Veterans- Empowered, Successful and Thriving Action Group

Co-Champion:  William Felty

Co-Champion: Claudine Casillas

Statement of Purpose
The Veterans – Empowered, Successful and Thriving (VEST) Action group will serve as the conduit of information and be a catalyst for SDVC activities and endeavors related to personal development of the Veteran/Military population and their families in San Diego County, including educational pursuits, legal services access, and volunteer opportunities.

Goals and Outcome Measurements
The primary goal of the VEST is to leverage community legal, educational, and volunteer resources to allow Veterans to thrive. Specifically, this involves:

  • Hosting a signature “Welcome Back” event for local student Veterans that results in representatives from each college and university in San Diego County joining to share ideas and expand educational, career, and volunteer opportunities for one another.
  • Improving access to the legal system for Veterans through effective use of technology on the enhanced SDVC website. Success will be measured by legal service providers gaining new client contact through the use of this online marketplace.
  • Facilitating the educational empowerment of Veterans by linking together educational providers, Veteran Service Organizations, and students to facilitate the full use of earned benefits and realization of maximum career potential. Progress will be measured by the increase of Veteran attendance in higher education institutions and employment positions gained through our collaborative efforts.
  • Joining local volunteer organizations with Veterans and their families that want to offer their free time or are in need of services provided by the organization through effective use of the enhanced SDVC online marketplace. Growth in this area will be measured through the number of volunteers successfully matched with organizations and the amount of volunteer hours contributed to Veterans in need.

Please join us for our next meeting on Friday, April 13th, 2018 at 1200, 5560 Overland Drive, First Floor Meeting Room.   We will be discussing our Student Veteran mentoring program and planning for the Fall recruitment drive at local campuses.  Lunch will be provided, so come hungry.  We hope to see you all there! Interest in mentoring?  Let us know!