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Operation Homefront California Fills In Gaps For Military Families

Evening Edition

Aired 4/24/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Jack Chirrick, Executive Director, Operation Homefront-California


Military families in San Diego have endured a lot in the past decade.

Multiple deployments have taken a toll not only on military personnel, but on their spouses, children and sometimes even on their extended families.

The US armed services try to take care of their own military families but there's a lot that slips through the cracks. That's where Operation Homefront California hopes to step in. This nonprofit military assistance organization is holding an open house for military families today at Miramar Mall.

“Our service members and their families sacrifice a great deal on behalf of America,” said Jack Chirrick, Executive Director, Operation Homefront- California. “There are more than 775,000 service members, family members, wounded warriors, and post 9/11 veterans in our state, and we believe that their commitment to us warrants our support if they are ever in need.”

The organization estimates it's provided more than $260,000 in aid to military families in California to cover costs such as food, rent, and auto repairs.

Chirrick hopes to raise awareness of the needs faced by military families during Wednesday's open house event, which runs from 5-7 p.m.

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CHUPACABRA | April 26, 2013 at 8:08 a.m. ― 3 years, 11 months ago

How's the Federally accredited veterans' services as Walter Reed or VA hospitals having their resources alloted to PTSD and other mental issue or return back to their normal, finding a new job so on? Is this just a logistics issue- where to establish the prime focus aiding those military returnees, as there're so many areas to be taken care of, bureaucratic hurdle or manifest budget shortage?

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