The Santa Barbara Foundation led a community wide effort to conduct an assessment of veterans and those who provide services to veterans throughout the county. The Foundation commissioned Nancy Berglass, project consultant and Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, to conduct an assessment of the county’s veteran population.
The project aimed to define the demographic and other attributes of the local veteran population, describe the landscape of services available to them, and identify opportunities through which the local community can make an impact in the lives of those who have served in uniform.
Using a mixed-method approach, the authors included: extensive review of national, state and local literature relating to veterans; compilation and review of government data; compilation and review of nonprofit data; analysis of existing literature describing the national veteran population, California-specific studies, and local reports and stories from Santa Barbara-based public agencies and media; facilitation of two large-scale, geographically-based working groups of stakeholders in Santa Barbara County; and scores of individual interviews.
The Santa Barbara Foundation wishes to express our sincere gratitude to our partners, who provided financial and in-kind support, and to the many participants for their honesty and passion for the veterans in our county. The foundation remains committed to working with nonprofits, donors, and public and private organizations to improve the well-being of our veterans.