Family & Community Project

In the future, WAHA hopes to pursue interviews not only with veterans from the CSUSM campus, but also with veterans in the southern California region, their families, and other community members (teachers, business leaders, defense contractors, community service agents) impacted by war.

The potential for this future project is rich.  In 2012, San Diego County was home to the largest population in the nation—nearly 30,000—of returning veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Historically, the region has deep ties to both the military and defense industry.  The area’s culture, economy, landscape, politics, and urban development have long been impacted by the military presence.  Currently San Diego hosts sixteen major military installations and numerous businesses and organizations that support military operations and personnel.  Once again, San Diego County and its surrouding regions are being redefined by profound demographic, economic and social changes that are a consequence of the significant numbers of veterans and their families living in San Diego.

This future project hopes to provide a fuller understanding of military service, military families, and the communities in which they live and work.  In this respect, the project aims to enhance the public’s understanding of California’s cultures, peoples, and histories by contributing to the yet-to-be-written history of these wars and how they impact diverse communities in the United States.

The Family and Community Project is important because it intends to raise awareness about the 21st century veteran’s experience, but also to provide a deeper understanding of how the community is defined by that experience.  The history of war is not merely the story of warriors, but it is a story of their familiesand communities.

At the right is a sample of the kind of collective interviews focusing on family that we hope to do.