Perez to be Guest Speaker at Friday’s Veterans Breakfast
SUN CITY PALM DESERT – Supervisor V. Manuel Perez will present an update on recent veterans’ initiatives he has championed and offer a peek at what’s ahead at the Riverside County Veterans’ Advisory Committee legislative breakfast at 9 a.m. Friday.
Veterans, their families and the general public are invited to attend this no host breakfast at Coco’s Bakery Restaurant near Sun City Palm Desert, 78-375 Varner Rd.
“Veterans have shown love of country and patriotic service above self,” said Supervisor V. Manuel Perez. “Just as veterans have answered the call to serve in the Armed Forces to be there for us, we need to be there for them. At a county level, and with veterans’ service organizations and military service organizations, I am proud we are working on many initiatives to enhance services for veterans and their families.”
In late 2017, Supervisor Perez and Supervisor Chuck Washington co-introduced the Veterans Improvement Program of Riverside County. Provisions include advocating for increased state funding to improve county veterans service officer staffing, expanding job and training opportunities for veterans, and studying veterans’ needs, via a survey that is currently under way.
The Board of Supervisors also supported the effort to make the Lake Cahuilla Veterans Regional Park the first park in the county park system named in honor of veterans. Newly dedicated park improvements include a seat wall memorial with dedication plaques, flagpoles displaying flags of each military branch, lighting and landscaping pathways.
“We are looking forward to having Supervisor V. Manuel Perez as our guest speaker,” said Grant Gautsche, director of Riverside County Department of Veterans’ Services. “I am very grateful for the outpouring of support that Supervisor Perez has shown for our veterans and for championing important policies for veterans’ employment preference, education and training; dedicating Lake Cahuilla as a veterans’ park; and his support in conducting a veterans’ needs survey for veterans in Riverside County.”
Reservations for Friday’s breakfast are not required. For questions, please call the Riverside County Department of Veterans’ Services at 951-955-3060.
Veterans seeking help with VA claims and medical services, obtaining records, and accessing their earned benefits including compensation, pension, medical care, education and housing should contact the Riverside County Department of Veterans’ Services. The Coachella Valley office is located in Indio, 44-199 Monroe St.