The San Francisco Veterans Study represents the fourth overall study—and third in the state of California—in the State of the American Veteran research series conducted by the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families. After surveying more than 700 San Francisco veterans, emerging as a theme across the various studies is that veterans throughout the state and the nation encounter significant transition issues. The transition from military to civilian life can be challenging for many service members and the transition is not always negotiated successfully nor does it always proceed as smoothly as envisioned by the transitioning service member. The San Francisco Veterans Study tells us that we have not effectively engaged separating service members early enough in their transition process. It has become increasingly clear that there is a dire need for support services, employment assistance, and health treatment options that engage veterans early in the transition from military to civilian life.
Castro, C. A. and Kintzle, S., 2017. The State of the American Veteran: The San Francisco Veterans Study. USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.