Chances are, if you live in San Diego, you know a Veteran or someone who will be a Veteran. After all, 15,000 active-duty military personnel transition out of active service every year in San Diego. Many of these Veterans aren't aware of the many potential benefits they have access to. Almost half of San Diego’s Veterans don’t have health insurance, and that’s a big problem. After all, health and happiness go hand in hand.This is why we are providing a resource like the Veterans Navigation Center (VNC).
The VNC connects San Diego veterans with job training, benefits assistance, mental health services, and anything else a service member might need when transitioning to civilian life. The most important of these is benefit assistance.
As he explains during an interview with KUSI, Scott recognized a need for the VNC during his work with Confidential Recovery. Confidential Recovery is an outpatient treatment center for those with substance use disorder. About three-and-a-half years ago, they began a separate program to serve Veterans and first responders —and these groups quickly filled the program.
Scott noticed that Veterans left the recovery program when their benefits ran out. That meant that some Veterans need help with mental health, and they aren't getting it. Some Veterans are sick with other maladies and feel they can’t access affordable treatment.
The Veterans Navigation Center helps San Diego’s Veterans obtain benefits so they can get the medical care they need. Many of The VNC’s trained case managers have gone through the process themselves and are intimately familiar with the struggles of transitioning to civilian life.
With over 160 partners ready to help Veterans learn life skills, job training, and gain access to benefits, The VNC is the missing link veterans need when acclimating to life as a civilian.
After serving their country, Veterans may feel lost and abandoned, and many struggle with asking for help. With just one phone call, the Veterans Navigation Center can get their life back on track.
That one phone call can make a huge difference in the life of a San Diego Veteran.
The VNC helps veterans get what they want from civilian life. While many of their services come in the form of referrals, each veteran has a VNC case manager who monitors their progress and can hold their hand through transitioning to civilian life.
Is this a service that would benefit you or a veteran you know? Reach out to the Veterans Navigation Center at 858-567-9191 and start this new chapter of your life with support and confidence.
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🪖 🎖️Today, March 29, is National Vietnam War Veterans Day – a day dedicated to our nation's heroes who served in that war. Fifty years have passed since the final American military forces left Vietnam and our remaining prisoners of war were returned. Even after the passage of five decades, we still owe these veterans a large debt of gratitude. During the conflict, political controversy and disagreement were sadly misdirected toward those who had admirably served our nation. When these brave warriors returned from Vietnam, they received neither a hero’s welcome nor appreciation for their service that they deserved, but instead got apathy, anger and hate. Disappointingly, many were left to struggle alone with self-doubt, shame and the memories of those left behind. After their wartime service ended, these unsung heroes went to work, served in government and became involved in their communities. Vietnam War-era veterans went on to lead Fortune 500 companies, direct Oscar-winning films, create a prominent computer-programming language, map the human genome and many other outstanding accomplishments. Today, there are approximately 6 million living veterans from the Vietnam era – more than 30% of America’s veteran population. We offer our sincerest thanks on this momentous day to all of those brave souls who served! 🪖 🎖️
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