The High Desert Veteran’s Coalition (HD Vetco) is open to all veterans who have served in the military. HD VetCo is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization serving veterans and their families in southern CA, specifically the High Desert Area.
We bring together the community, volunteers and veterans to share information, knowledge, support and resources. We are a unified voice in advocating for veterans and their families in our community.
Veterans by the Numbers
Source: American Community Survey
Gulf War Veterans
HD VETCO is entirely volunteer run. We focus our efforts in three areas:
Dealing with the V.A. can feel very overwhelming. For veterans with physical or mental health issues- it is an ongoing source of frustration. For lower income families, it’s can be even harder.
We work with community organizations to deliver the services that low income families need. We help to feed homeless veterans, work with 3H and run a Community Ambassador Program.
We help to provide workskills that offer our veterans the dignity and security of a good paying job. Our Y-Knot Success Center is the location for skill development and entrepreneurship training.
HD VETCO is open to all veterans, but we are particularly committed to three target groups:
Over 40,000 veterans are homeless. It’s such a shameful statistic and it’s not about them. We work with volunteers, community ambassadors to improve their quality of life.
The impact of losing a loved one is impossible to describe. The grief, the loneliness, the isolation. Our goal is provide survivors with companionship and a sense of community.
Low Income Veterans
Veterans and their families, particularly those with disabilities struggle to make ends meet. We try to get them connected to services, make sure they have enough to eat and improve job opportunities.
Volunteering is a great way to give back. We need help feeding and caring for the homeless, providing transportation, offering workshops, and peer to peer support.
Our Community Ambassador Program depends on teamwork. We engage with local business owners, churches and other civic and charitable organizations to create a network of needed services. Thanks for your help!
Sponsors offer a hand up
Our sponsors are members of the community who can have high impact on the lives of veterans. They prioritize hiring veterans, donate workspace, provide pro bono services, sponsor events, lead workshops or donate laptops.
A veteran is someone who at one point in their life wrote a “Blank Check” for an amount up to and including their life. Honor. Sacrifice. Country first!”
Why did you start HD Vet Co?
I’m a Marine. We don’t leave our people behind. The issues veterans are facing is our new battlefield.
What's the criteria for receiving help?
We consider a veteran to be anyone who has served or is serving in the military or the reserves.
So that’s the only criteria. This is a coalition not only for our veterans, but for our community. We want to connect as many people as possible.
Who's falling through the cracks?
The most obvious are homeless veterans. But suicide is a huge issue too – the inability to access mental health services is huge.
But there’s also too many service members living in poverty or substandard housing.
What about their families?
There’s no question that families need support, particularly when service members have been deployed in combat.
We prioritize help for surviving spouses who can feel isolated and alone after their loss.
How do you do all this?
I don’t – WE do. The whole idea of HD Vet Co is to bring the community together to make sure our vets are cared for the way we promised they would be.
The vision is a collective of different service providers, business owners, veterans, clergy and volunteers as advocates.
Veteran Health Fair
We’re working with our CAP members to get the details finalized.
This is a fundraiser to celebrate our volunteers, veterans and partners.
The Field Day
About HD VET CO
HD VetCo is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization serving veterans and their families in southern CA, specifically the High Desert Area.
We envision a community coalition with a single unified voice to advocate for veterans. We appreciate your help.