“Now is the time to create a national structure – characterized by functional cooperation, cross-sector collaboration, and an integrated network – to establish a no-wrong-door capacity that allows our country to reintegrate effectively veterans and their families as a matter of course. Given the imminent need, this voluntary construct can be led by the private sector, championed by established leaders in the field, and characterized by effective public-private partnerships.”
This was the call-to-action message in a White Paper entitled “After the Sea of Goodwill: A Collective Approach to Veteran Reintegration,” published in October 2014 by the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Chairman’s Office of Reintegration. The need for a no-wrong-door approach has been the primary impetus for forming the California Veterans Chamber of Commerce, in order to help integrate all of our community’s efforts, and as a bulwark against COVID-19. Because 47.5% of our nation’s workers are employed by small businesses, we are rallying our veteran- and military spouse-owned businesses to do their part to safeguard jobs in the economy. California ranks #1 in veteran-owned businesses, with 252,000.