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The Plight of Veterans in California

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As of 2010 the population of Veterans in the United States was 22.7 million individuals aged 17 and older. As of that same date approximately 1,972,000 total veterans resided in the state of California.

California is also the epicenter for homeless veterans as a result of number of military bases that are located throughout the state as well as the fact that warm weather permeates the area year-round. The San Francisco Bay Area in particular has a large number of homeless veterans among its population.

Many veterans are also faced with the issue of psychological and physical health needs. Some veterans return to the United States with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, though the percentage of returning veterans diagnosed with PTSD has changed based on the conflict they are returning from (for example approximately 30.9% of male veterans returning from the Vietnam War suffered from PTSD, while approximately 12% of those involved in the Gulf War exhibited the disorder). Additionally, some veterans return with significant physical health requirements related to a multitude of injuries or illnesses.

While this is not to imply that all veterans face economic and psychological issues, the fact of the matter is that there are many who do return requiring assistance and this is where the organization Swords to Plowshares provides help.

Swords to Plowshares has been providing assistance to veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area for almost 40 years and have developed a comprehensive model of care for veterans that is well-regarded and highly-respected.

The core of the services provided by Swords to Plowshares includes:
Health and Social Services – Emergency housing, eviction prevention, mental health services, substance abuse counseling, and financial counseling are just some of the services that the organization provides.
Employment and Training – Swords to Plowshares developed and utilizes a vocational training model in order to provide job opportunities in high-growth, high-wage industries.
Supportive Housing – Offering both transitional and permanent residential programs, the supportive housing programs have been used as national models to provide veterans with the solutions they require to achieve a stable residence.

It is for these reasons that Michael Omidi and I support Swords to Plowshares and hope that you will offer your support to them as well. Please assist Swords for Plowsharesin their efforts to aid veterans.

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