An Agenda for Veterans: The State’s Turn to Serve


For this study, the Commission examined how California serves its veterans. The state is home to approximately 2 million veterans, a population that is evolving as battlefields, diagnoses and demographics change.

In this study, the Commission sought to determine whether the existing state programs available to veterans are aligned with veterans’ current needs, and whether the organizations and agencies that serve veterans are equipped to connect veterans to the benefits for which they are eligible. The Commission also reviewed benefits and programs available and the ways in which state organizations reach veterans. The Commission also examined similiar programs that the California Military Department administers to its National Guard members, and the ways in which these programs help to ensure the state’s readiness for emergencies.