April 11 at 1:00pm

Interfaith set to host veterans wellness fair at new Oceanside center

Active-duty and reserve military members, veterans and their families are invited to attend a Wellness and Resource Fair, sponsored by Veterans Assistance of San Diego, in partnership with the Veterans Association of North County.

Access to employment services, education and housing assistance, veterans health and benefits processing, veterans advocacy and wellness resources will be available at the event, which will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Veterans Association of North County, 1617 Mission Ave. in Oceanside. Admission is free.

The wellness fair is a kickoff event for the new partnership between Veterans Assistance of San Diego, a division of Interfaith Community Services, and Veterans Association of North County. VASD moved its operations from Interfaith’s Coastal Service Center to the Veterans Association building on April 1.

The event also serves as an open house for the partner programs sharing the building.

“It is geared toward the active-duty military, veterans, their families and dependents. It’s not just for veterans. Anybody can come,” said Dean Dauphinais, director of veterans services for Veterans Assistance of San Diego. “It’s also an opportunity for members of the public interested in what services are out there to come out and participate.”

Oceanside Deputy Mayor Jerry Kern is among the scheduled speakers. Some services will be available at the resource fair, noted Dauphinais.

“Hopefully some veterans and active-duty military will leave the event with strong leads on jobs,” he said.

For information on the Wellness and Resource Fair, call Rod Santulan at 760-529-9979.