund the teams.
The state Department of Veterans Affairs, the California Veterans Corps volunteer network, and other local, state, federal and not-for-profit agencies are expected to provide additional support for the program.Experts say the services could be particularly beneficial for recent veterans, who often have high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, suicide and unemployment (Richman, Oakland Tribune, 1/6). This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.