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
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
City of Santa Ana
SANTA ANA – OneOC, in collaboration with the City of Santa Ana, the County of Orange, and various veterans organizations, will be hosting “Stand UP for Veterans”, an event that offers free services to veterans, at the Santa Ana Stadium on Thursday, April 20, 2017, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
The “Stand UP for Veterans” program, originally inspired by the military term “Stand Down”, provides an opportunity for veterans to achieve a brief respite from the streets and immediately access needed services. Veterans will assemble in a base camp model that will include showers, meals, clothing, hygiene care kits, medical and legal advice, and veteran benefit information, employment services, in a safe and supportive environment including veteran peer navigators. Continue reading
City of Santa Ana
The City of Santa Ana is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded seventy-five (75) vouchers for homeless veterans to the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Ana. This supportive housing assistance is provided through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program which combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by the VA. 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
GOODWILL OF ORANGE COUNTY AWARDED $25,000 GRANT FROM BANK OF AMERICA TO SERVE O.C. VETERANS
Funds will further Goodwill’s Tierney Center for Veteran Services, resources for vets and their families, including job placement and housing assistance
SANTA ANA, Calif. — June 16, 2016 – Goodwill of Orange County announced today it has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to invest in its Thomas T. & Elizabeth C. Tierney Center for Veteran Services, Orange County’s new all-in-one resource for veterans living in Orange County and their families.
This grant by Bank of America will allow Goodwill to expand its comprehensive approach to serving local warriors and their families and conduct outreach to reach more of the local veteran population. The funds also help fulfill a $1.6 million one-to-one grant match with America’s Warrior Partnership (AWP), a national organization that seeks to unite community-based organizations to collaborate for an improved network of resources for veterans. The remaining dollars to fulfill the AWP grant match are funded by Goodwill through its successful social enterprise model. 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
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
City of Santa Ana, Downtown Orange County
In honor of the remarkable contributions that veterans have made to our country, the American Legion Post 131 and students from Heroes Elementary will be hosting a monthly flag raising ceremony, tomorrow Thursday, September 17 at 7:45 am.
The ceremony will last approximately 15-20 minutes and will honor veterans each third Thursday of the month. The flag raising ceremony will take place in front of the Santa Ana Public Library, at the flag pole located near the corner of Ross and Civic Center Drive. Everyone is invited to attend and recognize our local veterans. Continue reading
The Santa Ana Zoo is hosting a Veteran’s Day Celebration on November 11, 2015. Doors will open at 10:00 a.m.
The ceremony will start at 11:00 a.m. The Zoo will close at dusk.
This unique event is to honor people who have served in the U.S Armed Forces. Admission is free for Veterans and their immediate families. Barbeque and free rides on the zoo’s train and carousel will be provided during the day. Continue reading