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San Francisco unveils new 311 service for veterans

The city and a veterans' group have launched a new program aimed at helping veterans in the city get assistance.

The Veterans 311 program unites the city with the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, a large nonprofit organization for veterans of the two conflicts, to provide veterans with access to services such as jobs, education, housing and social services, according to CBS San Francisco. Mayor Gavin Newsom announced the new service at the conclusion of San Francisco's Fleet Week celebrations.

"Military veterans and their families make tremendous sacrifices for all of us, and we owe them as much help as possible in transitioning out of military service and into a fulfilling civilian life here at home," Newsom said in a prepared statement.

The new program will be a one-stop shop for veterans, combining services from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, federal, state and local governments, as well as local nonprofit organizations that assists veterans, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

The Veterans 311 program emerged from existing 311 models developed by the city for the San Francisco Unified School District and for public housing. It can be reached by calling 311 or by visiting www.sf311.org.