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California Veterans Legal Task Force
Helps veterans upgrade, discharge, and apply for social security benefits.
County Veterans Service Representative
Provides benefits counseling professional support services to military, veterans, and their dependents.
Contact: 760-740-5773 or 760-740-5572
National Association for Black Veterans
Addresses unmet needs of minority and economically disadvantaged veterans.
Contact: 760-740-5556 | https://nabvets.org/locations/
Assists veterans in need to acquire and maintain stable income and permanent housing.
Contact: 760-740-5553 | https://www.interfaithservices.org/
ACP American Corporate Partners
Everyone needs a Mentor. Each year, about 200,000 service members leave the military to seek fulfilling careers in the civilian world. ACP Mentors have helped over 10,500 veterans tackle the move from the military to the civilian workforce.
Plus, as a part of ACP’s Women’s Program, you will also have access to monthly professional development conference calls, aimed to better suit your transition needs and network with other female veterans and industry leaders!
Apply for a FREE mentorship today. You can also call ACP at (212)752-0700 to learn more!
Physician Advocates for Veterans
Enhances veterans’ ability to understand and manage their healthcare.
Contact: 760-7405584 | http://sandiego.networkofcare.org/mh/services/index.aspx
Substance Abuse & Suicide
Locations across the country, dedicated to providing the best treatment possible to those struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders.
Resources for Alcoholism Treatment
Denver Recovery Center
Help for Veterans Struggling with Addiction
Detox Locals Veteran Addiction Guide and resources
DetoxLocal Periodic Table of Drugs
Full guide to Opiate and Heroin Withdrawal
(Harm Reduction) Needle Exchange
with over 221 needle exchange programs located nationwide
Mental Health Systems- Courage to Call
Strives to improve the wellness of veterans with physical and/or mental disabilities.
Contact: 619-764-1882/760-740-5574 | https://www.courage2call.org/
Progressive Results, INC.
Strives to improve the wellness of veterans with physical and/or mental disabilities.
Contact: 619-764-1882/760-740-5574| http://www.progressiveresults.org/
Assists with a successful transition to civilian life.
Contact: 760-740-5563| http://www.nvtsi.org/
Southern Caregiver Resource Center
Coaches families of service members and veterans through the transition home.
Contact: 760-740-5578| https://caregivercenter.org/
Vets Caring for Vets
Provides veterans to care for veterans and civilians of all ages.
Contact: 760-740-5565 | http://vetscaringforvets.org/
Veterans Village of San Diego
Assists homeless veterans who have substance abuse and/or mental health issues.
Contact: 760-740-5558 | http://vvsd.net/
Veterans Museum/Art for Veterans
Honors and perpetuates the memories of all veterans.
Contact: 760-740-5554 | http://veteranmuseum.org/
Live Well San Diego
County of San Diego Office of Military and Veterans Affairs
This office assists active duty military, veterans, dependents, their survivors, and families in the Transition Assistance Program, and to obtain all the benefits they are due from federal, state and local sources. This includes VA disability claims, college fee waivers, education, in-home supportive services, emergency needs (shelter), survivor’s compensation claims, non-service connected pensions, death pensions, and appeals for veterans benefits.
San Diego, Ca. 858-694-3222
Escondido, Ca. 760-740-5604
National City, Ca. 619-731-3345
Distinguished Veteran Pass
The County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation is honoring the State of California’s Distinguished Veteran Pass. With this pass, veterans who qualify can enjoy the benefits of County Parks and Recreation facilities at little or no cost. As a thank you for your distinguished service, we hope you will enjoy the benefits of San Diego County Parks!
Location: 5500 Overland Ave., San Diego, CA 92123
Contact: 877-565-3600 www.Sandiegocounty.gov/parks/DistinguishedVeteransPass.html
Network of Care (NOC) Website
The Network of Care for service members, veterans and their families is a one-stop-shop for virtually all services, information, support, advocacy, and much more. This public service is an attempt to bring together critical information for all components of the veteran community, including veterans, family members, active-duty personnel, reservists, members of the National Guard, employers, service providers, and the community at large.
Pets for Patriots
The County of San Diego Department of Animal Services offers pet adoptions at a reduced fee to members of the military community and will assist them in selecting their new best friend.
- 5480 Gaines St., San Diego, Ca. 92110
- 5821 Sweetwater Rd., Bonita, Ca. 91902
- 2481 Palomar Airport Rd. Carlsbad, Ca. 92011
Contact: 619-767-2675 | www.petsforpatriots.org
VA Stand Down
Conducted for roughly one week each summer and sponsored by Veterans Village of San Diego, Stand Down provides services to homeless veterans such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, VA and Social Security benefits counseling, and referrals to a variety of other necessary services, such as housing, employment and substance abuse treatment.
Location: 4141 Pacific Hwy., San Diego, Ca. 91220
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org | www.ccsd.net
DRC Program – Learn more about the DRC Program, including eligibility requirements, what medical evidence you need to submit, and how to find an accredited VSO at https://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/drc.asp.
– Do you have a condition that was directly caused by or has gotten worse because of your service-connected condition? If so, you can file a secondary claim for disability compensation for that condition. If you’re planning to file a secondary claim, make sure you file it as a Decision Ready Claim (DRC).
County of San Diego Office of Military & Veterans Affairs
You or your dependents may be entitled to one or more of the following educational benefits:
- Post 9/11 GI Bill
- Montgomery GI Bill
- Vocational Rehabilitation
- Reserve Educational Assistance
- Dependents Educational Assistance
- Dependents College Tuition Fee Waiver
- Non-Resident College Fee Waiver
- 5560 Overland Ave., #310, San Diego, Ca. 92123 | 858-694-3222
- 649 West Mission Ave., #2400, Escondido, Ca. 92025 | 760-740-6504
Child Welfare Services (CWS) Military Liaison
CWS Regional Military Liaisons coordinate and consult with military family advocacy programs. Liaison activities include participating in case planning for military families with CWS involvement; coordinating services and treatment plans; providing mandated child abuse reporting training to military personnel and child development staff; and providing referrals and support services to families in crisis or at risk of entering the Juvenile Court System. Military liaisons also provide support on active CWS family reunification cases.
Location: Child Welfare Services – Serves military families countywide
Contact: CWS Military Liaisons Program Manager 858-694-5742
Courage to Call
“By Veterans for Veterans”, Courage to Call is a veteran-run, peer-to-peer support program offered through Mental Health Systems, INC., in collaboration with 2-1-1 and the Access and Crisis line. Services are offered at no cost to active and former military members, their families and loved ones. Services include support to reduce stress and improve overall mental health, employment services, veteran transition services, referrals for a variety of services and resources, and community outreach.
Contact: Dial 2-1-1 or 888-724-7240 (24 hour access/crisis line)
Program Manager: 858-636-3604 | www.211sandiego.org/courage-to-call
Health & Human Services Agency’s Public Health Care
Regional and Public Health Services clinics offer the following services
- Child Health and Youth Clinic
- HIV Testing
- Immunization Clinic
- Pregnancy Testing
- Public Health Nursing
- Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic
- Tuberculosis Testing and Treatment
- Referrals to Community Resources
- Central Region | 619-229-5400
- East Region | 619-441-6500
- North Central Region | 858-573-7300
- North Coastal Region | 760-967-4401
- North Inland Region | 760-740-4000
- South Region | 619-409-3110
It’s Up to Us- Resources for Military
From active duty members to retire, reservists to Department of Defense (DOD) and family members, anyone can face depression, anxiety, post-traumatic distress and other mental health challenges- and be reluctant to seek help. Recovery is possible, and getting help is an important first step to an active and healthy future. The website provides a variety of supportive stigma reduction and mental health resources, as well as offers Live Chat.
www.up2sd.org (for specific military-related resources, type ‘military’ in search)
Disabled Veterans Exemption
Property tax exemption for veterans with 100% service-related disabilities, or to spouses upon the death of their active duty or veteran spouse.
Location: County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Hwy. #103, San Diego, Ca. 92101
Contact: 619-531-5773 | email@example.com
Offers low-interest deferred payment loans of up to $70,000 or 33% of the purchase price, whichever is less for the low-income, first-time home buyers. The Down Payment and Closing Costs Assistance (DCCA) program imposes a maximum purchase price for a home of $390,000 for a single-family detached residence, or a new condominium/townhome purchase. The home may be a single-family home, a condominium or a townhouse. First-time home buyers must earn less than 80% of the San Diego Area Median Income (AMI) for DCCA. The DCCA program is available in the San Diego Urban County, which includes the unincorporated area and the cities of Coronado, Del Mar, Imperial Beach, Poway, Lemon Grove, and Solana Beach.
Home/Mobile Home Repair Loan and Grant Program
Provides loans or grants for the repair of owner-occupied single-family homes or mobile homes. Grants of up to $12,000 are available to low-income mobile home homeowners to make necessary repairs and/or DA improvements to their mobile homes. Deferred loans up to $25,000 are available to eligible single-family homeowner-occupants and do not require monthly payments. Loan/Grant amount is determined by the cost of repairs and is approved by a loan committee. The Home/Mobile Home Repair Loan and Grant Program is available in the San Diego Urban County, which includes the unincorporated area and the cities of Coronado, Del Mar, Imperial Beach, Poway, Lemon Grove, and Solana Beach.
Child Support Outreach
Child Support Services staff visit local jails monthly to change the monthly child support amount for incarcerated veterans, decrease the non-custodial parents’ debt and increase the veteran’s chance of becoming self-sufficient upon release. Staff also conduct monthly visits to the Mission Valley VA to provide case management assistance.
Location: 220 West Broadway, San Diego, CA. 92101
San Diego Veterans Treatment Court
Veterans Court provides eligible veterans who have misdemeanor and felony convictions treatment designed especially for veterans through a collaboration between the County of San Diego’s District Attorney’s Office, the Superior Court, Department of Public Defender (Including Defense Bar), treatment providers. To participate, the veteran must be able to show some type of mental health issue related to their service.
Veterans Empowerment Program
The Veterans Empowerment Program promotes a seamless transition for veterans returning from service or incarceration to a life of stability. AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members connect veterans and military families to physical and mental health services, social series, housing, financial literacy, and employment resources through education or vocational training. The goal is to prevent crime and criminal behavior and create a pathway out of poverty to sustainable living.
FAMILY RESOURCE CENTERS (FRC’S)
Centre City Family Resource Center
Location: 1225 Imperial Ave., San Diego, CA. 92101 | 866-262-9881
El Cajon Family Resource Center
Location: 110 South 1st St., El Cajon, CA. 92019 | 866-262-9881
Lemon Grove Family Resource Center
Location: 7065 Broadway, Lemon Grove, CA. 91945 | 866-262-9881
Metro Family Resource Center
Location: 1130 10th Ave., San Diego, CA. 92101 | 866-262-9881
North Central Family Resource Center
Location: 5055 Ruffin Rd., San Diego, CA. 92123 | 866-262-9881
North Coastal Family Resource Center
Location: 1315 Union Plaza Ct., Oceanside, CA. 92054 | 866-262-9881
North Inland Family Resource Center
Location: 649 West Mission Ave., Escondido, CA 92025 | 866-262-9881
Northeast Family Resource Center
Location: 5001 73rd St., San Diego, CA. 92115 | 866-262-9881
South Region Family Resource Center
Location: 690 Oxford St., Chula Vista, CA. 91911 | 866-262-9881
Southeast Family Resource Center
Location: 4588 Market St., San Diego, CA. 92102 | 866-262-9881
SAN DIEGO COUNTY LIBRARY VETERAN SERVICES
San Diego County Library Programs/Lectures for Veterans
County libraries provide information regarding services for active military, veterans, and their families. They also provide special topics such as stress management, health and nutrition, and other life skills.
The One VA Community Advocacy Board exists to share information, promote community engagement with the VA, and give feedback and advice regarding significant issues and initiatives. The One VA Community Advocacy Board (CAB) is comprised of key community stakeholders and directors from the local VA offices (Veterans Health Administration, Veterans Benefits Administration and National Cemetery Administration). Once a month 30-40 members representing each entity meet at the San Diego VA Medical Center to discuss various policies, personnel, and program changes. www.sandiego.va.gov
San Diego County Veterans Advisory Council
The Board of Supervisors of the County of San Diego declared that it is the policy of the County to take the leadership role in identifying and addressing the needs of military veterans. In order to fulfill the tasks related to this policy, the Board established a San Diego County Veterans Advisory Council. The Council functions as an independent body in carrying out is duties and responsibilities, reporting directly to the Board of Supervisors as well as the Chief Administrative Officer. The San Diego County Veterans Advisory Council meets the second Saturday of each month at 9:30am. 858-694-3211
San Diego Military Family Collaborative
The San Diego Military Family Collaborative (SDMFC) provides an inclusive forum to maximize the collective impact of community resources to enhance military family life. The SDMFC provides one coordinated place where military families can find resources and stay strong, healthy and connected. http://sdmilitaryfamily.org
Veterans Association of North County (VANC)
Created by a group of dedicated veterans, VANC is dedicated to empowering other veterans, members of the military, and their families by providing needed support and resources including assistance with jobs, education, finances, health, wellness, and family issues. VANC meets the first Monday of every month at noon at 1617 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, CA. 92058. 760-722-1277