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Nonprofit for vulnerable veterans to open San Bernardino headquarters

By in Press Enterprise on December 8, 2017

By Brian Whitehead

Stacy Sanchez, founder of Veterans Wellness Services, reckons in the past nine years he and his team of caregivers have assisted more than 1,500 veterans over 600,000 hours.

Friday, the Marine Corps vet brings his nonprofit to San Bernardino.

Sanchez, who served from 1989 to 1997, is opening a headquarters for Veterans Wellness Services at 2039 N. D Street. Already with successful centers in Los Angeles County, the 46-year-old said he hopes to serve about 200 local vets in his first year here.

“And those 200 vets, we’ll serve them on a continual basis for the rest of their life,” Sanchez added. “It’s not just a one-time thing.”

  • Stacy Sanchez, left, founder of Veterans Wellness Services, partners with other local nonprofits assisting vulnerable veterans. (Photo courtesy of Veterans Wellness Services)

  • Veterans Wellness Services, a nonprofit offering personal care to veterans, opens its San Bernardino headquarters Friday, Dec. 8. The building is at 2039 N. D St. (Photo by Brian Whitehead, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

    Veterans Wellness Services, a nonprofit offering personal care to veterans, opens its San Bernardino headquarters Friday, Dec. 8. The building is at 2039 N. D St. (Photo by Brian Whitehead, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

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Veterans Wellness Services provides in-home care to those who served. Among the personal services, caregivers cook for them, clean for them, remind them to take their medications.

Also, they connect veterans with counseling and housing resources.

Companionship, Sanchez said, the nonprofit offers above all.

“I served in the Marine Corps, my brother served in the Navy, my father was in the Army, both my grandfathers, Army,” Sanchez said. “We saw something needed to happen when vets returned home.”

San Bernardino Councilman Benito Barrios, a Marine Corps vet, will say a few words at Friday’s 11 a.m. grand opening.

Sanchez, of Rossmoor, […]    

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