Almost one third of friends and neighbors are active duty military or veterans and their dependents. Serving the needs of military families in San Diego is integral and more important than ever. Did you know?
Military, Veterans, and family members residing in San Diego County:
- Over 225,000 Veterans
- Over 600,000 Veteran family members and survivors
- Over 115,000 Active Duty Military
- Over 285,000 Dependents
This equates to over 1.2 million residents in San Diego County associated with Military and Veterans, close to 39% of the 3.2 million residents in the County.
Throughout September, ABC10 will be bringing you information about organizations, and programs available to support active duty military, veterans and their families.
The stress of deployment, finances and daily life can be challenging, particularly to military families and dependents.
If you are unsure of where to find help, need aid to get started, or are just unsure of your entitled benefits, you can obtain assistance by calling the Office of Military & Veterans Affairs.
The Office of Military & Veterans Affairs provides these services and helps the following benefits:
- Comprehensive benefits counseling
- Claims preparation and submission
- Claims follow-up to ensure final decisions
- Initiate and develop appeals when appropriate
- Networking and advocacy with federal, state and local agencies
The New Military & Veterans Resource Center (MVRC) inside the North Coastal Live Well Health Center in Oceanside (Mission/Barnes) is bringing the total number of MVRC’s in the County to 3, North Inland Region, South Region, and North Coastal Region – The County’s Office of Military & Veterans Affairs will be opening a new MVRC in Oceanside at the end of August 2018.
This new MVRC will house over a dozen non-profit Veteran Support Organizations and a group of Accredited County Veteran Services Representatives (VSR) who will be able to conduct comprehensive benefits counseling to Veterans and Active Duty personnel.
Here are some of the Veteran Service Organizations available:
- Veterans Village of San Diego
- Blue Star Families
- Operation REBOOT
- All Star Vets
- Southern Caregiver Resource Center
- Elizabeth Hospice
- Vets Community Connection
Additional resources may be found from 2-1-1.
Or contact: Courage to Call
Click here to speak with a fellow Veteran who knows what it means to serve and who can connect you with the help you need.
VA San Diego Healthcare System has the following available: