Easter Seals of Southern California

Bob Hope Veterans Support Program

WorkFirst Military and Veterans Services

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What We Do

Building off of the success of the WorkFirst model, our Bob Hope Veterans Support Program provides one-on-one employment services, as well as referrals to other resources, to meet the unique needs of military personnel and veterans transitioning out of the military into a civilian job or starting their own small business.

The objective is to help veterans and their family members successfully return back into communities and pursue healthy, productive lives. We also provide this service to spouses/registered domestic partners of veterans.*

The program was launched in 2014 with a generous seed grant from The Bob Hope Legacy to begin serving veterans in San Diego County.

Hundreds of successful outcomes in the first two years lead to an expansion of the program to Orange County. The Bob Hope Legacy continues to support the program and its goals to support more veterans to gain meaningful employment by increasing coverage in both counties currently served and extending services to Los Angeles County.

This service is free to veterans.  Veterans do not need to have a disability to use this service.

Read about our 300th employed veteran

Learn about our clients visit with Bob Hope's grandaughter Miranda Hope in San Diego

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Download our Bob Hope Veterans Support Program brochure.

How We Do It

The Bob Hope Veterans Support Program offers:

  • Individually tailored one-on-one support to determine interests, skills, desires and goals
  • Assistance translating military experience and skills into language employers understand
  • Motivation and inspiration to gain confidence
  • Assistance tailoring resumes to specific employment opportunities
  • Training to enhance communication  and interviewing skills
  • Tools to develop networking skills
  • Links to a network of employers
  • A “foot-in-the-door” with potential employers

Who Is Eligible

Service Members & Veterans must:   

  • Be a post September 11, 2001 veteran transitioning from active or reserve duty
  • Intend to work in the San Diego or Orange County areas
  • Have an Honorable, General, and Other-Than-Honorable discharge

*Note: Spouses and registered domestic partners qualify only if their veteran has a disability and cannot work.

Who We Have Helped

Read about our Stories of Success.

In addition

  • We work to educate employers about the benefits veterans bring to the workplace through Easterseals Operation Employ Veterans Program.  Operation Employ Veterans is an interactive program designed for potential employers.  It increases awareness of the talents, skills, and benefits veterans bring to the workplace.
  • We provide other support and connections through local area 2-1-1 services and Easterseals Community OneSource Program.   Easterseals Community OneSource Program provides veterans and their families nationwide with referrals on a variety of topics or needs such as, benefits information, caregiver resources, education, financial assistance resources, legal aid, housing, child care, counseling and more.