Homeless Veterans


Two San Diego Organizations Awarded Grants For Veterans Services

A pair of San Diego-based organizations that provide services to veterans were awarded a combined $2.9 million in federal grants, it was announced Monday.

Veterans Village of San Diego received $1 million and Community Catalysts California received $1.9 million from the federal Supportive Services for Veteran Families program. The Community Catalysts California grant will cover services in San Diego, Imperial and Riverside counties.

The Supportive Services for Veteran ...

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San Diego County Veterans Expo Strives To Handle Volume

San Diego County on Monday sponsored a Veterans, Military and Families Benefit Expo at the War Memorial in Balboa Park.

Educating 1.2 million veterans about their benefits can be challenging, especially since the number of veterans grows so rapidly, organizers said.

"We get between 300 and 500 transitioning service members per month, coming out of the big major military bases here," said Timothy Mathues, senior human resources analyst for ...

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975 Homeless Veterans Get Help At San Diego's Stand Down

Volunteers at the 28th annual National Stand Down provided services to 975 homeless veterans, according to Veterans Village of San Diego, which organized the three-day event.

This year also saw higher numbers of women and dependent children in need of help, according to the VVSD.

"Nearly 50 percent of the active-duty military has dependent spouses or children," said VVSD President and CEO Phil Landis. "It is disappointing, but not surprising ...

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Army Veteran Finds Housing Through San Diego Program

A U.S. Army veteran on Tuesday said his life changed thanks to a San Diego homeless program launched in 2011.

Tommy Faccio was one of 36 homeless people selected to be a part of Project 25, a United Way homeless initiative to find permanent housing for the chronically homeless.

Faccio said he suffered from severe physical disabilities and mental illnesses. But his disabilities worsened from being homeless for eight ...

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Time-Lapse Video Of Homeless Veteran's Transformation Goes Viral (Video)

Time-lapse video of a once-homeless veteran undergoing a physical transformation has gone viral, garnering more than one million hits in just two days.

The video is a fundraising tool for Dégagé Ministries. The non-profit, Christian organization provides help to the homeless.

The man who is the focus of the video, U.S. Army veteran Jim Wolf, was homeless and plagued by alcoholism when the footage was shot. According to Dégagé ...

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Women Veterans Have Unique Needs After Leaving The Service (Video)

There are an estimated 1.8 million female veterans in the United States right now. Roughly 25,000 of them live in San Diego County. Women leaving the service have unique needs, and the Department of Veterans Affairs is working to keep up with those challenges.

My television story is posted up top.

When veteran Tara Wise needs to let go of the stress of her hectic day, she heads ...

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Homeless Veteran Reunites With Dog Missing Two Months (Video)

Homeless U.S. Army veteran Rusty Reed lost his best friend in the world this summer, when his dog Timber ran away during a camping trip in Utah. Through the power of the internet, and the devotion of friends, Rusty and Timber were recently united.

According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, an estimated 130,000 and 200,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. Homeless vets make ...

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Amazon Donating Kindles To Wounded Warriors For Veterans Day

Amazon is donating 2,000 Kindles to wounded warriors across the country, with 150 of the reading devices going to injured service members and their families in Oceanside.

Representatives from the online retailer will be at the Operation Homefront Village in Oceanside on Thursday morning to hand out the Kindles.

Operation Homefront Village gives injured veterans recently discharged from service a place to live, emotional support, and help with finding ...

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Veterans Village San Diego Seeks Permanent Housing Solution

A record 1,062 homeless men, women and children sought help at this year's Stand Down for military veterans. It started in San Diego 25 years ago. Now, more than 200 communities across the country put on a similar event. Organizers say one thing's apparent -- more vets from Iraq and Afghanistan are ending up on the streets.

Arturo, a veteran of the Marine Corps, overcame physical injuries, nightmares ...

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Job Training Grants to Assist Nearly 9,000 Homeless Vets

Some 8,600 homeless veterans will benefit from $15 million in grant money for job training through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis said today.

The Labor Department has awarded the money to 64 organizations that help America’s veterans, DOL officials said. The grant, officials added, will go to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies ...

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Death Penalty Sought Against Ex-Pendleton Marine For Six Murders

Former Camp Pendleton Marine and accused serial killer Itzcoatl "Izzy" Ocampo now faces the death penalty if he is found guilty of the six counts of murder with which he's charged.

Prosecutors say Ocampo is responsible for the stabbing deaths of four homeless men in Orange County in a "serial thrill-kill spree," as well as the murders of the mother and brother of one of his friends, according to ...

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Veteran With PTSD Uses Rap To Heal (Video)

"What's wrong with me? Got PTSD. These pills ain't working, man, I still can't think."

Those are the words of Iraq War veteran Leo Dunson, a former Sergeant in the United States Army, who has found rapping about his inner war wounds helps him heal.

According to the Associated Press, Dunson was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when he was discharged from the Army in 2008 ...

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Prince Harry Calls for Unity in Supporting Wounded Warriors

Great Britain’s Prince Henry of Wales, commonly known as Prince Harry, urged the U.S. and British publics last night to unify in supporting wounded warriors and families of the fallen, particularly as the drawdown of military operations in Afghanistan takes the media spotlight off their continuing needs.

Prince Harry accepted the Atlantic Council’s Distinguished Humanitarian Leadership Award for charitable work he and his brother, Prince William, Duke ...

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Would PTSD Name Change Mean Less Stigma For Vets?

Should post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, be renamed post-traumatic stress injury? Would a different moniker reduce the stigma attached to the word "disorder"? These are some of the questions a group of psychiatrists will grapple with today at the American Psychiatric Association's annual meeting.

According to the Washington Post, the phrase "PTSD" first became part of the nation's vernacular back in 1980, when it was published in the ...

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Once Homeless San Diego Marine Now Hot Sauce Businessman (Video)

Former Marine Mike Hanes fought in the Iraq War. When he returned to San Diego in 2004 he found himself searching for a purpose in life. He wasn't able to hold down a job because of anger issues that stayed with him after combat. Hanes was homeless for two years while he attended college.

But Hanes used what he learned in the Marine Corps' Survival, Evasion,Resistance and Escape ...

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