Provide Shelter And Services For Veterans

 

Resolution 13-07.23

 

WHEREAS, at discharge from military service, veterans are not automatically enrolled in the Veterans' Administration; and are poorly informed of VA services and locations, and face an inordinate delay in the processing of their claims, in some cases as long as two years, and

WHEREAS, more than 2.2 million troops returning from Afghanistan and Iraq face new battles as they transition back to civilian life including physical, mental and emotional wounds such as PTSD which  if not treated, can lead to troubled relationships, lost jobs, substance abuse, homelessness and even suicide, and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party supports the immediate implementation of the following by the Department of Defense and the Veterans' Administration:

1)    Promptly develop a  system of concurrent physical exams and enrollment in the VA system, with issuance of a VA ID Card at the time of discharge , and

2)    Provide Permanent Supportive Housing with robust individualized and comprehensive services to promote independent living leading to an early return to the community life,  avoiding the more expensive institutions such as jails, hospitals, and homeless shelters, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California County Democratic Party send a copy of this resolution to the California Democratic Congressional Delegation, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Secretary of Defense.

 

[Amended with the consent of the author]
Author: Joe Halper,50th AD, LACDP

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its July 2013 Executive Board Meeting
Hilton Hotel, Costa Mesa
July 21, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

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