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Veterans Coming Home is developed in partnership with national organizations that serve both veteran and civilian constituencies and share common values of service and citizenship. These partnerships , together with the connections of local PBS stations nationwide, create an authentic grassroots campaign like few others.

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Local Partners

Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program

Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Program:
Initially serving as a mechanism to contract with providers for community-based residential treatment for homeless Veterans, many HCHV programs now serve as the hub for a myriad of housing and other services that provide VA with a way to reach and assist homeless Veterans by offering them entry to VA care.

Outreach is the core of the HCHV program. The central goal is to reduce homelessness among Veterans by conducting outreach to those who are the most vulnerable and not currently receiving services and engaging them in treatment and rehabilitative programs.

Another aspect of HCHV is the Contract Residential Treatment program, which places Veterans with serious mental health diagnoses into quality, community-based, supportive housing.

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Operation Dignity

Operation Dignity’s Executive Director and Vietnam War veteran, Alex McElree, has dedicated his life to ensure that no veteran suffers the indignity of homelessness and isolation upon their return home. After returning from three tours of duty in Vietnam, Alex lost everything. He became homeless, battled alcoholism and experienced trauma from war experiences.
Once he recognized the acute needs of other homeless veterans, he vowed to do what he could to house and support them. Starting with only his Social Security check, Alex rented a house in Oakland, bought some beds and invited a few veterans to his home. Operation Dignity was born.
From our pioneering start in 1993, Operation Dignity has grown to a veteran-run, service-enriched 501(c)(3) non-profit, serving homeless veterans and their families, as well as homeless population of Alameda County, CA. Former and current Operation Dignity residents help operate our housing facilities by providing peer support to other veterans and supporting day-to-day operations. Many former residents are now even employed by Operation Dignity. For more information:

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Service Women’s Action Network

Founded in 2007, the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) is the voice of all military women – past, present and future. We are a member-driven community network advocating for the individual and collective needs of service women. SWAN is guided by the priorities of our members, who include thousands of women and men, service members and civilians alike. We are committed to seeing that all service women receive the opportunities, protections, benefits and respect they deserve. Our goal is to ensure all service women have access to the information, tools and support they need to reach their personal and professional goals during and following their years of service.

Our Mission

Our mission is to be the nation’s most influential and effective network of service women, acting as their champion, advocate and best information resource:

  • Celebrating the strength, abilities and accomplishments of the fastest growing segment of the US military
  • Utilizing people, knowledge and influence to eliminate obstacles and drive change
  • Facilitating progress through research, education, mentorship and outreach
  • Fighting for service women’s rights today, paving the way for their growth tomorrow

Our Legacy

To date, SWAN has played a major role in shaping the outcome of many important issues effecting women in the service including opening all military jobs to service women, holding sex offenders accountable in the military justice system, eliminating barriers to disability claims for those who have experienced military sexual trauma, and expanding access to services for a broad range of reproductive healthcare services. But our work has only just begun.

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Swords to Plowshares

In 1974, Swords to Plowshares started with a single grant and a small location on Valencia Street. Now, over 40 years later with an annual budget of $19 million, we are still doing the same thing we set out to do — heal the wounds of war, restore dignity, hope, and self-sufficiency to all veterans in need, and to prevent and end homelessness and poverty among veterans.
From the beginning we’ve accomplished our mission by providing wrap-around services to veterans in our community, and advocating for improved care and services for all veterans. We have been at the forefront of the veterans’ rights movement since 1974, when six Vietnam veterans, frustrated with the inadequate system of care for veterans, founded Swords to Plowshares.
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Vet Center Program

We are the people in VA who welcome home war veterans with honor by providing quality readjustment counseling in a caring manner. Vet Centers understand and appreciate Veterans’ war experiences while assisting them and their family members toward a successful post-war adjustment in or near their community.

Special thank you to the Veterans Service Centers of San Francisco, Oakland, Antioch, Milpitas, San Jose, and Salinas.

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Veterans Equity Center

The Veterans Equity Center is a nonprofit organization located in the South of Market of San Francisco. VEC has been serving the community for the last 15 years. Originally established to provide services for Filipino World War II veterans, VEC has expanded its services to include low-income seniors, families, people with disabilities, immigrants, LGBTQ, formerly incarcerated and homeless individuals. VEC assists these groups through case management, counseling, free legal clinic, health services, and affordable housing opportunity assistance.

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