1veteran.org was originally created as a portal for veterans to use who were in search of San Diego County Resources that integrate with the VA Medical Center in La Jolla. The CIHC (Complementary & Integrative Health Committee) at the VA has done an amazing amount of work to provide a list of free integrative health resources within the community. As an Army veteran volunteer on the committee learning web design, I was able to provide gateway for this information to reach a much broader veteran population.
As I continue to participate in our County’s community veteran collaborative meetings (ie., http://sdvetscoalition.org, http://vancnorthcounty.org, http://sdmilitaryfamily.org ), I have been inspired to expand this website to offer education, guidance, support, resources and anything else veterans and their families and friends need for a successful, healthy life before, during, and after military duty.
When we go into the military, we become part of a team of two or more. When we leave the military, we become independent. Civilian life is different. The rules are different. Our lives are different. What do we do? Where do we go? This website is designed to support veterans from all branches of the service, no matter how isolated or disconnected the may be.
No one needs to be alone!
When you hit a dead end.. when you feel your questions aren’t being heard and you haven’t found the support you need to bring you success in a civilian life, and you feel like the only — the “1” veteran– in your world: we are here to educate and guide you to find the help you need.
I am that “1” veteran who decided to do something about what I and other veterans are experiencing. I am also seeking people like me who are passionate to continue serving the veterans who served. Collaboration and teamwork are an antidote to today’s emphasis on “independence” and vital to our success
Thank you for your service. Thank you for supporting those of us who have served; and welcome to those interested in a future of service.