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Young Veterans Call San Diego Home

A significant number of the 235,000 veterans living in San Diego County are new veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Josh Biesiada, a student veteran at San Diego State University
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Above: Josh Biesiada, a student veteran at San Diego State University

The VA Medical Center in San Diego reports more than 26,000 of those newer veterans are enrolled with them. Approximately half of returning veterans seek medical help from the VA, so an estimated 50,000 recent vets could be living in San Diego.

Josh Biesiada is a student veteran enrolled at San Diego State University. He served for seven years in the army and was deployed twice to Iraq. He says he does not plan to attend the parade today. He’s always thought of Veterans’ Day as being about the older generation.

“When I think of Veterans Day, I think of my grandfather," he said. "I think of my uncle, they were both in Vietnam. I consider myself a veteran but I don’t consider Veterans Day to be about me. Maybe it just hasn’t really set in that I’m a veteran. Maybe I feel like they’re more deserving. Not that I’m saying that we present-day veterans aren’t deserving of some kind of recognition, but me personally...I just don’t feel like celebrating it yet I guess.”

Biesiada says it took him almost two years after he was discharged from the army before he was ready to take advantage of his G.I. Benefits. He is now a senior and hopes to graduate next year.

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Avatar for user 'socialvaccine'

socialvaccine | November 11, 2010 at 9:38 a.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

on the air you said the "naval missle program/tech" started here in San Diego, but the Memorial was just 12 years old...
I wonder [and MUST KNOW] "exactly"! how many of the actual partisipants and organizers ect... themselves actually "grew up" in CALIFORNIA or WEST AMERICA in general.
If dark swarthy right-handed Richard Nixon is the only GOP candidate "FROM WEST AMERICA/California" then THIS!!! is the only proven normative ethic POSSIBILITY###, then quantified logistics can seriously SOLVE the SITUATIONAL.... geographic problem [honestly for American Prie intact... honest TEEN intervention. QUANTIFIED!!!

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randolphslinky | November 11, 2010 at 11:54 a.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

Thank you for serving to all our Vets, young and old. Even during the best of times (which we haven't seen in long time), service to our country comes with great sacrifice. Stand tall and proud today, and know that you are appreciated, honored, and respected, no matter which coast you came from, or where you call home.

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