On Nov. 11, 2016, Veterans Day Operation Confidence hosted "A Tribute To our Disabled Veteran Disabled Veterans" honoring veterans of World War 11, Korean War Vietnam, Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan era.
The black-tie/red carpet event was held in the Queen Salon Ballroom from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Deputy Reyes presented Governor Jerry Brown Veterans Day Proclamation.
The event honored disabled veterans of: World War ll, Korean War, Vietnam, Gulf, Iraq and the Afghanistan era, create social awareness about homelessness among “disabled veterans” in Los Angeles, and shared about the urgent need to provide stable accessible permanent housing for Operation Confidence Workforce Development/ Job Training-Employment Center and Residential Housing for disabled veterans building fund.
Ricardo Reyes, was appointed deputy secretary of minority veterans at the California Department of Veterans Affairs. Reyes has been a veteran employment coordinator at Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO and the United Way of Greater Los Angeles since 2014. He was political coordinator at SEIU-United Long Term Care Workers from 2011 to 2014, a member of the California Mexican American Veterans’ Memorial Beautification Committee from 2012 to 2014 and administrative assistant at the TELACU Education Foundation’s Veterans Upward Bound from 2010 to 2011. Reyes was director of military outreach at the Veterans Project from 2009 to 2010 and consultant at the Brave New Foundation and Brave New Films from 2008 to 2009. Reyes served as an infantry rifleman in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2000 to 2008 and as a cavalry scout in the California Army National Guard from 1998 to 1999. Reyes is a member of the Jobs to Move America Coalition Steering Committee and the American Legion Los Angeles County Council Board of Directors. He earned a certificate in Executive and Management Development from the University of California, Los Angeles Anderson School of Management.
On May 31, 2013, Major General (Retired) Mock was selected by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel as the National Chair for the Employer Support of Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The ESGR National Chair is an official Department of Defense position that carries a three-year term and the protocol status of a military four-star flag or general officer. Major General Mock provides leadership and vision for a team of more than 4, 500 dedicated volunteers spanning all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Major General Mock, a retired Lieutenant with Los Angeles Police Department, has extensive service with military members and their families through work with the Association of the United States Army, Fisher House Foundation and the Military Child Education Coalition.
USBank, Union Bank, State Controller Betty Yee, City of Los Angeles Controller Ron Galperin, City, and County of Los Angeles, Norberto Nardi, world-renowned architect, Marlene Granderson, Granderson Holding, Chaplain Brenda Threatt, Former Exec. Dir. USVETS-Long Beach, Rev. Andy Bales, Union Rescue Mission, Captain Larry Vasquez, Veterans Affairs Mayors Office, The Congressional Medal of Honors Society, Military Order of Purple Heart, VFW, Navy Rear Admiral Sandy Adams, Brig. General Ruth Wong, Exec. Dir. Los Angeles County Military and Veterans Affairs, Major Gen. Paul Mock, CalVet, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), California Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Rehabilitation, Los Angeles Country Department of Mental Health, USC Veterans Collaborative, UCLA Veterans Resource Center, CSUN Veterans Resource Center, The Soldiers Project, Military Women in Need , South LA Health Project-WIC, Los Angeles Department of Mental Health-Adult System of Care Center, Los Angeles Rescue Mission, VA Hospital, New Directions, Vietnam Veterans of America, Southwest Veterans Business Resource Center, Lions Club Eye Screening Mobil Van, PV Jobs, US Vets, Los Angeles Sheriff Explorer Scouts, City of Los Angeles Work Source Center, City of Hope, Salvation Army, Fremont High School JROTC, East Los Angeles High School JROTC, Jackie Robinson Post, West Valley Military Academy, Commission on Disability Access, California InterContinental University, FBI, DEA, Montford Point Marine Association, Disability Rights Legal Center, EDD-Veterans Employment, AM Vets, Bob Hope USO, GLAD, MTA Access Board, Air National Guard’s, National Women Army Corps, Vet to Vet, National Women Veterans Association of America, City of Los Angeles Department on Disability, Disabled Veterans of America, War Chamber of Commerce, Porter Ranch Chamber of Commerce, Northridge Chamber of Commerce. Los Angeles Art Institute.
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