The advisory commission was formed at the recommendation of council President Ceasar C. Mitchell.
As thousands of U.S. military men and women return home from foreign conflicts, many are faced with challenges of reintegrating into civilian life that may include physical and mental health issues, job training and placement, homelessness and other challenges.
“The creation of the Atlanta Commission on Veteran’s Affairs is vitally important as we create and provide services to the men and women who have served our country through military service,” Mitchell said. “Our veterans often have unique challenges and the commission will help ensure that those challenges are met in a way that best serves those who sacrificed for our country.”
The Atlanta Commission on Veteran Affairs will consist of nine voting members to be appointed by the following:
Two representatives appointed by the mayor:
o One of the appointments by the mayor should have a background in affordable housing
o One of the appointments by the mayor should have a background in financial literacy and assistance
Two representatives appointed by the council president:
o One appointment by the council president should have a background in military family and spousal support
o One appointment by the council president should have a background in job placement for veterans
Three representatives appointed by the council:
o One appointment, made by council members from Districts 1, 2, 3 and 4 and Post 1, should have a background in elderly services for veterans
o One appointment, made by council members from Districts 5, 6, 7 and 8 and Post 2, should have a background in homeless services for veterans
o One appointment, made by council members from Districts 9, 10, 11 and 12 and Post 3, should have a back-ground in the Atlanta VA Medical Center
One representative appointed by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners:
o The Fulton County Commission appointment should have background in mental healthcare for veterans (mental health experience can include training in items such as post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, and suicide prevention)
One representative appointed by the Georgia Department of Veterans Services.
The Atlanta Commission on Veteran Affairs will host its first meeting within 60 days of the majority of the commission members being appointed and confirmed by the council, Mitchell said.