August 2015

When he left the Army, John Emswiler searched for a way to continue giving back to the community. After becoming the police chief of Denison, Iowa, he met Ron Hernandez, the founder of Moving Veterans Forward.

8/31/2015 - News article: Veteran assists fellow former servicemembers with housing

When he left the Army, John Emswiler searched for a way to continue giving back to the community. After becoming the police chief of Denison, Iowa, he met Ron Hernandez, the founder of Moving Veterans Forward. read more »

On Oct. 24, the MAPS museum will expand its offerings by adding an event called "Welcome Home Veterans." This two-hour ceremony will honor veterans who served between 1950 and 1975.

8/31/2015 - News article: Ohio museum to honor Korean, Vietnam veterans

On Oct. 24, the MAPS museum will expand its offerings by adding an event called "Welcome Home Veterans." This two-hour ceremony will honor veterans who served between 1950 and 1975. read more »

Becoming a police officer is truly a honor. It takes dedication and bravery, especially during your first months on the job. Use this time wisely and you could set the baseline for a very successful career. AFBA listed some common mistakes rookie police officers make and advice on how to avoid them.

8/28/2015 - Blog: 6 mistakes rookie police officers should avoid

Becoming a police officer is truly an honor. It takes dedication and bravery, especially during your first months on the job. Use this time wisely and you could set the baseline for a very successful career. AFBA listed some common mistakes rookie police officers make and advice on how to avoid them. read more »

As a probationary firefighter, it is your time to prove yourself and find your place on your new team. AFBA has compiled some helpful suggestions to help you make the most of your probationary period.

8/28/2015 - Blog: 5 tips for probationary firefighters

As a probationary firefighter, it is your time to prove yourself and find your place on your new team. AFBA has compiled some helpful suggestions to help you make the most of your probationary period. read more »

Many know country music star Kip Moore for his songs "Something Bout a Truck" and "Beer Money," but lately the artist has focused his attentions on a new project. In partnership with Case Construction, Moore will kick off a music festival to honor veterans.

8/27/2015 - News article: Country star Kip Moore launches music festival for veterans

Many know country music star Kip Moore for his songs "Something Bout a Truck" and "Beer Money," but lately the artist has focused his attentions on a new project. In partnership with Case Construction, Moore will kick off a music festival to honor veterans. read more »

Thanks to a new law, veterans who use their G.I. Bill benefits to attend college will be given in-state tuition rates at any public university in the country.

8/27/2015 - News article: New bill guarantees veterans in-state tuition at any public college

Thanks to a new law, veterans who use their G.I. Bill benefits to attend college will be given in-state tuition rates at any public university in the country. read more »

Military servicemembers learn specialized skills in their specific roles. These abilities are useful in civilian careers, but it is important to translate them into terms that civilian employers understand.

8/26/2015 - Blog: 7 military titles and how to translate them to your civilian resume

Military servicemembers learn specialized skills in their specific roles. These abilities are useful in civilian careers, but it is important to translate them into terms that civilian employers understand. read more »

After first responders in Spring Hill, Florida were called to the home of 65-year-old Ralph McCrory, they surprised everyone by going above and beyond the call of duty.

8/26/2015 - News article: Florida first responders mow man's lawn after saving his life

After first responders in Spring Hill, Florida, were called to the home of 65-year-old Ralph McCrory, they surprised everyone by going above and beyond the call of duty. read more »

In January 2014, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development estimated that nearly 50,000 veterans were homeless. On Aug. 24, a group of former servicemembers in Phoenix decided to help some of those veterans who were experiencing homelessness.

8/26/2015 - News article: Phoenix veterans cook meal, share evening with homeless former servicemembers

In January 2014, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimated that nearly 50,000 veterans were homeless. On Aug. 24, a group of former servicemembers in Phoenix decided to help some of those veterans who were experiencing homelessness. read more »

Elysburg is best known for hosting a Labor Day Weekend celebration called All Home Days that honors the service of local military members. This year's celebration will feature a patriotic new addition called The Field of Honor.

8/25/2015 - News article: Teens team up with veterans to plant memorial flags

Elysburg is best known for hosting a Labor Day Weekend celebration called All Home Days that honors the service of local military members. This year's celebration will feature a patriotic new addition called The Field of Honor.  read more »

For any first responder who may be experiencing the symptoms of PTSD, there are many organizations and programs designed to help these community servicemembers recover.

8/25/2015 - Blog: 6 PTSD resources for first responders

For any first responder who may be experiencing the symptoms of PTSD, there are many organizations and programs designed to help these community servicemembers recover. read more »

Firefighters rarely get the recognition they deserve, but on Aug. 23, the city of Wichita, Kansas recognized some of its first responders for their efforts. At the fifth annual Medal's Day ceremony, Lt. Rob Kanaga was given a medal of valor and named Firefighter of the Year.

8/25/2015 - News article: Kansas firefighters receive special recognition for service

Firefighters rarely get the recognition they deserve, but on Aug. 23, the city of Wichita, Kansas recognized some of its first responders for their efforts. At the fifth annual Medal's Day ceremony, Lt. Rob Kanaga was given a medal of valor and named Firefighter of the Year. read more »

One group of firefighters in recently took their commitment to service even further on Aug. 23. During the sixth annual OhioHealth Emerald City Half and Quarter Marathon in Dublin, Ohio, firefighters from Delaware City, Washington, ran the 13.1 ran in full fire gear.

8/25/2015 - News article: Washington firefighters support charity by completing half marathon in full gear

One group of firefighters recently took their commitment to service even further on Aug. 23. During the sixth annual OhioHealth Emerald City Half and Quarter Marathon in Dublin, Ohio, firefighters from Delaware City, Washington, ran in full fire gear. read more »

The women who have served in the military are getting new recognition with a monument in the Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spanish Fort, Alabama.

8/25/2015 - News article: Female veterans honored with new Alabama monument

The women who have served in the military are getting new recognition with a monument in the Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spanish Fort, Alabama. read more »

An Oregon Boy Scout started Bike for America, in which he, two fellow Scouts and a local Vietnam veteran would ride their bicycles from Hammond, Oregon to New York City. Along the way, the group would collect money and raise awareness for Operation Comfort Warriors.

8/25/2015 - News article: 3 Boy Scouts ride across country for veterans

An Oregon Boy Scout started Bike for America, in which he, two fellow scouts and a local Vietnam veteran would ride their bicycles from Hammond, Oregon, to New York City. Along the way, the group would collect money and raise awareness for Operation Comfort Warriors. read more »

Children of active duty servicemembers and veterans experience difficulties that their peers may not have to deal with. AFBA has compiled a list of camps for military children where they can relax and be with other kids who understand what they are going through.

8/25/2015 - Blog: 10 camps for military children

Children of active duty servicemembers and veterans experience difficulties that their peers may not have to deal with. AFBA has compiled a list of camps for military children where they can relax and be with other kids who understand what they are going through. read more »

Deployment is especially difficult for children as they will be faced with feelings they likely do not understand. AFBA has compiled five tips to assist you in helping your children cope with deployment.

8/21/2015 - Blog: 5 ways to help your children with their feelings during a parent's deployment

Deployment is especially difficult for children, as they will be faced with feelings they likely do not understand. AFBA has compiled five tips to assist you in helping your children cope with deployment. read more »

First responders do their jobs without expecting praise, but one Ohio amusement park dedicates two days every year to thanking first responders.

8/21/2015 - News article: Ohio amusement park thanks first responders with free admission

First responders do their jobs without expecting praise, but one Ohio amusement park dedicates two days every year to thanking first responders. read more »

When you spouse is deployed, it is not only tough on you, it is also a difficult time for your children. It is a time that will come with challenges, but there are many activities you and your children can do together to help you get through it.

8/21/2015 - Blog: Family activities to get you through your spouse's deployment

When your spouse is deployed, it is not only tough on you, but it is also a difficult time for your children. It is a time that will come with challenges, but there are many activities you and your children can do together to help you get through it. read more »

For many veterans, the most daunting aspect of life after service is the unknown. A program  called Boots to Business teaches them how to apply the skills they learned in service to a civilian career.

8/21/2015 - News article: Program takes veterans from 'Boots to Business'

For many veterans, the most daunting aspect of life after service is the unknown. A program called Boots to Business teaches them how to apply the skills they learned in service to a civilian career. read more »

On Aug. 20, two female servicemembers will join the ranks of the Army elite as they become the first women to graduate Army Ranger school. As of Aug. 19, their names have been released to the public.

8/21/2015 - News article: Names of first female Army Rangers released

On Aug. 20, two female servicemembers will join the ranks of the Army elite as they become the first women to graduate Army Ranger school. As of Aug. 19, their names have been released to the public. read more »

Many military spouses count down the days until their servicemember comes home, but deployment does not have to be a waiting game. There are a number of ways to keep yourself distracted yet still make the most of deployment.

8/21/2015 - Blog: Ways to stay busy while your spouse is deployed

Many military spouses count down the days until their servicemember comes home, but deployment does not have to be a waiting game. There are a number of ways to keep yourself distracted yet still make the most of deployment. read more »

At their practice on Aug. 17, the Detroit Lions hosted over 1,000 first responders. The Lions management and the players invited the 1,500 first responders from the surrounding area as a gesture of gratitude.

8/19/2015 - News article: First responders invited to Detroit Lions second practice

At their practice on Aug. 17, the Detroit Lions hosted over 1,500 first responders. The Lions management and the players invited the 1,500 first responders from the surrounding area as a gesture of gratitude. read more »

On Monday, Aug. 17, the Pentagon announced it would be sending active duty military personnel to assist with wildfires in the western part of the country.

8/18/2015 - News article: Active duty military deployed to fight fires

On Monday, Aug. 17, the Pentagon announced it would be sending active duty military personnel to assist with wildfires in the western part of the country. read more »

Aug. 21 will be a historic day for the Army Ranger program. For the first time since the school's beginning in 1950, two women have finished the grueling 61-day training program.

8/18/2015 - News article: Women make history, become first Army Rangers

Aug. 21 will be a historic day for the Army Ranger program. For the first time since the school's beginning in 1950, two women have finished the grueling 61-day training program. read more »

One of the most difficult parts of deployment is the lack of communication with your servicemember. Fortunately, there are many options available to help you stay in touch with your loved one during deployment.

8/18/2015 - 6 ways to stay connected with your deployed soldier

One of the most difficult parts of deployment is the lack of communication with your servicemember. Fortunately, there are many options available to help you stay in touch with your loved one during deployment. read more »

Veterans have made many sacrifices in their service to the county. One country in Texas has launched a program to help make life after service a little easier for these brave former servicemembers.

8/18/2015 - News article: Texas county launches veterans 'Thank You' program

Veterans have made many sacrifices in their service to the county. One county in Texas has launched a program to help make life after service a little easier for these brave former servicemembers. read more »

On Aug. 22., Deer Grove East Forest Preserve in Palatine, Illinois will host the The First Responders Family Fest 2015. The event was created to give first responders and their families a day of fun in thanks for their service to the community.

8/18/2015 - News article: Illinois town gives first responders, families a day of fun

On Aug. 22, Deer Grove East Forest Preserve in Palatine, Illinois, will host the First Responders Family Fest 2015. The event was created to give first responders and their families a day of fun in thanks for their service to the community. read more »

For the fifth year in a row, World Sport Chicago will host the Valor Games Midwest. This event is an adaptive sports competition for active duty military personnel and veterans who were disabled in their service.

8/18/2015 - News article: Adaptive sports event brings veterans together for competition

For the fifth year in a row, World Sport Chicago will host the Valor Games Midwest. This event is an adaptive sports competition for active duty military personnel and veterans who were disabled in their service. read more »

When military service ends, many veterans choose to go back to school to begin or further their educations. There are many scholarships available to assist veterans with their educational goals in life after service.

8/17/2015 - Blog: 9 ways for veterans to fund their higher education

When military service ends, many veterans choose to go back to school to begin or further their educations. There are many scholarships available to assist veterans with their educational goals in life after service. read more »

Exchanging letters, email and video calls can help combat the feelings that accompany separation during deployment, but many soldiers still long for the familiar luxuries from home. One thing military families can do for their heroes is send care packages.

8/17/2015 - Blog: Care package ideas for military families

Exchanging letters, email and video calls can help combat the feelings that accompany separation during deployment, but many soldiers still long for the familiar luxuries from home. One thing military families can do for their heroes is send care packages. read more »

A group of veterans living in the Community Living Center at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, have planted their own victory garden. The residents, all aging veterans, have worked together to grow a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.

8/17/2015 - News article: WWII veterans unite to make victory garden

A group of veterans living in the Community Living Center at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, have planted their own victory garden. The residents, all aging veterans, have worked together to grow a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. read more »

There are many organizations that are launching programs to assist veterans with the transition to civilian life. One of these organizations is On Target 4 Vets, a nonprofit dedicated to providing healing and bonding recreational activities for the nation's heroes.

8/17/2015 - News article: Nonprofit looks to use deep sea fishing to promote healing

There are many organizations that are launching programs to assist veterans with the transition to civilian life. One of these organizations is On Target 4 Vets, a nonprofit dedicated to providing healing and bonding recreational activities for the nation's heroes. read more »

 The Soldier Ride, a Wounded Warrior Project sponsored event, brings former servicemembers gather for a bike excursion that promotes friendship and healing.

8/17/2015 - News article: Cycling event helps veterans with camaraderie, healing

The Soldier Ride, a Wounded Warrior Project-sponsored event, brings former servicemembers together for a bike excursion that promotes friendship and healing. read more »

Active duty military personnel and first responders have some of the most stressful careers. The demands of th job can sometimes cause that stress to trickle over into off-duty life. AFBA has compiled eight activities to help servicemembers and first responders relax.

8/13/2015 - Blog: 8 relaxing activities for military personnel and first responders

Active duty military personnel and first responders have some of the most stressful careers. The demands of the job can sometimes cause that stress to trickle over into off-duty life. AFBA has compiled eight activities to help servicemembers and first responders relax. read more »

For military personnel and first responders, it can be difficult to say goodbye to friends and stationmates. AFBA has taken the time to outline some tips to assist you in meeting new people after a transfer.

8/13/2015 - Blog: How to make friends after a transfer

For military personnel and first responders, it can be difficult to say goodbye to friends and stationmates. AFBA has outlined some tips to assist you in meeting new people after a transfer. read more »

More than 300,000 veterans reside in Louisiana. Many of these former soldiers struggle to find work when they enter life after service. To help combat veteran unemployment and homelessness, the state began participating in a program called Homegrown by Heroes.

8/12/2015 - News article: Farm program helps Louisiana veterans find work

More than 300,000 veterans reside in Louisiana. Many of these former soldiers struggle to find work when they enter life after service. To help combat veteran unemployment and homelessness, the state began participating in a program called Homegrown by Heroes. read more »

If you have ever served in the military, you probably have many stories to tell about the people you met and the things you experienced. Military stories make some of the most memorable and inspiring narratives.

8/12/2015 - Blog: 5 military-based books that will have you shouting 'Hoo-ah!'

If you have ever served in the military, you probably have many stories to tell about the people you met and the things you experienced. Military stories make some of the most memorable and inspiring narratives. read more »

The Monmouth County 200 Club, an organization dedicated to providing financial assistance to the children of full time first responders, awarded the 2015 recipients on Aug. 6.

8/12/2015 - News article: Organization gives college money to children of first responders

The Monmouth County 200 Club, an organization dedicated to providing financial assistance to the children of full-time first responders, awarded the 2015 recipients on Aug. 6. read more »

Army officials have announced that over the next two years, they plan to cut their forces down by 40,000 soldiers. This means many will be looking for the next step in their life after service. Tennessee increased government funding to encourage veterans to attend college in the state.

8/12/2015 - News article: State funding allows for veterans programs in 11 Tennessee universities

Army officials have announced that over the next two years, they plan to cut their forces down by 40,000 soldiers. This means many will be looking for the next step in their life after service. Tennessee increased government funding to encourage veterans to attend college in the state. read more »

Firefighters in Midwest City, Oklahoma, recently installed fire alarms for the hearing impaired in about 25 homes across the region.

8/11/2015 - News article: Oklahoma fire department helps 10-year-old with hearing impairment

Firefighters in Midwest City, Oklahoma, recently installed fire alarms for the hearing impaired in about 25 homes across the region. read more »

The Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association is known for giving back to other veterans in its community. Recently, the group went above and beyond the call of duty when they decided to raise money for a veterans' home in Marquette, Michigan.

8/11/2015 - News article: Motorcycle-riding veterans give back to comrades in arms

The Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association is known for giving back to other veterans in its community. Recently, the group went above and beyond the call of duty when they decided to raise money for a veterans' home in Marquette, Michigan. read more »

When Hurricane Katrina tore through the Gulf in August 2005, many people were in need of assistance. Ten years later, a group of dental students from LSU got together to show their appreciation for the first responders who helped bring the city back.

8/11/2015 - News article: LSU students thank Hurricane Katrina first responders

When Hurricane Katrina tore through the Gulf in August 2005, many people were in need of assistance. Ten years later, a group of dental students from LSU got together to show their appreciation for the first responders who helped bring the city back. read more »

Since 2014, the American College of Financial Services has honored an individual with the Soldier-Citizen Award. This year's honoree is four-star Gen. Ralph E. "Ed" Eberhart, formerly with the United States Air Force.

8/11/2015 - News article: Gen. Eberhart honored with 2015 Soldier-Citizen Award

Since 2014, the American College of Financial Services has honored an individual with the Soldier-Citizen Award. This year's honoree is four-star Gen. Ralph E. "Ed" Eberhart, formerly with the United States Air Force. read more »

The Veterans Adaptive Sports program is offering disabled vets an opportunity to continue participating in the sports and activities they love.

8/11/2015 - News article: Disabled veterans get the chance to rediscover athleticism

The Veterans Adaptive Sports program is offering disabled vets an opportunity to continue participating in the sports and activities they love. read more »

Team River Runner, takes veterans who have sustained physical injury or are experiencing PTSD on paddling excursions down the Willamette River to help them heal.

8/11/2015 - News article: Oregon volunteers help veterans paddle through PTSD

Team River Runner takes veterans who have sustained physical injury or are experiencing PTSD on paddling excursions down the Willamette River to help them heal. read more »

For a group of elderly veterans, sports and physical activity are still the primary source of entertainment, and The National Veterans Golden Age Games provide a stage on which they can compete.

8/11/2015 - News article: Elderly veterans compete in sports competition

For a group of elderly veterans, sports and physical activity are still the primary source of entertainment, and The National Veterans Golden Age Games provide a stage on which they can compete. read more »

Individuals who serve in the military and first responders have a high probability of developing post-traumatic stress disorder. AFBA has compiled a list of seven programs designed to help servicemembers, veterans and first responders heal their PTSD.

8/10/2015 - Blog: 7 programs to help heal PTSD

Individuals who serve in the military and first responders have a high probability of developing post-traumatic stress disorder. AFBA has compiled a list of seven programs designed to help servicemembers, veterans and first responders heal their PTSD. read more »

On Aug. 8, country music artist Ricky Lee will host a concert to benefit veterans.

8/10/2015 - News article: Country singer hosts concert for veterans

On Aug. 8, country music artist Ricky Lee will host a concert to benefit veterans. read more »

Firefighters, police officers, paramedics and other first responders are dependent on the ability of the group to work well together. Luckily, there are a variety of teambuilding activities your station can complete to increase your unit performance.

8/10/2015 - Blog: Team-building activities for first responders

Firefighters, police officers, paramedics and other first responders are dependent on the ability of the group to work well together. Luckily, there are a variety of teambuilding activities your station can complete to increase your unit performance. read more »

There are counseling programs and peer support available to help veterans through this challenging condition, but one California man has found an alternative way to help veterans heal.

8/7/2015 - News article: California man teaches veteran to leave PTSD on the mat

There are counseling programs and peer support available to help veterans through this challenging condition, but one California man has found an alternative way to help veterans heal. read more »

Saint Louis University recently approved reduced tuition cost for firefighters, police officers and other first responders looking to continue their education.

8/6/2015 - News article: Saint Louis University offers lower tuition for first responders

Saint Louis University recently approved reduced tuition cost for firefighters, police officers and other first responders looking to continue their education. read more »

When people think of the Army, they don't usually think of their favorite food. However, the military is responsible for creating some of America's tastiest treats.

8/6/2015 - Blog: 5 foods invented by the military

When people think of the Army, they don't usually think of their favorite food. However, the military is responsible for creating some of America's tastiest treats. read more »

Choosing which school to attend should not add stress to your return home, so AFBA has compiled a list of the top eight colleges for veterans.

8/6/2015 - Blog: Top 8 colleges for veterans

Choosing which school to attend should not add stress to your return home, so AFBA has compiled a list of the top eight colleges for veterans. read more »

The American Outlaws fan group hopes to increase American support at the U.S. - Mexico soccer match this year by sending active duty personnel and veterans to the game.

8/6/2015 - News article: Soccer fans raising money to send active duty personnel, veterans to US- Mexico match

The American Outlaws fan group hopes to increase American support at the U.S. - Mexico soccer match this year by sending active duty personnel and veterans to the game. read more »

On Aug. 4, Port Authority police officer Brian McGraw delivered a baby in the PATH concourse at the World Trade Center.

8/5/2015 - News article: Port Authority police officer delivers baby in transit hub

On Aug. 4, Port Authority police officer Brian McGraw delivered a baby in the PATH concourse at the World Trade Center. read more »

While veterans are done with their time on the battlefield, a group called H.E.R.O. Child-Rescue Corps is training to combat a new enemy: online child predators.

8/5/2015 - News article: Veterans train for digital war on child predators

While veterans are done with their time on the battlefield, a group called H.E.R.O. Child-Rescue Corps is training to combat a new enemy: online child predators. read more »

There is no doubt that firefighting is a tough job. At the end of the day, firefighters want to go home to a safe, comfortable and affordable home.

8/5/2015 - Blog: Top 7 cities for firefighters to live

There is no doubt that firefighting is a tough job. At the end of the day, firefighters want to go home to a safe, comfortable and affordable home. read more »

On average, 5.9 million viewers tune into "American Ninja Warrior" every week, according to Variety. Those viewers got to witness two Chicago firefighters dominate the competition.

8/5/2015 - News article: Chicago firefighters compete on 'American Ninja Warrior'

On average, 5.9 million viewers tune into "American Ninja Warrior" every week, according to Variety. Those viewers got to witness two Chicago firefighters dominate the competition. read more »

On average, military families move once every three years. This can be stressful on the adults in a military family, but it can be even more difficult for military children.

8/4/2015 - Blog: How to help your children adjust to a transfer

On average, military families move once every three years. This can be stressful on the adults in a military family, but it can be even more difficult for military children. read more »

For many veterans, chronic pain is something they will have to deal with for the rest of their lives, but an organization called Pain Free Patriots hopes to alleviate some of this pain.

8/4/2015 - News article: Organization works to ease veterans' physical pains

For many veterans, chronic pain is something they will have to deal with for the rest of their lives, but an organization called Pain Free Patriots hopes to alleviate some of this pain. read more »

After firefighters in Aurora, Colorado saved her mom's life during a severe asthma attack, 12-year-old Trennah Nantkes and her friend, Kyra Dooley, wanted to repay their service.

8/4/2015 - News article: Colorado girls give back to community heroes

After firefighters in Aurora, Colorado saved her mom's life during a severe asthma attack, 12-year-old Trennah Nantkes and her friend, Kyra Dooley, wanted to repay their service. read more »

Phoenix resident Lance Greathouse holds a full-time job, but in his spare time he gives back to the veterans in his community by building custom wheelchairs.

8/4/2015 - News article: Phoenix metal artist makes custom wheelchairs for veterans

Phoenix resident Lance Greathouse holds a full-time job, but in his spare time he gives back to the veterans in his community by building custom wheelchairs. read more »

During their service, military men and women develop skills that make them advantageous hires for any business. Their training crafts them into responsible people with qualities that set them apart from other candidates.

8/3/2015 - Blog: 9 military skills to apply to a civilian career

During their service, military men and women develop skills that make them advantageous hires for any business. Their training crafts them into responsible people with qualities that set them apart from other candidates. read more »

Many veterans have begun to use art as a way to heal emotionally and physically from the traumas of combat. Anthony LoBue is now sharing this therapy with other former service members around the San Diego area.

8/3/2015 - News article: San Diego veteran shares healing through art

Many veterans have begun to use art as a way to heal emotionally and physically from the traumas of combat. Anthony LoBue is now sharing this therapy with other former servicemembers around the San Diego area. read more »