Family Life Action Group

Board Champion: Ron Stark
Co-Champion: Lisa Marcolongo

Statement of Purpose: FLAG’s purpose is to strengthen and build connection between San Diego County communities and veteran families.

Flag Forum Conference Call 0900-1000 the second Monday  of the month-605-475-3220 Code 730850# or in person at Support the Enlisted Project (STEP), 9951 Businesspark Avenue, Ste. A, San Diego 92131. 

Active FLAG Members: The Elizabeth Hospice – Mental Health Systems- Department of Labor – Southern Caregiver Resource Center – Suppor tthe Enlisted Project (STEP)- Poway Veterans Organization- Office of San Diego Mayor Faulconer- Jewish Family Services- 2-1-1 San Diego- PsychArmor- VA San Diego Healthcare System- Wounded Warrior Project- Courage to Call

Proposed Goal One:
Develop a family “buddy system” where neighborhoods commit engage their veteran families and assimilate them into the fabric of their community, similar to family the military family support network that facilitate families connecting quickly after relocation.
Metrics: TBD

Proposed Goal Two:
Connect veteran families to community events through a countywide activities/events calendar designed to foster veteran families connecting to their community.
Metrics: TBD

Proposed Goal Three:
Organize community events that provide opportunity for natural relationship building between veteran families and community organizations.
Metrics: TBD

An Advance Healthcare Directive can reduce your family’s stress.  Why plan ahead?

  • Allows a person to make choices as to what they want or don’t want both at end of life or if incapacitated
  • Avoids confusion and disagreement for family members and loved ones
  • Can prevent unnecessary suffering

How can I plan ahead?

Questions you will want to think about:

  • What are the differences between a Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare and a Living Will?
  • Where does a Veteran get an Advanced Directive?
  • Who completes the Advanced Directive?
  • When is the Advanced Directive effective?


Resource Links to Visit & Refer to

Life after  the Uniform: The Resilient Spouse – Call (866) 923-6478 or email

Caregiver’s Handbook – Call HHSA AIS (800) 510-2020 or visit

TGPS Standalone Training virtual curriculum:

TGPS Standalone Training virtual curriculum:

Ten Truths About Military Transition

5 Tips to Help Your Service Member Transition Out

Thinking about life after the military? Whether transitioning tomorrow or 5 years from now it’s never too early to start planning. This 1 day workshop is designed to make the transition to civilian life easier for the whole family. Receive one-on-one advice from the experts and peer support from spouses who have already transitioned out. Topics include: VA Benefits, Healthcare, Relocation, Employment, Education, Finances and more! See attached flyer for more details.  Military Transition: The Spouse Edition