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San Diego Veterans Coalition



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Top Veteran Needs



Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Suicide Prevention

  • Access and Crisis Line - Call the Access and Crisis Line at 1-800-479-3339. The toll-free line is available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.
  • Veteran Suicide Prevention Lifeline


Substance Abuse

Parent Support


Job Training

2-1-1 San Diego: Serving Those Who Serve Us

The state of California is home to more veterans and military members than any other state in the nation. In San Diego County, veterans, active duty, guard and reserve members and their families make up a large segment of the population and are an integral part of the community. Every day in San Diego County, families deal with deployment, separation and reunification with family members, and readjusting to daily life, among the complex maze of issues these individuals face. Often times the most difficult problem is not knowing where to turn when help is needed. No matter if you’re a veteran, active military, reservist, transitioning to civilian life or a family member, this website will help you find the help you need.

Below are links of important and "need to know" websites of information on:
  • Benefits and Compensation
  • Financial Assistance
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment
  • Employment, Income Tax
  • Medical Care
  • Legal Assistance
  • Food and Shelter
  • Marital Problems
  • Troubled Youth
  • Child Care

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides a wide range of benefits including Disability, Education and Training, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, Home Loan Guaranty, Dependent and Survivor Benefits, Medical Treatment, Life Insurance and Burial Benefits. Eligibility for most VA benefits is based upon discharge from active military service under other than dishonorable conditions. The Department of Veterans Affairs publishes a comprehensive guide: Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors. If you are a returning service member (OEF/OIF), you may be eligible for special benefits.

The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CDVA) serves California’s veterans and their families. The Veteran Services Division provides high quality advocacy and services for all California Veterans to ensure those who are eligible receive USDVA compensation and pension benefits, and publishes the California Veteran’s Resource book (PDF), and the comprehensive California Directory of Veterans Services. CDVA also provides information on California-specific programs, such as Veterans license plates.

The California Association of County Veterans Service Officers (CACVSO) is an organization of professional veterans advocates. In California, the County Veterans Service Officer plays a critical role in the veteran's advocacy system. Veterans Service Offices are locally-funded agencies established to assist veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and services accrued through military service. Click here for a list of services provided, and other helpful links.

Calling 2-1-1

Calling 2-1-1 for Support

2-1-1 San Diego is a 24/7 stigma-free and confidential phone service dedicated to connecting people with community, health, and disaster services. When you call 2-1-1 San Diego, you are connected with a highly trained Client Service Representative (CSR) who can navigate the complex system, prescreen you for possible program and benefit eligibility, and connect you to the best military or veterans resources and benefit information based on branch of service, status of service including veterans and active duty, and by category, such as behavioral health, education and employment, and financial assistance.

Listen to Gary Rossio speak about San Diego Veterans Coalition and 2-1-1 San Diego on the Daily Transcript.
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To find more helpful services and resources, search our 2-1-1 online database
or dial 2-1-1 to speak with a Customer Service Representative.

2-1-1 Partners for Military and Veteran Services

2-1-1- San Diego is proud to be a partner of the San Diego Veterans Coalition, which brings together community service providers, veteran organizations and other professionals to serve the needs of San Diego County veterans and their families.


2-1-1 San Diego also provides residents of San Diego County with information and referrals for all basic needs, such as food, utilities, housing, employment and more. Our trained representatives can assess or prescreen you for programs and assist with applications over the phone.
There are many different benefits, programs and services available, each with different eligibility requirements. Some of the programs in our database are available to anyone in the County, while others are specific to military or veterans and their families. Our Client Service Representatives are highly trained to assess your needs and prescreen you for services and find something that is right for you and your family.

Video Library

Veterans and Suicide: After returning from active duty our veterans
often face a new battle at home.
Learn more in this video.