Military, Vets Get Recognized by County

The County of San Diego highlighted its efforts to enhance military and veterans services Tuesday with a Year of the Veteran Conference at the North Inland Live Well Center in Escondido.

Veterans, active military and their families make up more than one-third of the population in the region, yet they often lack the support or guidance they need to overcome their personal challenges. The veterans conference, hosted by the Board of Supervisors, was a chance to showcase services offered to that population and included many guest speakers including veterans, their friends and family members, as well as advocates of veterans services.

Highlights from the conference are in the video above. Below are several of the speakers and presentations in their entirety.

Watch how one local veteran, Ben Kilhefner, greatly benefited from a service dog provided to him from a local nonprofit.


Graham Bloem, founder of that local nonprofit Shelter to Soldier, spoke at the Veterans Conference with Kilhefner and Tank by his side, stating that working with veterans was a blessing.


For many vets, once combat is over, there’s another fight to be had at home – battling with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Nikki Stephens, a wife and caregiver for a veteran, gave a different kind of perspective. Watch her discuss how PTSD and TBIs affected not only her husband’s life, but hers, too, and how a local service helped them through the storm.


You can read more about the many services the County provides to support veterans.