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Fall 2009, Jessica Columbo, Past Students

Video: San Diego Veterans Village helps vets transition home

By Jessica Columbo

The state of California is home to more than two million veterans, many of whom spend their nights on the streets. Veterans account for nearly a quarter of the homeless in America, and the city of San Diego is no exception. Men and women who have fought for their country are honored along the harbor in local Naval museums, but are more often over looked on city streets as busy San Diegans hurry past them. TheVeterans Village of San Diego, a non-profit program started nearly 30 years ago, provides these homeless vets with vital resources to help them battle mental illness, substance abuse, and homelessness after they’ve returned from service.

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