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To Our Veterans, We’ve “Got Your 6”

With the recent growth of missions in the San Antonio area, and with the current drawdown of troops, the number of veterans is rapidly rising. The Alamo City is ready to honor their service to our country and provide post-military transition assistance to them and their families with “Got Your 6,” a week of events and information sessions on employment, education, family, housing, leadership and health.

Got Your 6 is a national campaign which borrows from the military’s term for “I’ve got your back.” With resources under the six areas of focus mentioned above, the campaign aims to help vets smoothly transition to civilian life. Its message of support, admiration, appreciation and respect for our veterans is spreading. Click here to watch the celebrity-endorsed video supporting America’s heroes.

Currently, Texas has the 2nd largest veteran population, at 1.6 million, and the largest population of Gulf War Era Vets, at 508,000. In the next 12 months, 2,000-3,000 active duty personnel will be separating from the military in San Antonio alone. Transition is a critical time that presents a unique set of issues, and The Chamber and its volunteer partners want to make the crossover as easy as possible for our nation’s heroes and their families.

Veterans and their families are a tremendous asset and resource to our community; 82% of military families are engaged in serving their communities. The Chamber is helping San Antonio become the model city for transitioning military families with a Veterans & Families Support subcommittee dedicated to that purpose.

Got Your 6 will occur from June 1-7 in San Antonio and will feature a number of events hosted by different organizations in the city. Below is a list of events and contacts if you have questions.

Saturday, June 1 -

Veterans Information Program (VIP) Mega Benefits Fair
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at TriPoint Center [MAP]
This half-day event will offer a variety of services for veterans and families including assistance in résumé writing and job interviewing, housing assistance, on-site enrollment for Veterans Affairs benefits and a fitness booth.
Hosted by San Antonio Coalition for Veterans and Families | Contact: David Patrick

Monday, June 3 -

Community Leadership Breakfast/Community Action Team Rollout
This event is targeted at the military support offices; it will offer veterans, active duty personnel and their families information on community service organizations and volunteer opportunities, keeping them plugged in to the community, long after Got Your 6 concludes.
Hosted by San Antonio Area Foundation/SACVF | Contact: Melissa Beach

Peer Support Groups
Time: TBD at the Counselor Education and Family Life Center at St. Mary's University [MAP]
The peer-to-peer program will help veterans who are dealing with suicide, post-traumatic stress disorder, sexual assault in the military and other difficult social issues. Trained facilitators and other veterans will be available to discuss coping mechanisms and offer guidance.
 Hosted by Battle Buddy 101 | Contact: Tish McCullough

Career Expo
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Norris Conference Center [MAP] and NCOA’s Veterans Employment Assistance Division co-hosts career fairs across the nation. hosts the largest veteran job board in the world, while NCOA has been a leader in hosting military job fairs around the country.
Hosted by and NCOA | Contact the Organizer  

Wednesday, June 5 -

Location: Alamo Area Council of Governments, 1st floor board room [MAP]
San Antonio Coalition for Veterans Meeting
This organization brings together different military-related, non-profit resources to discuss what is happening in the San Antonio veterans community, where the gaps are, and how they can help. All are welcome.
Hosted by San Antonio Coalition for Veterans | Contact the Organizer

Thursday, June 6 -

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at San Antonio College Nursing & Allied Health Complex on W. Evergreen [MAP]  
Education Fair
Alamo Colleges encourages and supports educational opportunities for active and retired military and their families, as well as the community as a whole.
Hosted by San Antonio College | Contact: Thermajean Jones

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