Expansion of resources for veterans remains critical issue in UC system
The California Employer Advisory Council (CEAC) honored UC Davis among the winners of the 2016 Veterans Employer of the Year Awards at a ceremony on May 5. CEAC is a nonprofit organization that partners with the California Employment Development Department (EDD) to advocate for employers and to facilitate workforce development.
The Veterans Employer Award honors organizations with policies that excel in training, hiring and retaining veterans in both private and public sectors.
UC Davis has excelled at providing resources to its veteran students. The Transfer Reentry Veterans Center assists with the academic adjustment and social transition to campus and the Veterans Affairs Office offers veterans benefit assistance and processes Cal-Vet Fee Waivers. The Davis Student Veteran Organization, which has over 45 members, is another way for veterans to get academic support and to engage in social events.
These resources secure a supportive environment for veterans on campus and are vital in showing appreciation for those who have served our country. It is a meaningful way to show gratitude and respect for veterans.
The nomination form for the award requires a description of the organization’s leadership in veteran advocacy, programs to promote veteran success in the workforce and future advancement opportunities.
UC Davis was nominated for its outstanding resources and dedicated support for veterans by Ryan Perez, Sacramento Veterans Employment representative for California EDD.
“[UC Davis is] a pillar in the community for veterans and disabled veterans programs, and has set the standard in Sacramento for supporting veterans and individuals with disabilities,” Perez said in a UC Davis news article.
Although UC Davis has proven to be a leader in providing services to veterans, it is necessary that these resources continue to grow.
According to the article released by UC Davis, the university was the only government/public sector organization in Northern California to receive the 2016 Veteran’s Employer of the Year Award. The resources available at UC Davis should be expanded across the UC system to ensure support for veterans on all campuses.