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Services that support veterans are consistently in the crosshairs of political debates. Forced to bear the brunt of polarizing Washington, D.C. policies; veterans in San Diego County are left vulnerable. Chair Nathan Fletcher is taking action locally to deliver the supportive resources these communities deserve. Chair Fletcher, a U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran, testified before congressional committees on veteran housing programs, fought the Trump Administration’s efforts to privatize VA hospitals, and created new County positions to support veterans. 

News: Veterans

COUNTY TO LIGHT BUILDING AUGUST 25 & 30 TO HONOR ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE FALL OF KABUL

08/25/22

To honor the the Afghan residents and service members lost, and the Afghans left behind following the withdrawal of US and allied forces from Afghanistan, Chair Nathan Fletcher, at the request of the nonprofit AfghanEvac, has ensured the San Diego County Administration Center will be illuminated in the colors of blue, red and green on August 25 and 30 to honor the special relationship between Afghans and Americans.

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Rep. Mike Levin Introduces Legislation to Foster Veteran Entrepreneurship

04/06/22

U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) introduced legislation to foster veteran entrepreneurship by expanding veterans’ eligibility for the self-employment portion, or “track,” of the Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) program.

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Local lawmakers claim hundreds of millions for military, local projects

03/15/22

San Diego’s Congressional delegation and other lawmakers secured $107 million for local community projects and $127 million for local military and veteran projects as part of the massive federal spending bill federal lawmakers passed last week, officials announced.

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3 YEAR IMPACT REPORT RELEASED BY SUPERVISOR NATHAN FLETCHER’S OFFICE

12/21/21

Nathan Fletcher, Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, has released an interactive, multimedia “3 Year Impact Report” to highlight some of the progress that has taken place at the County since January 2019 when he began representing San Diego County’s 4th Supervisorial District.

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Deported Veterans Could Return to U.S. Under Proposed Law

11/10/21

If it passes and becomes law, the Veteran Deportation Prevention and Reform Act will pave the way for immigrant veterans to become U.S. citizens and open the door for vets who were already deported to return to the United States.

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Chair Nathan Fletcher & BOS Pass Policy to Expand Veterans Care Coordination Program

10/19/21

Chair Nathan Fletcher, a Marine combat veteran, today along with the rest of the Board of Supervisors voted to increase veterans’ accessibility to essential care coordination services when reentering the community after being incarcerated.

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Chamber Invites Business Community to take 'Time to Vaccinate' Pledge

08/03/21

Time To Vaccinate campaign asks businesses to grant time and flexibility to employees getting COVID vaccine.

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Opinion: Thousands of Veterans Have Been Deported. It’s Time to Bring Them Home.

07/30/21

Federal action is necessary. Fighting one case at a time is long, costly and leaves too many behind.

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San Diego County Counters Heat Waves with Free Fans and Rides to Cool Zones

07/29/21

Officials are preparing for summer heat with places for San Diegans to cool off.

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Chair Fletcher, Vice Chair Vargas, Federal & Local Leaders Commend Success of San Diego Convention Shelter Care for Unaccompanied Migrant Children

07/15/21

Chair Fletcher was joined by federal, regional, & local leaders to celebrate the success of the San Diego Convention Center in providing shelter for unaccompanied migrant children throughout the pandemic.

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Deported Veteran Advocate Nathan Fletcher Praises Biden Administration's New Policy

07/02/21

Nathan Fletcher, a U.S. Marine combat veteran and Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, praised President Joe Biden for his Administration’s plan to bring deported Military Veterans back to the United States. Fletcher has spent many years fighting for the rights of deported veterans.

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Adopted $7.23 Billion County Budget Supports Chair Nathan Fletcher's Framework for the Future

06/29/21

San Diego County’s unanimously adopted $7.23 billion Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Budget represents the new Board of Supervisors’ commitment to transform the County into a place that values fairness, equity and inclusion, and prioritizes community-centered policymaking.

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San Diego County supervisors approve $7.2B budget for 2021-2022 fiscal year

06/29/21

The budget includes money for programs aimed at reducing homelessness, environmental protection, governmental transparency and reforming the justice system.

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Supervisors Approve $7.2B County Budget with Increases for Mental Health, Environment

06/29/21

The Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday to approve a $7.2 billion fiscal year 2021-22 spending plan for San Diego County.

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Our Newly-Adopted $7.2 Billion Budget Includes A Larger Focus On Mental Health

06/29/21

NBC 7's coverage of our historic County Budget.

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VA Medical Center Trolley Station unveiled as part of $2 billion rail expansion

06/23/21

A Mid-Coast Trolley extension is slated to open for service in November, connecting downtown to UCSD and University City.

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Trolley Station near UCSD pays tribute to military members

06/23/21

A San Diego trolley station that was unveiled Wednesday near the VA Medical Center in La Jolla features a design that pays tribute to veterans and military members, who will have easier access to critical medical services.

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March and Ash Mission Valley Joins Local 135!

06/22/21

UFCW Local 135 would like to congratulate the cannabis workers at March and Ash’s flagship Mission Valley location on their decision to join the union!

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Board of Supervisors Approves the Creation of the Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs

06/09/21

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted (3-2) to approve the creation of the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA), paving the way for a more “Welcoming” County. The initiative, co-sponsored by Chair Nathan Fletcher and Vice Chair Nora Vargas, will establish an office that will become the County’s central hub of services and resources for immigrants and refugees.

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San Diego County, Mexican Consulate Partner On Cross-Border Vaccines

05/25/21

A coalition of six United States subsidiary companies and San Diego County public officials Tuesday sponsored a COVID-19 mobile clinic to vaccinate 10,000 maquiladora workers employed in Baja California, Mexico.

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California county to consider establishing office to help immigrants using taxpayer money

05/12/21

San Diego County’s proximity to Mexico is one of the primary reasons behind a proposed publicly-supported Office of Immigration and Refugee Affairs. In a statement, San Diego County supervisors Nora Vargas and Nathan Fletcher emphasized the need for this office.

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DoD Cancels Border Wall Contracts Using Military Funds

04/30/21

San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher applauded the Biden administration's move.

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Supervisors Approve Resolution Condemning Anti-Asian Racism

04/07/21

During a Tuesday meeting that ran until 11:30 p.m. due to a packed agenda, supervisors voted unanimously in favor of the proposal, put forth by board Chairman Nathan Fletcher and Vice Chairwoman Nora Vargas.

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Five Policies Chair Fletcher Introduced Were Passed at Tuesday’s Board Meeting

04/06/21

Five policies Chair Nathan Fletcher introduced or co-docketed during Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting were supported during a marathon meeting that was still going after 10 p.m. The policies passed will address homelessness, the environment, behavioral health and support the event industry and denounce hate against the Asian and Pacific Islander community.

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County and Mexican Consulate Partner for New Testing Access Strategy for Latinos in San Diego

09/11/20

A comprehensive Latino community testing outreach strategy was announced today by Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, Carlos González Gutiérrez, Consul General of Mexico in San Diego, Nancy Maldonado, Executive Director of Chicano Federation, and Barbara Jimenez, General Manager of the Central and South regions of the County Health and Human Services Agency to further expand testing access for Latino residents and other communities hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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