Retired Teacher and Veteran Appointed to County Veterans’ Committee
PALM DESERT – Steven Waggoner, a retired educator and veteran active in many veterans’ organizations, will serve as Supervisor V. Manuel Perez’s appointee to the Riverside County Veterans’ Advisory Committee.
Waggoner’s appointment was approved unanimously, 5-0, by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.
“Mr. Waggoner is well respected for his decades of involvement and leadership in local veterans’ organizations,” said Supervisor V. Manuel Perez. “He’s an exemplary person who has given back in many ways. We are fortunate he brings outstanding personal attributes and experience to help service members and veterans as the Fourth District representative on the county veterans’ committee.”
Waggoner, 68, served in the U.S. Navy from 1968 to 1971, which included duty in Vietnam. With help from the GI Bill, he attended Pepperdine University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in business and public management. He received a teaching credential at California State University, San Bernardino and a Master of Education degree from Azusa Pacific College. Waggoner taught in the Coachella Valley Unified School District from 1976 to 2010.
For the past 10 years, Waggoner has been elected and has served as commander of the American Legion Herman Granados Post 739 in Indio. From 2013-2014, he served as commander of the American Legion District 21, which spans all the posts in Riverside County. In addition, he is active in the Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the East Valley Veterans Ceremonial Committee.
Waggoner resides in Indio with wife, Bertha, and their two children.
“It is an honor to be appointed to the Veterans’ Advisory Committee for Riverside County,” said Steven Waggoner. “It is important that our elected officials understand the needs of the community for which they serve. Veterans are a large part of our community, and I will work hard for them and their families.”
The Riverside County Veterans’ Advisory Committee was established by the Board of Supervisors in 1979 to keep the Board apprised of the needs of veterans in Riverside County. The committee helps unify veterans’ organizations, promotes events pertaining to veterans, and serves as a support group for the Riverside National Cemetery. The committee holds several meetings and legislative breakfasts each year.