USC Study Highlights Veterans’ Challenges in Transitioning to Civilian Life
Jan 6, 2015
Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 6, 2015 – A new study by the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California found that the average service member faces considerable challenges when transitioning to civilian life after service.
The study found that close to two-thirds of veterans are unprepared for civilian life. Upon leaving the service, nearly 80 percent do not have a job lined up, while 40 percent do not have housing arrangements.
The veterans also face physical and mental health issues. About one-third of veterans leaving the service have considered committing suicide.
“Veterans face a bleak picture when transitioning to civilian life, especially if they suffer from physical or mental illness,” said Jim Fausone, a Michigan attorney who specializes in veterans’ disability claims. “There is a huge need for better support through the transition process.”
The study examined the experiences of veterans returning to Los Angeles County after serving, but study author Carl Castro suggested that the same trends can be seen on a national level.
Castro called for an extension to the military’s Transition Assistance Program, including an increase in collaboration between Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense and local communities. Castro argued for a holistic support approach, including help finding jobs, securing housing and treating mental and physical health problems.
According to Castro, veterans facing issues often do not receive the help they need until they are in crisis. Castro called for earlier intervention, particularly regarding mental health issues. He also noted that veterans may underestimate the magnitude of their physical or mental problems.
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