A new survey of post-9/11 veterans in Orange County, Calif., revealed a population that is not prepared for life after the military, with health issues, and problems finding a job and housing all contributing to that assessment.
Sixty-one percent of post-9/11 veterans are having difficulties adjusting to civilian life, according to the survey of 1,227 veterans conducted by researchers at the University of Southern California School of Social Work’s Center for Innovation and Research. Forty-four percent of post-9/11 respondents screened positive for post-traumatic stress disorder, reported the Daily Pilot.
“Veterans are not broken, but veterans are challenged with their transition home,” said Anthony Hassan, director of the Center for Innovation and Research.
A high portion of post-9/11 veterans in Orange County are having trouble finding work, with 30 percent saying they are unemployed. Almost three-quarters of post-9/11 veterans didn’t have a job when they separated from the military, and 71 percent said they didn’t receive any help finding one.
In the face of the unfulfilled needs of veterans responding to the survey, the head of the Orange County Community Foundation, which commissioned the survey, said the organization is ready to step up.
“We are committed to helping our veterans deal with the challenges in this transition,” said Shelley Hoss. In 2011, the foundation launched a veterans initiative to find partnerships with local donors, leaders and businesses.