About

The San Francisco Veterans Equity Center (VEC) is a multi-service center located in the South of Market designed to provide linguistically competent and culturally appropriate services for low-income individuals, families, and seniors.

Our Mission

“The San Francisco Veterans Equity Center honors the valuable contribution of Filipino American WWII Veterans to freedom and democracy; provides culturally and linguistically appropriate services and advocates for JUSTICE and EQUITY.”

To understand more about why we do what we do, refer to our Filipino Veterans WWII History page; it documents the injustice that Filipino Veterans saw during that time and why we are trying to correct past wrongs.

Our History

Under the Immigration and Naturalization Reform Act of 1990, more than 100,000 Filipino Veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces, in the Far East from 1939 to 1946, became eligible for naturalization. A little over 60,000 of these veterans immigrated to the United States and became U. S. Citizens. These veterans did not qualify for Veterans Benefits, and the majority of them became dependent on Supplemental Security Income (SSI), soup kitchens, and the support of volunteers.In 1998, service providers, individual members of the community and a number of Filipino World War II Veterans started the Veterans Equity Center Task Force. The task force was comprised of individuals with years of experience in providing services to minority seniors and Filipino World War II Veterans. There was a high need for housing, case management, counseling, legal assistance, health services – just to mention a few. Rooted on community strength approach in service delivery, the task force developed the “one-stop-shop” system of care service delivery that stabilizes and bridges the gap between the existing services in the community and veteran population in need of services.VEC finally opened its doors to the public on December 1, 1999. The VEC has provided services to over 2,500 veterans residing in San Francisco and neighboring counties.

Funders

The Veterans Equity Center is funded by the Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS), Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD), South of Market Community Stabilization Fund, San Francisco Food Bank, Arthritis Foundation, Wells Fargo Bank, and individual donors.

VEC Brochure

For volunteer inquiries or more information how you can support VEC, please click here.

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