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 communities in San Diego County 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 – Vets Community Connections

Proposed Goal One:

Develop neighborhoods’ commitment to engage transitioning and post-discharge 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.


  • Measured by number of neighborhood networks actively engaging transitioning and post-discharge veteran families to connect them to community activities and organizations that support and increase their capacity to thrive.

 Network examples:

  • Peer Networks
  • Civic Networks
  • Faith Networks
  • Professional Networks
  • Recreational Networks

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