Military Transition Support Project

Members of the MTSP Operations Committee in February 2014

The Military Transition Support Project (MTSP) was an unprecedented year-long collaboration among San Diego's military, government agencies, elected officials, nonprofits, businesses, and philanthropic institutions to develop a comprehensive plan to better coordinate community resources for veterans, and to connect those resources to service members as early as possible in the transition from active duty to civilian status.

Funded primarily by Blue Shield of California Foundation, with additional support from WebMD Health Foundation and Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, MTSP was guided by four key objectives:

  • Develop a framework and strategic plan for a transformed transition experience. Convene systems and nonprofit collaboratives to coordinate services that holistically support service members and their families as they transition from active duty to civilian life.
  • Identify an ongoing strategy for transition support service coordination.  Identify a network hub to ensure the model’s implementation and propose how the model can be sustainably funded.
  • Convene the community. Convene the community to review and refine the emerging framework and strategic plan.
  • Share the process with other communities. Document the framework and plan’s development and share with regions across the nation.

The resulting MTSP Community Plan was unveiled during a public convening on Feb. 18, 2014, and an additional year was spent securing the initial implementation funding as well as a Memorandum of Understanding with Navy Region Southwest to gain access to transitioning service members during their federally mandated transition classes.

In January 2015, a new nonprofit organization called zero8hundred opened its doors and began making the MTSP Community Plan a reality.

    About zero8hundred

    zero8hundred connects service members and spouses who attend federally mandated transition classes at Navy Region Southwest and the U.S. Coast Guard station in San Diego with experienced “navigators” who provide ongoing support to families, proactively ensuring they receive any needed services six months prior and 12 months after transition. Also central to zero8hundred is a free, public website that provides information on military transition services and resources specific to the San Diego region and vetted through a close partnership with 2-1-1 San Diego.

    MTSP Funders

    MTSP Operations Committee

    MTSP Supporters

    • U.S. Congresswoman Susan Davis, 53rd District
    • U.S. Congressman Scott Peters, 52nd District
    • California State Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, 78th District
    • California State Assemblymember Rocky Chávez, 76th District
    • San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts, District 3