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An Online Resource for Veterans: Assisted Living, Support, and More Resources

Veterans injured in the line of duty may come back to find that it’s difficult to live in the home they left.

veterans with flag

While many homes can thankfully be remodeled to accommodate their needs, some veterans may need assisted living facilities or support services. One of the common challenges that comes up for veterans and those living with disabilities is finding proper care options.  

Thankfully, there are assisted living options that can help veterans who have disabilities, as well as elderly veterans who need help as they grow older. There are two basic ways for eligible veterans to receive assistance: obtain an assisted living benefit from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or apply for residency in a veteran’s home. (Assisted Living Research.  www.assistedliving.org/assisted-living-benefits-for-veterans)

Assisted Living Research Institute has created a dedicated section on their site that provides comprehensive information on topics like: available care options, financial support, and free resources that are available from each state.

You can see the entire guide here: www.assistedliving.org/assisted-living-benefits-for-veterans

In San Diego County, the Veterans Home of California, Chula Vista is a long-term care facility providing options for independent living and nursing care, and more. Additional information can be found here: www.calvet.ca.gov/VetHomes/Pages/Chula-Vista

Money Monday: Financial perks for veterans

As a thank you for their huge service to our country, our veterans have financial perks.

  1. flagSchool loan — Vets get 36 months of educational expenses paid through the G.I. Bill. But, you can also transfer that benefit to family–as long as you sign up to serve four more years from when you sign up for it (Time.com/money).
  2. Housing mortgage —  As a veteran, a VA loan allows you to get a no-down-payment, competitive-rate home loan.
  3. Business coaching — Veterans Business Outreach Centers offers boot camps and free resources for entrepreneurs.

This information is from Time; view their article on this topic here: time.com/money/3567560/vet-benefits-business-school-housing

San Diego county activities and events this weekend

San Diego County Events for May 27 – 29

It’s time to celebrate and remember the American soldiers who have fallen. This Memorial Day weekend, be grateful for those in the military and enjoy your time with family and friends. Here are just a few of San Diego County’s events and activities for this weekend:


Santee Street Fair

The Santee Street Fair will have over 300 vendors and food booths, 2 stages for live entertainment, a craft beer garden, and carnival rides.

When: Saturday, May 28 | 10am – 6pm
Where: Riverview Parkway and Town Center Parkway, Santee, CA 92071
Cost: Free
More information: santeestreetfair.com


Fine-Tuning and Creative Brewing Seminar

beerSan Diego is known for it’s brews and beers; why not learn how to brew a batch yourself? At the Fine-Tuning and Creative Brewing Seminar, learn how to brew from multi-award winning homebrewer Brian Trout.

When: Sunday, May 29 | 6:30 – 8pm
Where: The Homebrewer | 2911 El Cajon Blvd Ste 2, San Diego, CA92104
Cost: $20
More information: www.thehomebrewersd.com/event/fine-tuning-and-creative-brewing-seminar


2016 San Diego Ben Vereen Awards

Cheer on local, talented high school students at the 2016 San Diego Ben Vereen Awards this weekend. The competition between 10 male and 10 female nominees will be held on May 29 at the Balboa Theatre. “Finalists from participating schools are nominated as Best Actor/Best Actress candidates for their portrayal of leading roles in their high school’s musical theatre production. By the end of the evening, 1 Male Champion and 1 Female Champion will be selected to represent the 2016 San Diego Ben Vereen Awards at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (NHSMTA) in New York.” (www.benvereenawards.com)

When: Sunday, May 29 | 6pm
Where: Balboa Theatre | 868 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $32.50 | Buy tickets here
More information: www.benvereenawards.com


Summer Movies in the Park

Summer Movies in the Parkmovie hosts family-friendly outdoor film screenings at parks throughout San Diego; with the series beginning with a screening of “Aladdin” at Waterfront Park. Besides the actual movie, enjoy games and activities, and concessions and food trucks. The movie begins at dusk, but get there early to get a spot!

When: Friday, May 27 | 6pm
Where: Waterfront Park | 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free | $10 underground parking off of Ash St., and free metered parking after 6pm
More information: www.summermoviesinthepark.com


American Heritage Car Show

The American Heritage Car Show is one of the most exciting car shows anywhere. Over 200 gorgeous vehicles are exhibited in downtown Escondido’s Grape Day Park.

When: Saturday, May 28 | 9am
Where: Grape Day Park | 321 N. Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025
Cost: Free
More information: www.grapedaypark.org


USS Midway Museum’s Memorial Day lineup

flag“The USS Midway Museum is the heart and soul of Memorial Day celebration in San Diego. Understandably the busiest weekend of the year, the Memorial Day lineup of activities aboard the Midway honors and remembers our heroes as it celebrates our military heritage.” (http://www.midway.org/calendar) Several different activities and festivities will be happening at the Midway this weekend; check out the website for details. The event is free to the public and those who attend are invited to stay aboard and explore the USS Midway Museum at no charge as well.

When: Saturday – Monday, May 28 – 30
Where: USS Midway Museum | 910 North Harbor Drive, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: www.midway.org/legacy-week-2016


Vista Strawberry Festival

The Vista Strawberry Festival this weekend will bring live entertainment on multiple stages, bands, local craft brews all day long in the beer garden, carnival rides and 300+ vendors.

When: Sunday, May 29 | 8am
Where: Downtown Vista, CA
Cost: Free
More information: vistastrawberryfest.com


Memorial Day Weekend Observances

The Chapter 472, Vietnam Veterans of America, will host Memorial Weekend Observances at the San Diego Vietnam Peace Memorial at the Veterans Museum on Saturday and Sunday, with a formal ceremony on Monday morning.

When: Saturday – Monday, May 28 – 30 | 8am
Where: Veterans Museum and Memorial Center | 2115 Park Boulevard , San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: www.veteranmuseum.org

Event: Half-off admission for San Diego Museum Month

It’s not too late to enjoy half-off admission for San Diego’s Museum Month. The program, hosted by Macy’s, lasts until the 29th of February, and is a great way to learn a bit of history, science, or the arts and enjoy yourself! This special event applies to all 40 museums within the San Diego Museum Council membership. Just a few of the museums available to visit for a discount; go to SanDiego.orgfor the full list.

San Diego Museum MonthYou must pick up a Museum Month Pass at any of Macy’s fourteen locations within Temecula, Imperial Valley, or San Diego area. Up to four visitors can use one pass to gain admission for half-off. The amount of admission will vary, as the admission prices are different for each museum. More information regarding this special museum event is viewable at www.SanDiegoMuseumCouncil.org, or by calling (619) 276-0101.
 
I noticed this information regarding the San Diego Museum Month on SanDiego.org; you can read their post here: “San Diego Museum Month: Half-Off Admission.”