Veterans Column: Good Reason to Hope for Ventura County’s Veterans, Homeless

By Alexander G. Deraney, U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) and GCVF “Mobile Veteran Outreach” Team Member

Alexander G. Deraney.

Many are hopeful that 2022 will put the gray days of the previous two years in the rear view mirror.

New antiviral COVID-19 pills show near 90% efficacy in preventing hospitalizations and deaths in high-risk patients. International supply chain snarls seem to be easing. Job numbers continue to improve, with employers offering better pay and working conditions. Along with this, many economists expect the gradual easing of our soaring inflation.

We’ll begin to see long-needed infrastructure improvements, and there are better-than-even odds that there will be legislative compromises resulting in the passage of additional infrastructure and social investments, as well as meaningful reforms of our weakening democratic institutions.

There are also good reasons for hope regarding improvement in the lives of Ventura County’s homeless and vulnerable veterans and their families.

Two initiatives will address the county’s disadvantaged veterans and their families, but neither is projected to be available until 2023 and beyond.