SDVC Physical & Emotional Health Action Group Meeting Minutes 2/17/23

SDVC Physical & Emotional Health Action Group Meeting Minutes 2/17/23

San Diego Veterans Coalition

Physical & Emotional Health Action Group

Meeting Minutes (February 17, 2023)

NEXT SDVC GENERAL MEMBERS MEETING: Friday, March 3, 2023, at 8:30 AM, hosted by the County of San Diego, North Central Live Well Center, located at 5055 Ruffin Road.  In-person attendance is encouraged. Networking prior to and following the meeting. Check out the SDVC Events Calendar to learn more.

NEXT SDVC PEH MEETING: Virtual Meeting on Friday, March 17, 2023 at 10:00 AM.


  1. Comments from Co-Champion Vic Martin (
    1. SDVC is facilitating on-and-off base transition and reintegration training, to active-duty service members throughout Southern California. This is only possible because of our community partners – such as Courage to Call, Work for Warriors, USS Midway, Reboot Workshops, San Diego County Office of Military and Veteran Affairs, and all of you!  Thank you!  We have many workshops scheduled, so if you know a service member who is transitioning out of the military within the next two years, please send them our way!
    1. SDVC is proud to be an ETS / Onward Ops Regional Coordinator.  We need community sponsors to sponsor active duty service members who need your support reintegrating into their community.
      1. Commitment:  Attend a one-day sponsor training facilitated by the Veterans Administration. Then communicate virtually or telephonically with your service member once a month for about six months to determine what support they need as they are transitioning into YOUR community.
      2. To Enroll:  Sponsor or Service Member:
  1. Comments from Co-Champion Hannah Jaime (
    1. San Diego Gives: the third annual event is set for Sept 7, 2023
      1. It’s 24 hours to give local. 300 nonprofits participated last year, and we expect that number to grow.
      2. San Diego Gives University is underway and offers an array of resources like style guides, toolkits, and experts to help with board development, PR, personal growth and more.
      3. Early bird registration starts at $25 for small nonprofits, but the price goes up on March 1.
      4. Contact Hannah at if your charity can’t afford it or with any questions.
    1. Nonprofit Resources
      1. Contact Hannah if you need help finding grant opportunities
      2. Grants Roundtable is March 16th in Escondido
      3. The Grant Professionals Association has a conference on March 10
      4. Fundraising Fridays is every Friday from 9am – 10am. It’s a free and a great group of people if you want to join.
      5. Nonprofit Ready is a helpful resource that offers free training.
    1. Be alert when walking your dog
      1. Avoid wearing headphones in the event of other dogs off leash
    1. There are a number of resources available if you need assistance with pet care
    1. Get Fit San Diego is back
      1. The 30-day challenge starts March 20
      2. Prizes & weekly challenges
      3. It’s free & people of all fitness levels can participate
    1. Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP) is hiring for their Suicide Prevention Council
      1. Program Coordinator
      2. Training and Outreach Coordinator
    1. San Diego Foundation nis hiring
      1. Admin Assistant, Community Impact
      2. Program Specialist, Education Initiatives
      3. Programs and Grant Manager
  1. Comments from Champion Gary Rossio (
    1. OneVA Community Charter updated for 2023.
      1. OneVA started in 2001 and the Directors of the VBA, VA Med Center, and Ft. Rosecrans Cemetery meet with veteran community leaders monthly to dialogue on all veteran related issues and programs. Model for the USA currently.
    1. VBA hiring rating and benefits claims examiners in SD and USA. See USA job for details.
    1. VBA Solid Start for transitioning veterans continues, VA support to transition increasing.
    1. VBA Director Pat Prieb retires Feb 28, 2023. Best wishes. Andrea Lapinski acting Director, former PEH member.
    1. NCA internments in FY 2022 were 315 k for veterans and family member across the USA
    1. VHA Med Center hiring medical specialties: Hiring fair on Feb 4 hired 292 staff of 460 applicants
    1. Flu Shots and COVID shots available at VAMC on a walk in basis.
    1. Jaime Yslas ( presentation of the Veteran Yoga Project in partnership with VA growth (slides and impressive data sets attached with PEH minutes). Trauma Conscious Instructors trained (200 hours) and classes offered at several locations and virtually in SD county for thousands of vets and spouses.
    1. International Scope growth in Canada and Germany as well. “Circle of Health” for VA and VYP. Helps veterans and families one breath at a time.
    1. VETART.Org by Steve Dilley ( is impacting veteran community locally and statewide.
    1. April, 2023 is the month of the Military Child, contact Tony “the Vet” LoBue ( for details.
    1. GI Film Festival, May, 2023 and 31 films screened for local viewing. “Stranger at Home” form 2022 is on the schedule for national PBS viewing in 2023.
    1. Next PEH meeting will be March 17, 2023. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all.
    1. Mr & Mrs. Military Ball to support the Veteran Yoga Project set for Feb 24, 2023.
    1. Keep up the good work.


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to keep up on all the amazing work our member-partners are doing!