MONTEREY COUNTY >> The Veterans Transition Center of Monterey County is the recipient of a $20,000 grant from the Harden Foundation to provide direct, hands-on support and outreach services to homeless veterans.

The VTC has assisted more than 15,000 veterans since it opened in 1998, and currently has veterans from all eras in the program, with increasing support for a younger and more female group, with families.

“Many veterans come back from combat and downrange deployments as changed people,” said Terry Bare, executive director of the Veterans Transition Center. “VTC helps them overcome barriers, become self-sufficient, assimilate back into society, and realize a new future.”

Bare said the VTC of Monterey County is one of only three programs of its kind in the nation that accept veteran’s families.

“Community support, such as this important Harden Foundation grant, is vital to our success,” he said.

“The Harden Foundation has been a tremendous supporter of veterans, and of our VTC mission over the years,” Bare added. “This grant is highly significant to our success in serving these deserving patriots.”

Additional information about the Veterans Transition Center of Monterey County can be found online at www.vtcmonterey.org or by calling 883-8387.

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