ABC7's Beyond the Headlines with Cheryl Jennings: Veterans in the Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Each week we examine stories that affect people who live and work in the Bay Area.

This episode of "Beyond the Headlines" talks about Veterans in the Bay Area and how the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs helps veterans as they transition after service. We also discuss local organizations that are focused on helping veterans achieve success.

Since the year 2000, over 2.8 million of the nation's 18.9 million veterans have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). That's about 16% of our country's veteran population. In 2014, about 9.1 million veters were enrolled in VA-provided healthcare.

Our guests talk about the transition back to civilian life, post-traumatic stress disorder, veterans homelessness, and valuable resources available to help veterans face their struggles.

Studio Guests:
Joe DeLaurentis
United States Navy Veteran
University of San Francisco Graduate

Keith Armstrong
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco
Director of Family Therapy Program, San Francisco Veterans Administration
Co-Author, Courage After Fire

Leon Winston
Chief Operating Officer, Swords to Plowshares
Housing Director

Brandina M. Jersky, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, VA Medical Center
Student Veterans Health Program, various Bay Area colleges

Additional Resources:
Free Information for Veterans
Call: 311VET (311838)
Veterans Crisis Line

Veterans Administration Information

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Click here to find a vet center near you!

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