SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - With many events to remember veterans this weekend, services are also being discussed to help those who have given their service to our nation.
Employers were called out this week by Colonel Jack Jacobs when he spoke to the Pierre Claeyssens Military Ball. 700 attended the event at the Fess Parker Doubletree Hotel Saturday night.
Jacobs is a frequent commentator on military issues for network television shows.
He said no other job prepares a young person for the work place like the military. Jacobs encouraged the government and future employers to consider veterans when looking for workers.
"Our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines need to know that they are the best people our nation can produce, that they are the jewels in this society and they should never forget that too. All of us need to do what we can to convince them of this, otherwise they will not be able to make the kinds of contributions that they need to," said Jacobs.
In Santa Barbara New Beginnings has resources to help veterans with housing, jobs and health care.
Emily Halpin is the program coordinator for veteran services. She says several aspects of New Beginnings services work together to help vets with housing and the right infrastructure to keep their lives in order.
"A lot of people don't know tenant rights and responsibilities and how to behave towards a landlord, or maybe room mates. We can connect them with mental health services and things like that," said Halpin.
"We have a counseling service there. We are working with the Housing Authority and the Safe Parking Program for the vehicular homeless so we have wrap around services in the entire organization," she said. "So we use all of that in our veterans programs to help our clients."
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or the Santa Barbara Housing Authority at www.hasbarco.org