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.
Join the Coalition
It’s standard for people to say: “Thank you for your service” when they see a person in uniform or learn that they’ve served. Though the recognition is much appreciated, we have to ask ourselves what we’re doing to show our gratitude.
The highly publicized issues of homelessness and suicide are horrifying. But just as many veterans struggle outside of the media spotlight. Their income hovers around the poverty line. They face frustration when trying to access the healthcare they were promised.
Transition issues are left unresolved, particularly for those deployed in combat. Families are strained to understand the changes they see. Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are astoundingly common.
We urge you to add your voice to the coalition advocating for our veterans.
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.