Statement: “San Diego is home to the nation’s largest number of veterans returning from wartime duty,” County Supervisor Bill Horn said during his Feb. 2 State of the County address.
Analysis: Among a litany of other ongoing projects, Horn emphasized better serving the county’s newest veterans in his speech. He touted a county-funded hotline where returning veterans can talk about mental health problems like post-traumatic stress disorder and a new coalition of service providers that plan to hold seminars for vets this spring.
To emphasize the importance of those efforts, Horn said San Diego County has more veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan than any other in the nation. And in fact, that comparison is accurate.
At least 28,666 veterans from the two conflicts lived in San Diego County as of Feb. 15, the most recent count by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The next highest county, Los Angeles, had at least 17,470.