A Long History of Success

Veterans Village of San Diego’s (VVSD) motto is “Leave No One Behind.” It’s a noble but lofty goal.

When I, as a former soldier, read those words, I immediately think of the Ranger Creed, which reads in part, “I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy…” For soldiers, those are more than words; it’s a solemn promise, one that will be kept if at all humanly possible.

Veterans Village of San Diego has a noble mission, to help homeless and addicted veterans reclaim their lives by offering housing, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, and employment training services. Their enemies include substance abuse, homelessness, and mental health issues. Basically, anything that would challenge a vet from becoming a productive member of society. For over forty years, they have been successful in this mission and have helped numerous former servicemembers. They’ve received multiple accolades on local and national levels, and the facility was even held up as a model of success on 60 Minutes.

I should take a hard break right now and state that although it has been endorsed by the Veterans Administration (VA), it is NOT a VA healthcare facility. It’s a privately run non-profit.