CALIFORNIA VETERANS COMMUNITY REPORT
- Executive Summary - Full Report
CAVSA’s members are community-based direct service providers; we draw upon our experience working directly with veterans to inform policy and advocate for adequate and accessible services and support. On behalf of our Board of Directors, I’d like to thank you for opening our annual report. We are proud of our accomplishments and of the accomplishments of all those in California who work to improve the lives of veterans.
This past year, CAVSA member agencies – their leadership and dedicated staff – worked tirelessly to elevate veteran and veteran family well-being and mental health to a priority position within multiple policy, program, and budgetary initiatives at the state and federal level. We release this report in part to celebrate and honor their successes. Through their diligent work considerable progress has been made in 2021-2022.
Our veteran constituents and their families are members of multiple groups with very diverse interests, and for that reason we seek to work with partners in addition to our members. By working together and with necessary support of public officials and stakeholders, we have the unique opportunity to address mental health and welfare needs compassionately and competently for our veterans and all Californians.
CAVSA member agencies seek to reduce the unacceptably high number of veterans who live in unsheltered homelessness and to relieve life pressures of those burdened by mental illness and physical disability. We are also dedicated to preventing needless deaths to suicide and opioid overdose. In our programs, veterans strive toward better lives for themselves and their families.
As you read this report with activity updates, new data, and advocacy accomplishments, we hope you will be inspired to join us as we forge new partnerships and strengthen collaborations to support California’s diverse veteran community.
Looking forward to positive change in the coming years.
Stephen J. Peck
CAVSA Board President & U.S. VETS, President and CEO