Vets' Community Connections Research Summary

The San Diego Chamber of Commerce financed a study on behalf of Vets’ Community Connections to examine how veterans and military family members could tap the experience of a greater number of community members to make reintegration easier. The 2015 results overwhelmingly supported a role for the greater community in assisting veterans and their families… Continue reading

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South Bend

South Bend helping vets

It’s one of the hardest things veterans will face — the transition back to civilian life. A new pilot program hopes to make that transition easier. Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Assistant Secretary of Defense Douglas Wilson were live in the studio this morning to explain how it works.  

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South Bend

New South Bend vet program one of few in country

A new program is helping area veterans, and it’s only in two other cities. She’s a St. Joseph County Commissioner, but cleaning teeth is also how Deborah Fleming helps the community. “I am a dentist and this is one of the ways I can help,” Fleming says. Her usual tools are on a dental table… Continue reading

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San Diego

Veterans Community Connection officially launches

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Thursday – After a year-long development effort to bring more Americans into the community reintegration process for veterans and their families, San Diego County public and private sector community leaders formally launched Vets’ Community Connections (VCC) Thursday. Elected officials joined private sector and local veteran and military leaders at the 10… Continue reading

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New 2-1-1 Hotline Helps San Diego Vets

Radio coverage provided by KPBS. Vets’ Community Connection will match veterans with volunteers who can give advice on living in San Diego. Along with Phoenix and South Bend, Ind., San Diego will be home to one of three pilot programs designed to help veterans reintegrate into the community. Vets’ Community Connections nearly bypassed San Diego.… Continue reading

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San Diego

Would you take a call from a post-9/11 veteran?

A new pilot program debuting in San Diego on Thursday will try to link volunteers with recent military veterans who need assistance in the form of advice or expertise. The program, called Vets’ Community Connections, is being unveiled by a coalition of government and private-sector groups, including San Diego County, 2-1-1 San Diego, San Diego… Continue reading

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San Diego

Giving more than “thanks for your service”

With the largest county concentration of military personnel and the third-highest number of veteran residents in America, San Diego County is now the nation’s top destination for newly returning veterans and their families. Many of San Diego County’s outstanding public and private sector veteran support programs serve as national models. Yet both here and across… Continue reading

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South Bend

Putting the community back into community reintegration

“As a nation, we’ve learned to separate the warrior from the war. But we still have much to learn about how to connect the warrior to the citizen.” – General Martin Dempsey, 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff The Pentagon estimates that at the end of WWII, three out of every four Americans… Continue reading

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San Diego

New 2-1-1 Program Helps Vets Connect with San Diego

A new public-private partnership is leveraging the free 2-1-1 hotline to match veterans with volunteers who can help them re-enter civilian life in the San Diego community. Kari McDonough, co-founder of Vets’ Community Connections, said Thursday the program is aimed at San Diegans “who want to do more than say ‘thanks for your service’” to… Continue reading

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South Bend

South Bend aims to attract vets through new pilot program

SOUTH BEND — Adjusting to life after deployment abroad isn’t easy for military service men and women. A new pilot program just getting underway in South Bend, Phoenix and San Diego aims to make it a little easier. The program is called Vets’ Community Connections and it aims to connect service men and women, along… Continue reading

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