San Diego County Supervisors vote to explore expanding benefits to deported veterans in Tijuana

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego County supervisors agreed Tuesday to explore the creation of an office in Tijuana to provide assistance to veterans who have been deported to Mexico.

By a 4-0 vote, with Supervisor Kristin Gaspar absent, the Board of Supervisors directed the county’s chief administrative office to research the feasibility of opening a Vet Connect station in Tijuana. CAO Helen Robbins- Meyer is expected to report back to the board within 90 days.

The county Vet Connect program offers benefit counseling, along with information on public and housing assistance, Veterans Administration care, state veterans homes and employment.

A Vet Connect station in Tijuana would allow veterans to access the military benefits they are due after deportation, according to the county.

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, who proposed the expansion, said the move would help right the wrongs done to immigrant veterans who served in the nation’s military.

Following the vote, Supervisor Fletcher released the following statement:

“No one who was willing to give their life for our country, should ever be deported. While the County of San Diego can’t fix the federal government’s unjust actions, we can move to help improve the condition of our deported veterans. Extending the Vet Connect Program will help our veterans access the benefits they earned while defending our country.”  

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