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Mid-Year Recap 2018

It is the work of fantastic volunteers, organization partnerships, and civic-minded professionals that has allowed us to achieve great milestones in the first six months of 2018.   We are a small virtual group and rely heavily on volunteers and support from the community. We wanted to share with you what we have accomplished, so far.


SJSU Pizza & Benefits Lunch – a monthly eat and greet with military-affiliated students to connect and find pain points in their academic journey.  We were able to share and educate them on resources and benefits available to them.  We helped 8 students with our Self-Help Resource Finder and secured an intern (veteran dependent) to help with our social media content.


Military Appreciation Day – SJ Giants – In partnership with Operation Care & Comfort, we distributed more than 300 free games tickets to military members and their families.


Military Appreciate Day – Scout-O-Rama – We offered free tickets for this annual “trade show” of Scouting.  It allowed everyone to be a scout for a day.  A fantastic event for families with children looking to explore the Scouting world.


 San Jose Vet Center Support (SJVC), Picnic at the Park – In collaboration with West San Jose Kiwanis Club, KAV, Henry’s HiLife, and Whole Foods, 130 SJVC veteran clients, their families, and volunteers enjoyed a BBQ lunch.


Memorial Day, Oak Hill Memorial Home & Funeral Park –Throughout the day, we spoke to families visiting their loved ones, to veterans remembering their comrades, and shared information on benefits they qualify for and resources available to them.  We shared stories and memories while sitting on bales of hay eating free hot dogs.


Hosted Volunteer Information Assemblies – We appreciate these civic-minded individuals and professionals who attended and asked pointed questions on how they can help our veterans transition into their best civilian lives.  We are more grateful that a few of you have decided to join our organization to help us grow.

Resource Session, Gilroy Yamato Hot Springs – Connected with the hot springs visitors and shared information on local and government veteran resources.

Approved for Benevity Causes – It connects our cause to corporate giving, matching, and volunteering programs.  Our current volunteers are now able to approach the companies they work for to match their volunteer hours or donations.  It has allowed Apple Matching Funds to provide us with a needed service at the cost of $350 in the form of an employee’s time.

Fundraising – After presenting our cause to the Rotary Club of Milpitas and with a recommendation from Denny Weisgerber (Board Member Emeritus), they have decided to sponsor us with a fundraiser scheduled for October 2018.

Partnership –– Created a relationship with Second Harvest Food Bank to distribute each other’s literature and card racks during events we host to increase outreach and awareness to the public.  Our Founder, Neil Lichtman has memberships with Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA).

Employment Opportunity – We were able to provide 48 instead of the requested 30 interviewees for an Apple Mixer event.  Visit our weekly career/opportunity posting to see if you can find the right career that fits your lifestyle.

The rest of the year is ahead of us.  We look forward to serving our military family and collaborating with community and local resources.  Join us on our journey to help our service members and their families transition into their best civilian lives.


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Honoring Our Fallen Heroes

Memorial Day, the commemoration of men and women lost in battle, is just around the corner.  Many events are taking place to honor them; where you will find service members honoring their comrades and Gold Star families who sit in reflection as they remember that fateful day they received the news.  As we stand to honor our fallen heroes, also remember their families that made the sacrifice.

The weekend is chock full of ceremonies and events honoring our heroes and making the day special for the families left behind.

Local Cemeteries & Memorial Parks

California Vietnam Vets Memorial
1255-1289 15th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Reading of the Names:  May 27 @ 7:00 a.m.
The names, branches of service, and hometown of 5,673 individuals engraved on the memorial wall will be read by the Vietnam Vets of America (VVA) Chapter 500.

Oak Hill Memorial Park
300 Curtner Ave
San Jose, CA 95125
Ceremony:  May 28 @ 10:00 a.m.
Service for Japanese Americans, memorial for Civil War and Spanish-American War descendants, Vietnam Veterans remembrance.  On display:  3 tanks, Korean War fighter jet, WWI-era classic cars, Huey helicopter (fly and land at 11 am), veterans’ resource fair, free hot dogs.

 Santa Clara Veterans Memorial (Central Park)
909 Keily Blvd.
Santa Clara, CA 95051
Ceremony:  May 28 @ 3:00 p.m.
Gunnery Sergeant Denny Weisgerber (Korean War Vet) is scheduled to speak, a wreath-laying ceremony and a performance by Cupertino’s Symphonic Band

Los Gatos Memorial Park
2255 Los Gatos Almaden Road
Los Gatos, Ca 95124
Ceremony:  May 28 @ 11:00 a.m.
The unveiling of the bronze eagle by three Pearl Harbor survivors, a performance by the 50-piece San Jose Metropolitan Band, free coffee, donuts, hot dogs, sodas.

Mountain View Veterans Memorial
Eagle Park, 650 Franklin Street
Mountain View, CA
Ceremony:  May 28 @ 11:00 a.m.
Wreath-laying ceremony, raising of the flag, laying red paper poppies

Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery and Calvary Catholic Cemetery
22555 Cristo Rey Drive
Los Altos, CA 94024
Ceremony:  May 28 @ 10:30 a.m.
Featuring: National Anthem, Prayer, Speeches, Lowering of the Flag, Taps, Moment of Silence, Tribute Wall, and Mass in honor of our heroes. Tributes and Masses held outdoors. Chairs and shade tents provided. Please allow time to park.

San Francisco National Cemetery
1 Lincoln Boulevard
Presidio of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94129
For information please contact Golden Gate National Cemetery (650) 589-7737
Ceremony: May 28 at 10:30 a.m.
Parade starts at 10:30 am at the Main Post.  Click here for Ceremony Details
Parade, formal program, 21-gun salute, classic cars

For events in other national cemeteries, visit the National Cemetery Administration

Memorial Day Weekend Activities
May 26-28

Great America – Free Admission for all active or retired military members.  Fireworks show on Sunday at 9:45 pm.

May 27

Golden Gate Park Band Concert (Music Concourse) – Admission is free. special Memorial Day musical salute at 1:00 pm

Off-the-Grid’s Picnic at the Presidio (the Main Parade Ground) – Admission is free:  11:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Cultural dance performance, 25 international food choices, music, lawn games, bike safety classes, yoga, crafts for kids.

USS San Francisco Memorial Ceremony – Admission is Free. Ceremony at 11:30 am.  The USS San Francisco (CA-38) participated in almost every Pacific battle from Pearl Harbor to the end of WWII, earning 17 battle stars.

May 28

Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 45– Submarine “Lost Boat” Ceremony aboard the USS Pampanito starts at 10:00 am.  Admission:  the ceremony is free and open to the public.  It never hurts to ask if they offer a military discount for a tour of the submarine.

USS Hornet (707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3, Alameda 94501)- Memorial Day Ceremony 11:00 am, followed by a wreath toss off the Fantail.  Tours are available:  $20 for adults, $15 for adults with Military I.D., and $10 for youth age 7-17 (age 6 and under are free with paying adult). Free for veterans.

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