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Military & Veteran Services

In San Diego, our military is a huge part of our history, sense of community, and vibrant culture. We’re here to provide information, referrals, navigation, and ongoing care coordination for active-duty military, veterans, and their immediate families. We are honored to answer the Courage to Call network, San Diego’s peer-to-peer talk and chat line.

Courage to Call

Courage to Call is a free, confidential, helpline staffed by veterans and family members that provides peer advocacy to active-duty military personnel, veterans, reservists, guard members, and their families.

Courage to Call Peer Navigators are dedicated to helping you and your loved ones find the services and support you earned. They understand the rigors of the military and military family life, constant deployments, transitioning to civilian life and navigating veterans’ services.

Contact Courage to Call at 1-877-698-7838 or click the chat button below to speak with a peer navigator.

Chat is available Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
If you are calling from outside San Diego County, dial 1-877-698-7838.

How We Can Help

All Courage to Call Peer Navigators have been in the military and understand the rigors of serving and military family life. They can help you navigate the resources and services available to our military community. Direct services include:

  • Veteran Peer and Family Support
  • Access to military information & resources
  • Short Term Solution Focused Counseling
  • Food Distribution Information


Peer Navigators are trained experts equipped with the knowledge to process VA claims and provide comprehensive case management. In addition, they advocate for veterans and their families through proactive check-ins, follow-up assistance, program enrollment, and advocacy with the ultimate goal of getting you the services you need.

Courage to Call will advocate on behalf of the veteran and their family member by providing:

  • Referrals to vetted Veteran Claims Agents or Veteran Service Officers
  • Connections to rental assistance
  • Connections to supportive housing for homeless veterans and families
  • Referrals for landlord/tenant disputes
  • Referrals to education and employment resources
  • Referrals to older adults support and care
  • Referrals to long-term mental health services
  • Family member and caregiver support services

Who Does Courage to Call Serve?

Servicemembers, Veterans, and their Families
Courage the Call helps current and former service members and their families in San Diego County. We serve all active duty, veterans, reservists, guards of:

  • Any era
  • Any branch
  • Any discharge status
  • Any rank (current or former)
  • No limit to time served or elapsed since discharge
  • Any immediate family member


Courage to Call is also available to family members or loved ones who are concerned about the emotional health and well-being of a servicemember or veteran.

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Community Partners

Courage to Call can also help community organizations, agencies, or service providers looking to improve cultural awareness and understanding of individuals with a military or military family background. For more information email [email protected].

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Veteran Resources

The VA has FAQs on healthcare, appointments, benefit claims, and more.

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The VA also offers specialized hotlines:

Veterans Crisis Line: 800-273-TALK (8255), or Text: 838255
Combat Call Center: 877-WAR-VETS (927-8387)
Women Veterans Call Center: 855-VA-WOMEN (829-6636) Call or Text
National Call Center for Homeless Veterans: (877) 424-3838

If this is an emergency, please Dial 9-1-1.

Hidden Heroes provides a resource hub of information and support for military caregivers.

Our Partners

Courage to Call is led by Mental Health Systems in collaboration with 211 San Diego and Veterans Village of San Diego.
Funded by the County of San Diego HHSA Mental Health Services under the Mental Health Services Act.

Additional funding to support Military and Veteran specialty services and technology is granted by: