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Offers a wide range of programs deed specifically to address the unique needs of veterans. The U. The VA of Greater Los Angeles is hosting a series of connect days to provide crucial services to ensure no man or woman who has served our Country is sleeping on the streets of Los Angeles or in a shelter with their family. Antonio served in the Marine Corps for eight years and stationed at numerous duty stations.
During his two year tour in Iwakuni, Japan - Antonio was involved, and later elected President, in Latino Unidos a non-profit organization that assisted military and civilian communities on and off Base. He transferred to California State University, Los Angeles and thereafter began working for a non-profit, mental health focus. Antonio continues to work for the non-profit and currently serving homeless Veterans. Antonio, to further his professional career and personal growth attended University of Southern California. Antonio stays active by playing sports, volunteering, traveling and is a Los Angeles Dodgers fan.
He is currently the chairman for the National Veterans Foundation. In addition Dave Culmer is a county veteran service officer for the American Legion. Fred A. Berman from to He was a community outreach counselor with New Directions for Youth from to At 17, enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served honorably from to A graduate of the Valley Leadership Institute.
In , Fred A. Joe Leal is the leading organizer of many events to help Veterans in all capacities. Our combined mission is to end and prevent Veteran homelessness. Vet Hunters members have extensive Military experience, training, dedication to duty and selfless service. In , he founded Vet Hunters Project VHP , a nonprofit organization headquartered in El Monte that is dedicated to preventing and ending homelessness among Veterans and their Families.
VHP provides Veterans with necessities such as food, clothing, funds and blankets. VHP is a Search, Educate and rescue operation — a team of volunteer veterans search for homeless Veterans on the streets, under bridges, alleys, riverbed and abandoned buildings. When the team finds a homeless veteran, it provides the necessary supplies. Currently, Mr. He proudly offers his services to all branches of services on a daily basis. Leal is currently at 23 years of combined Military and Federal service to our Nation.
Under Mr. Leals leadership, VHP continues its path to success by raising awareness about homeless Veterans to the public. The event provides services for over Veterans their Families yearly. VHP team members also completed two major bike rides in which we searched and rescued homeless Veterans: a 1,mile trek from East Los Angeles to St.
Louis and a yet another successful 3,mile bike trek from Los Angeles to Washington, D. She retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel after 26 years of combined active duty and reserve service. During her employment, she was instrumental in implementing programs, funds and resources for women veterans. During her time at the Veterans Hospital, she also served as one of the initial board members during the formation of U. To highlight a few, Commendation form President George W. She recently received a letter of commendation from immediate Past VA secretary Robert McDonald for serving on the Center for Minority Veterans National committee for serving Marcel enlisted in the U.
Navy while still in high school. Marcel then enlisted in and then in the U. Air Force Reserve where he served from — He retired with 21 years of total service in December with the rank of Senior Master Sergeant E His military service took him to every continent in the world including numerous deployments in support of regional conflicts, humanitarian relief efforts, and the War on Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan. His last deployment was a six-month tour to Germany to support surge operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Marcel began his professional career as a federal employee in Marcel has worked as an electronics technician, quality assurance specialist, program manager, and a mission support supervisor.
The California Contract Cities Association is the second largest local government association in California and serves 74 member cities in Los Angeles County and beyond. Marcel voluntarily reed his elected seat in the middle of his second term to avoid any potential conflicts of interest once he took over as Executive Director. He is an Army Vietnam veteran who completed two tours flying helicopters with the Army in Vietnam. Tom flew over helicopter missions and accumulated over hours in his flying career of which were combat flying hours.
He also had a tour as military liaison in the Governors Los Angeles Office. California Chapter of the Army Aviation Association. Julian H. Military occupational specialties include: human resource, quartermaster, transportation, ordnance and multifunctional logistics. In he was recruited by Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard to develop a proactive assistance program for veterans in the district.
Elizalde was exposed first hand to some of the critical issues veterans and their families were facing at the time. As he discharged his duties as case worker, and became all too familiar with the red tape and challenges veterans had to contend with, he knew that he had found his next mission in life. After two years with Congresswoman Roybal-Allard he was extended the opportunity to be a staff member for Congresswoman Grace Napolitano and was given the title of Veterans and Military Liaison.
This new asment gave Mr. Elizalde the opportunity to learn more about the transition from soldier to civilian life that our troops experience. The goal was to process hundreds of claims on a given day, followed by timely follow up on pending claims with the VA.
He persuaded the VA to provide the necessary manpower in order to process claims, invited the Long Beach VA Hospital, Vet Center Mental Health and other Veteran Service Organizations to participate in this one day event with the result being one of expediting claims and enrolling hundreds veterans into the VA System. Elizalde is working with the California National Guard and Reserve Units to create a model program for transitioning out of military to civilian life, in order to ensure that soldiers being discharged from the military are well-prepared to face the challenges they will encounter as they become civilians once again.
Elizalde believes that there is no greater honor than to serve our country and flag. Also a writer, working on two novels at the present time. His duties as the Local Veteran Employment Representative LVER were to primarily conduct outreach to employers and engage in advocacy efforts with hiring executives to increase employment opportunities for veterans, encourage the hiring of disabled veterans, and generally assist veterans to gain and retain employment. LVERs are in tune with meeting the specific needs of veterans, particularly veterans with barriers to employment, and become thoroughly familiar with the full range of job development services and training programs available at the State Workforce Agency One-Stop Career Centers and Department of Veterans' Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program locations.
Working with METRO has allowed the Commissioner the flexibility and latitude to assist incoming veterans with leveraging those skills, knowledge, and attributes to showcase those military experiences. In addition, his office assists with the selection and onboarding process.
They are the channel for Veteran job-seekers to leverage enhancement, workshops, military occupational specialty MOS translation, and application process. Michael McDowell currently serves as the Executive Director for The Soldiers Project headquartered in North Hollywood, CA where the organization has honorably served thousands of veterans and family members throughout the country.
A retired Marine officer, McDowell served as a field artillery and civil affairs officer from January to August and held numerous platoon, battery, and battalion-level commands before his departure from active duty service. He has extensive professional and academic training in organizational leadership, operational planning, and strategy development.
Ed, His scalable vision of building long-term and sustainable concept, incorporates mutually supportive community partnerships within the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Administration GLAVA , LADMH, and other non-governmental NGO nonprofit service partners offering lasting reductions in homelessness, unemployment, and unresolved legal issues associated with post-traumatic stress, moral injury and the symptoms of depression related to their military service.
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