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Veterans housed together in San Diego County jail

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VISTA, Calif. (AP) — A cell block painted red, white and blue has been reserved for U.S. military veterans at a San Diego County jail under a new program initiated by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

U-T San Diego says the goal of the Veterans Moving Forward program is to encourage camaraderie and keep veterans from returning to jail by helping them gain job skills, find housing and undergo treatment for mental illness.

Vista Jail Capt. Erika Frierson says the 32 inmate veterans who moved into the special housing unit Nov. 1 had applied for the privilege and agreed to take special classes.

The jail was chosen as the first in the county to offer the program because of its location near the Camp Pendleton Marine base and large percentage of military inmates.

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Information from: U-T San Diego, http://www.utsandiego.com

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