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Interested in learning more about veterans issues?

We have staff available for speaking engagements, interviews, community education opportunities, and op-ed articles.

Veteran issues can be complex and difficult to understand. Our staff, many of whom are veterans themselves, have a deep understanding of the issues facing veterans.

Our subject matter experts can provide an informed position on:

  • Veteran homelessness and housing
  • Employment barriers for veterans
  • Mental health – traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress
  • Women veterans
  • Policy issues affecting veterans and their families
  • Veterans’ eligibility to access services (varies on discharge status)
  • VA benefits & healthcare

In our dual role as a service provider and advocate, we have a long track record of success helping veterans to lead stable and healthy lives. Swords to Plowshares is recognized for our expert leadership and continued dedication to improving the systems of care that our veterans rely on.

Please direct all inquiries to our Communications team at [email protected] or 415-252-4787.


Media coverage

4 biggest issues facing next Veterans Affairs secretary (1-2-17)

Sharing the streets of San Francisco, from near and far (12-19-16)

San Francisco looks for ways to fund supportive housing for homeless (12-18-16)

The Many Small Victories of the #Fairness4Vets Coalition in 2016 (12-16-16)

ABC7’S Beyond the Headlines with Cheryl Jennings: Veterans in the Bay Area (12-13-16)

Homeless vet slept under Oakland overpass, now in his own studio (11-30-16)

Parades for our veterans are nice — jobs are better: Why former servicewomen in particular face so many employment hurdles (11-11-16)

SF Needs More Landlords to Rent to Homeless Veterans (11-10-16)

Michael Blecker Talks Help for Veterans on KTVU News (11-7-16)

Attorney Training Helps Veterans Who Are Suffering (Oct. 2016)

Legion testimony addresses Commission on Care recommendations (9-15-16)

Lawmakers urge defense bill to help less-than-honorable discharges (9-13-16)

‘Choice,’ privatization will dismantle VA’s system of care (7-15-16)

Swords to Plowshares on KPIX’s “Bay Area Focus” (7-14-16)

It’s time to get real about San Francisco’s homeless problem (6-29-16)

Underserved Veterans (4-12-16)

Benefits being denied to veterans (3-31-16)

VA Is Denying Benefits To Vets With Bad Paper Discharges At Unprecedented Rates, Report Finds (3-30-16)

Report Finds Sharp Increase in Veterans Denied V.A. Benefits (3-30-16)

The push to restore health benefits to thousands of veterans (3-30-16)

Report: VA unfairly denied services to 125K post-9/11 veterans (3-30-16)

Grappling with homelessness, BART station by BART station (3-24-16)

Veteran Suicides: What Might Have Saved Them? (2-5-16)

Some military discharges mean no benefits after service ends (12-24-15)

Trans health fair welcomes new organizations to event (12-17-15)

A San Francisco War Vet Speaks Out about Veterans Day (11-11-15)

Bay Area Focus: Swords to Plowshares (10-25-15)

Ousted as Gay, Aging Veterans Are Battling Again for Honorable Discharges (9-6-15)

Advocating for Veterans Before Senate (8-3-15)

Michael Blecker Talks Veterans On “Today’s World” (6-22-15)

Bay Area Vietnam Veterans, 40 Years After the War (5-5-15)

Mayor Lee Says San Francisco On Track To End Veteran Homelessness This Year (4-22-15)

Study: Former troops at high risk for suicide (4-10-15)

Off the U.S. Military On the Road (2-25-15)

Is Money Raised by Bay Area Charity Really Going to Help Homeless Veterans? (2-4-15)

Ex-Troops With Highest Suicide Risk Often Don’t Qualify For Medical Care (4-1-15)

Some California Cities See End in Sight for Veteran Homelessness (3-23-15)

Season of Sharing: New Home Marks New Start for SF Veterans (12-25-14)

S.F. supports, but can’t house, vets (11-9-14)

Veteran: A Word That Means a Lot, And More Than You Think (11-11-14)


Press Releases

Swords to Plowshares Supporters Raise Over $460,000 for Bay Area Veterans (11-11-16)

Swords to Plowshares Hosts Training Conference for Dual-State Veteran Employment Collaborative (10-21-16)

Swords to Plowshares Hosts Veteran Employment Strategy Summit (9-29-16)

Emily Aldridge Named Bill Brockett Pro Bono Attorney of the Year for Her Service to Veterans (9-23-16)

Swords Announces Veteran Employment Collaborative Grantees (7-13-16)

Craig Newmark Joins Swords to Plowshares’ Advisory Board (11-30-15)

Swords to Plowshares’ 19th Annual Veterans Day Dinner to Honor Local Heroes (11-10-15)

Swords to Plowshares, PeerWell Enter Partnership to Help Transitioning Veterans (10-30-15)

Allan Jergesen Named Bill Brockett Pro Bono Attorney of the Year for His Service to Veterans (9-18-15)

Swords to Plowshares and Chinatown Community Development Center to House Veterans, Families in Mission Bay (9-15-15)

Swords to Plowshares to Host Art Show Honoring Women Veterans (6-4-15)

Swords to Plowshares and Universal Pictures to Host Special Screening of Jurassic World to Benefit Veterans (5-12-15)

Swords to Plowshares to Host Pane at Litquake of Women Veteran Authors (10-10-14)

Swords to Plowshares Receives $8.1 Million in New Grant Funds to End Veteran Homelessness by 2017 (10-2-14)

Bill Brockett Award Goes to Chris Carlberg for His Service to Swords (9-24-14)

Swords to Plowshares Associate Wins Local & National Awards; Set to Speak at 20th Anniversary Celebration (9-8-14)

Swords to Plowshares and Brave New Films to Launch Petition to Protect Veterans From Unjust Military Discharges (5-8-14)


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