FLAG After-Action Report/Minutes 1.9.23

FLAG After-Action Report/Minutes 1.9.23

After Action Report 1.9.23

San Diego Veterans Coalition – Family Life Action Group (FLAG)

Co-Champions: Ron Stark, Marianne Delatorre, Lauren Ramos

Member Organizations

  • Ron Stark, SDVC President and Mental Health Systems
  • Lisa Marcolongo, The Elizabeth Hospice
  • Tracy Owens, Support the Enlisted Project (STEP)
  • Wilford Smith, MHS Courage to Call
  • Jenna Pryor, PsychArmor
  • Guadalupe Garcia, Southern Caregiver Resource Center
  • AmyVets’ Community Connections
  • Maggie Meza, Blue Star Families
  • Akia Isom, Military One Source
  • TBD, Hiring Our Heroes
  • Mike Maus, VA Caregiver Support Program
  • Andy Cramer, ExtendaTouch
  • Danny Shaffield, Us4Warriors
  • Dylan Fisher, North San Diego Business Chamber
  • Brett Hall, CHIP
  • Marianne Delatorre, Elizabeth Dole Foundation
  • Fisher House
  • Matt Feldhaus, Headstrong
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters San Diego
  • Farima Tabrizi, HomeSmart Realty
  • John Campbell, Smorgborg

Key Discussion Points

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  • Reassess SDVC FLAG Goals for the upcoming year
    • Broaden advocacy and action to create annual letter reporting critical issues and trends affecting veteran families
    • Write letters to policy and decisionmakers to build awareness, partnerships, and solutions around critical issues affecting veteran families
    • Increase participation in caregiver programming and self-identification amongst caregivers. Integrate caregiver planning implementation
      • Quarterly caregiver organization updates
    • Bridge connection to Deployment Readiness Officers to support veteran family transition
    • Childcare remains a persistent issue for veteran families especially for spouses looking to return to the workforce
  • Tara and John Campbell describe their ongoing work to build a directory for FLAG organizations to strengthen referral partnerships and collaboration

Next Steps:

  • FLAG Survey – Respective goals and commitments
  • Review and finalize toolkit
    • Referral workflow
    • Checklist and Impact Report



Upcoming FLAG Meetings


Month Tentative Topics
January 9 Toolkit Review: Goals and Directory
February 13 Toolkit and Survey Review: Best Practices
March 13 Military Spouse Employment/Small Business
April 10 Month of the Military Child
May 8 Mental Health/VA Navigation
June 12 Finding Community – Peer Support and Transition
July 10 Sandwich Caregiver Awareness
August 14 Minority Veteran Family Experiences
September 11* Veteran Suicide Prevention Awareness – Families
October 9* Financial Literacy/Resources and Food Insecurity
November 13 Veteran Family Survivors/Caregiver Survivors
December 11 Review/Capacity-Building