Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. In 1926, Congress passed resolution to make an annual observance day, November 11th, as a National Holiday. In honor of the “eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month,” a tribute to all the American Veterans – both living and dead to thank them for their service to our country.
After years of service
The men and women who have dedicated and sacrificed their lives for our freedom often find themselves having to start over and cope with their mental health. There are a number of resources and programs available locally that can help assist Veterans to rebuild and create a better future for themselves.
211* San Diego is a great help line that provides 24/7 advocacy to active-duty military, personnel, veterans, reservists, guard members and their families.
Check out their site at https://211sandiego.org/military-veterans/ for more information.
Another notable local organization Veterans Legal Assistance & Referral Clinic has partnered with California Veterans Legal Task Force that consists of a team of VA social workers and treatment providers, attorneys, legal professionals, and peer support to assist veterans in receiving mental health treatment from the VA. More about their services can be found at https://www.cvltf.org/
A third reputable organization that helps Veterans go from a wounded warrior to a successful civilian is Wounded Warrior Homes. They are a tremendous organization that has shaped a number of Veterans’ lives to help them create a better future. See more on what they offer at
In addition to resources for Veterans that are building the next chapter of their lives, there are many that have ended up on the streets.
Many of our homeless population in Southern California are Veterans who have suffered traumatic mental health issues and unable to seek proper help themselves. Thankfully there are organizations such as Homeless Veterans of San Diego whose goal is to put an end to the epidemic of homelessness among Veterans.
Visit their site and maybe donate to help out a Vet in need at https://www.homelessveteransofsandiego.com/
In San Diego alone there are about 240,500 living Veterans who have served our Country, given great sacrifice and are true heroes that we can thank for our freedom. Take a moment this Veterans Day to smile at a Vet, maybe lend them a hand, offer some assistance, or donate to help them as they have help you.