The Santa Barbara Public Library will host a grand opening of the Veterans Connect program, 2 p.m. Aug. 30, at the Central Library, 40 E Anapamu St.
The library is inviting community members and veteran-serving organizations to help announce the program to Santa Barbara. Scheduled speakers include: U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal, Santa Barbara Mayor Cathy Murillo and county Supervisor Das Williams.
A veterans service representative will hold open office hours at the library on the second and fourth Mondays of the month from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Goal of the Veterans Connect program is to provide veteran benefits and service information to veterans and family members.
Some 22,270 military veterans live in Santa Barbara County, which is almost 5 percent of the population and slightly above the statewide percentage of 4.5.
According to a 2017 report from the Santa Barbara Foundation, some of the greatest challenges facing Santa Barbara area veterans include: inadequate access to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and other healthcare resources, both for physical and mental health; inadequate access to affordable housing; “a veterans-services landscape that is robust and well-intentioned, but fragmented, uncoordinated and inefficient.”
Last year, the Santa Barbara Library was awarded a Veterans Connect grant through the California State Library, which is supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services & Technology Act.
For more information and contact information, see https://santabarbaraca.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?eventid=24062
Posted Aug. 21, 2019.