Thank You to All Who Joined Us for this Special Event.
U.S.VETS held the fourth annual SALUTE, a special event to honor those who make a positive impact in the lives of veterans, on November 9 at the Beverly Hilton.
This year, U.S.VETS presented the Judge Harry Pregerson Public Service Award to Governor Pete Wilson and Bank of America. The award, which was created in 2013 in commemoration of U.S.VETS’ 20th anniversary, honors individuals, foundations and corporations who make outstanding contributions to the veteran community and who exhibit the highest standards of excellence, dedication and accomplishment.
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This year’s Raise the Paddle auction raised over
for crucial veteran services.
U.S.VETS provides housing, counseling, employment, and more to over 3,200 veterans and their family members every day.
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This special event, which occurs near Veterans Day each year, is held to recognize those who have worn the uniform of the country as well as those who strive to improve the lives of veterans and their families. With nearly 40,000 veterans living on the streets in America, U.S.VETS cannot tackle the challenge alone. Support from community leaders and corporate partners is crucial to the success of our mission.
“This is my 20th year with U.S.VETS and it has been the greatest privilege of my life to be able to do this work,”said Steve Peck, President and CEO. “U.S.VETS has gained a reputation for innovative services and hard work. We focus today on the same thing we focused on when we began in 1993 – serving each and every veteran we encounter with dignity, and with the know-how we have developed over our years of service.”
“When I left the Marine Corps in half a century ago homelessness among veterans was not an issue,” said Governor Pete Wilson, before urging everyone in the room to support U.S.VETS’ mission by contributing during the Raise the Paddle auction. “I hope you will join me in supporting the men and women who have served our nation.”
Jeff Cathey, Senior Military Affairs Executive for Bank of America, who accepted the award on their behalf, spoke of the ongoing commitment to service members, veterans and their families. “We feel it is our civic duty to provide for veterans. We don’t see them as victims or heroes, but talented and highly trained men and women who add value to our communities.”
The highlight of this year’s event were the heartfelt remarks by two U.S.VETS clients, Joe Hayward and Shari Williamson, who shared their stories and encouraged guests to contribute so that more veterans like themselves could get the help they need through U.S.VETS programs.
The evening was a great success, and U.S.VETS would like to express our appreciation to all those who attended or made a contribution. We look forward to seeing you again at next year’s event!
Kaiser Foundation Hospitals Community Benefit
RSM US LLC
American Association of Ad Agencies
Heffernan Insurance Brokers
Kennedy Wilson Charitable Foundation
Mike Roos and Company
Southern California Edison Co.
Friends of Veterans
Coachella Valley Housing Coalition
O’Melveny & Myers, LLP
Steve & Kristine Peck
Ricoh Business Systems
County of Los Angeles Supervisor Hilda Solis
Special Thank You
About Judge Harry Pregerson
Judge Harry Pregerson (U.S. 9th Circuit) served as 1st Lieutenant in the Marine Corps from 1944 to 1946 and fought in the South Pacific, where he was severely wounded in the battle of Okinawa.
In 1992, determined to find a solution to the growing problem of veteran homelessness in Los Angeles, he formed the first board of directors for what would become U.S.VETS. Judge Pregerson has dedicated much of his life to helping underserved members of society, using his influence and considerable persuasive powers as a staunch advocate for the homeless – particularly veterans and families.
Previous winners of the Judge Harry Pregerson Public Service Award are: Admiral Mike Mullen, 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (2015), Call of Duty Endowment (2015), John A. Pérez, Speaker Emeritus for the California State Assembly (2014), The Home Depot Foundation (2014), and Congresswoman Maxine Waters (2013).