“Operation Welcome Home” matches newly returned veterans with older ones to help them readjust to civilian life. Republican State Senator Jeff Denham joined veterans at the California capitol to argue against the cuts.
“This isn’t a battle between Republicans and Democrats; this is a battle between what’s right and what’s wrong.”
The program is supposed to help with things like collecting federal benefits. Supporters say that’s money that would quickly make its way back into the economy. Governor Schwarzenegger included eight million dollars in his budget for the program, but a committee recently proposed cutting that to one million. Rick Buckman is heads up the California Association of County Veterans Service Officers. He says that would come out to about 25 thousand dollars per county.
“I can’t hire anybody for 25,000 dollars. That’s just gonna keep up the upkeep of my additional office expenses and my paper and all the stuff that has to do with filing claims.”
The proposed funding is still 35 percent more than county veterans’ services got last year.