San Diego County is home to more than 110,700 active-duty service members and 240,000 veterans, making it one of the largest concentrations of military personnel in the country. San Diego is the home to 118,300 family members, which represents 7.6 percent of San Diego County’s total population.  An estimated 60.7 percent (71,759) of military families in San Diego County are children. Incidence of divorce and child abuse among military families is considerably higher than the general population.  Many veterans struggle with mental health issues and nearly 1,000 are experiencing homelessness, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Rotary District 5340 has always had a strong and proud relationship with the local military community. Given the large presence of active duty, reserve, veteran and retired personnel and their families in our midst, it is only natural that as a service organization we would embrace them. Rotary can be found promoting local military events, building, and improving facilities on installations, conducting food drives for families, and supporting a wide array of events in the area.

DMCC Mission Statement

The District Military Coordination Committee (DMCC) has been established with the purpose of coordinating, supporting, and aiding the San Diego Military community, encompassing active duty personnel, retirees, veterans, and their families. The DMCC will provide a centralized clearinghouse for District 5340 Rotary club sponsored projects and events impacting the local military community. This clearinghouse will serve to document projects, incentivize expanded activities, provide a model for others to emulate, and offer volunteer opportunities for other clubs in the District.

Beyond the immediate military community, the DMCC extends its assistance to veterans and organizations dedicated to supporting veterans, families, and survivors. A key objective is to heighten awareness within the civilian community regarding the specific needs, issues, and events affecting veterans.

By coordinating upcoming, ongoing events and resources our goal is to create partnerships with community and business leaders, as well as collaborate with other organizations and government departments. By leveraging the collective strength of the community, our aim is to provide unwavering support to veterans facing challenges and address their needs effectively.