The family and friends of Edwin Fuentes, the U.S. Army Veteran whose life was cut short on May 16, 2017, in Tustin when the police opened fire on him, are trying to raise money to pay for his funeral. Even though he served our country for six years the V.A. is not covering his funeral costs. Fuentes left behind his wife and a 1-year old son. Click here to donate to the effort. Continue reading
On May 16, 2017, at approximately 7:12 p.m., Tustin Police Department Officers responded to a call of a suicidal subject.
Officers contacted the subject, 24-year-old Edwin Fuentes, who served in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan and later struggled with PTSD, inside of a vehicle in the alley of an apartment complex located in the 16200 Block of Main St. in the City of Tustin, just south of the Santa Ana Zoo, according to the O.C. Register. Continue reading
A vacancy on the Orange County Veterans Advisory Committee has been filled by Marine Corp Veteran Mario Munoz, appointed by Supervisor Andrew Do. Munoz will represent the First District of Orange County on the committee.
Mario Munoz is a post-9/11 Veteran and Orange County native that served in both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He attended Santa Ana High School, Santa Ana College, and California State Dominguez Hills for Ecology and Environmental Science. Continue reading
Join us on Memorial Day to remember and thank the men and women who courageously fought for our freedom. At 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 29, more than 3,500 individuals will gather at the “From Sea to Shining Sea” Memorial Day service to pay tribute to fallen service members. The 25th annual event will include inspirational speeches from veterans, a performance of the National Anthem by Santa Margarita High freshman Isabelle Freeman, an honor guard, an aerial flyover of World War II-era planes by Memorial Flights, music by OC Sound and the Orange County Concert Band and a white dove release. Continue reading
The Godinez High School boys’ varsity soccer team will be presented with the Army National Guard National Ranking Trophy as part of the 12th annual MaxPreps Tour of Champions presented by the Army National Guard. Godinez finished No. 3 in the final rankings and is one of 10 boys’ varsity soccer teams that are being honored on this season’s tour. The presentation will be made during a lunch assembly.
This event is set for Friday, April 21, 2017, at 12:15 p.m. at the Cafeteria at Godinez High School, located at 3002 Centennial Rd., in Santa Ana. Participating in the event will be Godinez H.S. Athletic Director- Greg Coombs, Varsity Soccer Head Coach- Ruben Fernandez, MaxPreps Regional Representative- Josh Canales, and California Army National Guard Representative- SGT Marisa Danya. Continue reading
ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY NEWS RELEASE
Date: November 10, 2016
WHO: The Orange County District Attorney Public Administrator’s Office
WHAT: Honored 16 deceased veterans who passed away indigent in 2016. The office of the Public Administrator has unique powers to secure real and personal property until an eligible administrator is appointed. The Public Administrator protects the assets and manages the affairs of deceased residents of Orange County, who at the time of death left no known heirs, no will, no named executor, or an executor who is ineligible. The veterans listed below were issued certificates, signed by President Barack Obama, recognizing them for their service: Continue reading
The Orange County Cemetery District will host Memorial Day Services honoring veterans at all three of the District’s cemeteries; Anaheim Cemetery, El Toro Memorial Park and Santa Ana Cemetery.
The service will begin at 10:00 am at the Santa Ana Cemetery and 11:00 am at the Anaheim Cemetery and El Toro Memorial Park. Continue reading
Join Fairhaven Memorial Park on Memorial Day to reflect and thank the men and women who courageously fought for our freedom.
At 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 30, more than 3,500 individuals will gather at the “Honoring Our Heroes” Memorial Day service to pay tribute to fallen service members. Continue reading
A groundbreaking ceremony for the Heroes Hall at the OC Fair & Event Center is set for Wednesday, March 16, from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Costa Mesa Fair and Event Center, located at 88 Fair Drive, in Costa Mesa.
Approved by the OCFEC Board of Directors in 2014, this new exhibit will be available year-round and will focus on the personal stories of veterans and pay homage to the property’s Army airbase roots. The exhibit is expected to encompass more than 12,000 square feet with indoor/outdoor exhibit space. The former “Memorial Gardens” building will be relocated and repurposed as part of the overall exhibit which will also include memorabilia and tributes to California veterans. The expected completion date is Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2016. Continue reading
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, Representing California’s 46th Congressional District
STATEMENT, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 9, 2015
MEDIA CONTACT: Emily Morris, 202-225-2965, Emily.Morris@mail.house.gov
REP. LORETTA SANCHEZ HONORS CORPORAL TIBOR RUBIN’S LIFE AND SERVICE
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement about Corporal Tibor Rubin who passed away on December 5th.
“Garden Grove has lost a remarkably brave and distinguished veteran and Holocaust survivor, Corporal Tibor Rubin. Continue reading
GOODWILL® OF ORANGE COUNTY TO RECEIVE $100,000 FROM EDWARDS LIFESCIENCES FOUNDATION
Funds will Further Goodwill’s Efforts to Help Local Veterans
SANTA ANA, CA — December 1, 2015 – Goodwill of Orange County announced it will receive $100,000 from Edwards Lifesciences Foundation to support Goodwill’s Tierney Center for Veterans Services, a global approach to serving veterans and their families that helps find resources and services to meet and serve their unique needs, including housing, employment training and job placement, educational advancement, and wellness programs.
Edwards Lifesciences Foundation’s three-year investment will allow Goodwill to enhance the quality of life of veterans and their families living in Orange County by integrating Goodwill’s services with those of other veterans service providers in the community. Continue reading
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Joel Zlotnik, (714) 560-5713, Eric Carpenter (714) 560-5697
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Nov. 12, 2015
OCTA Honors Veterans in Annual Event
Nearly 10 percent of transportation agency’s workforce is made up of those who served in the military
ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority this week honored employees who have served in the military and employees with relatives currently serving during OCTA’s sixth annual Veterans Day Appreciation event.
OCTA employs more than 100 veterans from the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard, representing nearly 10 percent of the workforce. OCTA has been recognized by military organizations as a military-friendly employer for its efforts to actively recruit veterans. Continue reading
For Immediate Release
Career College of California Named to Victory Media’s 2016 Military Friendly® Schools List
Included in national list of Top 25 Vocational and Technical Schools for Veterans
SANTA ANA – Today, Career College of California has been designated a 2016 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds, and publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM Jobs SM and Military Spouse. The Military Friendly® Schools designation provides service members and their families with transparent, data driven ratings about post‐military education and career opportunities.
Institutions competed for the elite Military Friendly® School title by completing a survey of over 100 questions covering ten categories, including military support on campus, graduation and employment outcomes, and military spouse policies. Survey responses were scored against benchmarks across these key indicators of success. In addition, data was independently tested by EY (Ernst & Young) based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media with guidance from an independent Advisory Board of higher education and recruiting professionals. A full list of board members can be found at MilitaryFriendly.com/advisory‐board. Continue reading
For Immediate Release: October 13, 2015
Contact: Judy Iannaccone, Director, Public Affairs, (714) 480-7503, firstname.lastname@example.org
Santa Ana College Hosts Soldiers to Scholars Wine Tasting on November 5
Fundraiser Provides Services for Student Veterans
(Santa Ana, CA)— Stacy Palencia isn’t your average community college student.
At 29, she’s older than many of her classmates and her life experience is quite different. While many of them were attending high school, she was serving in the U.S. Navy in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. While at sea, she helped supply munitions for airborne missions. After returning to the U.S., she served shore duty for two years in Nevada and returned home to Orange County in 2012 with a back injury.
Now, in her second year at Santa Ana College (SAC), Palencia has worked hard to transition from active military service to civilian life. But, fortunately, she hasn’t had to make that transition alone. She said, “The SAC Veterans Resource Center (VRC) has been very helpful. It offers me and other veterans a quiet place to study, computers and printers to use, a book and graphic calculator loan program, academic counselling, help with financial aid and much, much more.” Continue reading
NEWS, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts: Lt. Jeff Hallock, 714.904.7042, JHallock@ocsd.org
ICE Public Affairs, 949.360.3096, Virginia.C.Kice@ice.dhs.gov
Investigators Seeking Additional Victims of Child Pornography Suspect
SANTA ANA, Calif. (October 8, 2015) – Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigators arrested an Irvine woman Wednesday who formerly held the title of “Mrs. Orange County” on state charges for producing and distributing child pornography. The investigation was initiated following information obtained from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).
Meghan Breanna Alt, 25, was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon in San Diego County by investigators assigned to the multi-agency Orange County Child Exploitation Task Force (OCCETF). Alt is suspected of using a 4-year-old family member to manufacture child pornography and electronically distribute it for financial gain and/or gifts. Continue reading