H-SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY

Aug 25, 2013 6:32 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Veterans Outreach team helps veterans readjust to life after service

The San Luis Obispo County Veterans Outreach team is dedicated to providing free events to local veterans, and on Sunday, that's just what they did.

45 local military veterans and their families enjoyed the day horseback riding around San Luis Obispo County.

The outreach team is part of San Luis Obispo County Behavioral Health Services. They put on similar events year-round as a thank you to veterans for their service and sacrifice.

"What we do is bring together our veteran population and their family members, and we offer these opportunities to do something social and active, as well as inform them and engage them with the services available in the community," said Gabriel Granados, a Prevention and Early Intervention Specialist with San Luis Obispo County Behavioral Health.

Local businesses sponsor the group and help them cover the costs of the outreach events.

"We have 25,000 military and veteran families in San Luis Obispo County, so the better we're able to serve them, to build a stronger community with the support we get form our organizations and businesses reaching out to us, it strengthens what San Luis Obispo is," said Granados.

In the past, the outreach team has organized climbing, surfing, kayaking, and ziplining events.

In October, they're planning on getting a group of veterans to participate in the Mud Mash in Laguna Lake.

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