CA Dept Veterans Affairs
Commission AmeriCorps State FY 2011
In January 2010, Governor Schwarzenegger launched Operation Welcome Home, a state-wide effort to ensure that California's veterans have the support needed to transition from military service to civilian life. The initiative consists of a collaboration of multiple state agencies that provide resources and services to veterans and the statewide coordination of organizations serving veterans to increase the current service delivery capacity. Operation Welcome Home is designed to reach veterans as they leave the armed forces and return to their communities, providing them with information on available benefits, services and programs. The 80 half-time AmeriCorps members will address all other individual and family needs beyond employment. Placed at the County Veteran Service Offices, AmeriCorps members' main function is to help recently separated veterans with four primary areas that will consist of: healthcare, education, housing, and other concerns such as financial and legal assistance. AmeriCorps members will assess each veteran's need and eligibility status and assist in completing and submitting the required paperwork for various veterans' benefits. In addition, AmeriCorps members will refer returning veterans to service providers that handle mental and physical healthcare issues. Working through regional service provider collaboratives and local county veteran service networks, AmeriCorps members ensure that veterans and their families are receiving the federal and state benefits they have earned.