In January 2014, a cross-sector collaborative of more than 100 San Diego County public, private and military community leaders and organizations formed Zero8Hundred, as a fiscally sponsored military/veteran support organization.
This coalition recognized the need for a coordinated cross-system effort to address the challenges that transitioning post 9/11 active-duty military servicemembers, spouses and recent veterans were facing. These obstacles included specifically, but not limited to:
Unemployment and Under-Employment
Lack of Affordable Housing
Physical, Psychological and Emotional Injuries
Confusion or Disorientation as a Civilian
To succeed post-service, our transitioning servicemembers and spouses often need support in establishing post-service goals that are ambitious but attainable. They also require assistance in identifying and connecting to the resources and services best-suited to help them attain their goals.
Zero8Hundred provides this assistance by matching transitioning personnel 1:1 with a military-connected (veteran or military spouse) counselor – referred to as a Peer Navigators – who comes alongside them to help identify their unique needs and then connects them to those organizations and resources available to meet those needs anywhere in San Diego, Riverside, Imperial or Orange counties.
Since becoming a nationally recognized independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization in January 2019, Zero8Hundred has proactively linked over 4,500 transitioning servicemembers and their spouses to a broad range of community resources and opportunities to best support their employment, education, basic needs, health and well-being, and social/community connections. Our #1 objective is to ease our veterans' transition to civilian life.