According to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America — or IAVA — the unemployment rate for veterans nationwide is more than 7 percent. Here in California it's just over 6.5 percent.
Hundreds of thousands of veterans are stuck in a massive backlog at the VA, waiting an average of 125 days for their claims to be reviewed. At least 22 veterans take their own life each day, including an increasing number of young veterans.
So the IAVA has created what it calls the Rapid Response Referral Program to help veterans navigate post-war life. That program is already underway in New York, and starting tonight, it launches here in Los Angeles.
We're joined by Jason Hansman of the IAVA, and Angela King, a Navy medic who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.