California is home to nearly two million veterans who have served honorably and made great sacrifices to defend our freedoms and protect us from foreign threats. Most veterans live productive, healthy lives and contribute to the region’s quality of life through substantial civic involvement and volunteerism. However, some veterans face a variety of issues and challenges after they leave service, ranging from unemployment to mental illness, substance abuse and homelessness.
The County of San Diego, through its Health and Human Services Agency and its Veterans Services Office, provides benefit information and assistance, plus other support, to veterans and their families. Nevertheless, there is always an opportunity to do more or find new ways of offering help so that we leave no veteran behind.
Public-private partnerships already exist to help veterans and may provide opportunities for the County’s involvement and/or support. For example, the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce’s military mentoring program pairs active military service men and women about to enter civilian life with corporations and businesses to job shadow employees and executives. In addition, the REBOOT program based at the former Naval Training Center at Liberty Station offers workshops providing veterans transforming into civilian life with the skills and information needed to successfully compete in a modern, fast-changing business world.
Our Board of Supervisors remains committed to helping our veterans who have risked their lives for our country. Today’s board conference and actions will reinforce the County’s commitment to supporting and helping our veterans.