David Alvarez Commemorates Veterans Day: Announces Priorities for Next Director of Veterans Affairs

DavidAlvarezDavid Alvarez celebrates Veterans Day, announcing his priorities for the next Director of Veterans Affairs of the City of San Diego.

“Every year at the end of his military service, fifteen thousand men and women return to San Diego.  We have an obligation to help them resume a civilian life Councilman David Alvarez said. “His priorities access to good jobs and health care, should be our priorities.”

Last year he established a position for Veterans Affairs Director in the city of San Diego.   Few cities in the country have a position dedicated to advocating for the needs of those who have served in the military.   Unfortunately the previous administration did not put the necessary focus and the position is vacant.

“When Mayor, this position will be one of the first actions to take. Will consult with the military community to recruit the most qualified person for the job and make sure that these people have the resources, tools, and staff to work,” continued Alvarez.

Military service members face a lot challenges in their transition to civilian life. California Veterans commit suicide almost three times more than civilians or are left homeless, especially those returning from Afghanistan and Iraq.

“Since the federal government reduces military presence around the world, San Diego should be prepared for more veterans” added Alvarez. “My administration will consult with the military and community organizations to ensure access to jobs, training for San Diego is a model for the rest of the country.”

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