Special Report: Veterans

Jacob's Story

Jacob LampeAfter losing his best friend in combat in Afghanistan, 23-year-old Marine Corps veteran Jacob Lampe returned to Orange County without employment, income, or a home. Struggling with grief and depression, Lampe distanced himself from friends and family for a year. A turning point came with his enrollment at Saddleback College. “As soon as I walked on campus, I was met by a veterans representative. He grabbed my hand and said, ‘We’re going to take care of you,’” Lampe recalls. In the Veterans Resource Center on campus, Lampe found space to find help, study hard—and, with the camaraderie and support of fellow veterans, breathe easier. After serving as a student leader of the Veterans Association on campus, Lampe will pursue a bachelor's degree in sociology.

Veterans Resource Centers in Orange County