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Southwest Riverside County veterans honored

 

Last updated 5/11/2018 at 3:26pm



TEMECULA - Several Riverside County residents were recipients of California State Senator Jeff Stone’s 2018 Veteran’s Service Awards, which honor veterans not only for their service, but also for the contributions they’ve made to their communities.

Stone picked a total of 10 recipients for the award, five in Southwest Riverside County and another five in the Coachella Valley region. The Southwest Riverside County residents will be honored during a ceremony later this month in Wildomar.

“We had a record number of nominations and it was quite a challenge to select the 10 recipients this year,” Stone said in a statement. “While I believe everyone who serves honorably in our military is worthy of special recognition, after reviewing the applications with the veterans who serve on my staff, these are the veterans who were selected for this year’s awards.”

The following Southwest Riverside County residents were honored:

Darci Castillejos

Military Service

US Navy Chief Petty Officer (retired) -- 1994 - 2016 -- Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan

Community Service

Past Chairman and current 1st Vice-Chair Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce

Past president, Current Treasure Menifee Valley Community Cupboard

Past Vice-President Menifee Valley Incorporation Committee

Past Member Menifee General Plan Advisory Committee

Past President Menifee Valley Middle School PTSA

Past Chairman The Forum, coordinating volunteer activated at March ARB

President Menifee Chamber Military Affairs Committee

Donald E. Krampe

Military Service

Sgt. U.S. Marine Corps, 1950- 1952 -- Korean War Veteran

Community Service

Co-founder Murrieta Veterans Memorial committee

Founder and Commandant #1057 Marine Corp League

Volunteer at Murrieta Senior Center providing information for Veterans

Served on Riverside County Department of Veterans Affairs committee

Founder and Organizer of Murrieta Patriot's Day

Paul W. Bishop

Military Service

Lt. Colonel, USMC (retired) 1973-1993 -- Operation Bear Hunt, Operation Team Spirit, participated in rescue of merchant ship "Mayaguez."

Community Service

Initiated Marine JROTC program at Eisenhower HS in Rialto

Initiated Navy JROTC program at Pacifica HS in Garden Grove

In 2000 initiated and still runs the Navy JROTC program at Chaparral HS in Temecula

Coordinated "Trees for Troops" and "Meals for Troops" during the holidays

Member of Congressman Issa's Academy Selection Panel

Arthur Allen

Military Service

Master Gunnery Sgt. USMC - 1986 - 2016 -- Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom

Community Service

Active member Temecula Valley VFW Post 4089

City of Menifee Department of Community Services

Volunteer Docent for Marine Corps Recruit Depot Museum Foundation

At-large member Veteran's Advisory Committee Riverside County

Volunteered at 2nd Annual North San Diego County Homeless Veterans Stand Down

Inland Valley Habitat for Humanity

Coordinated VFW 4089 effort at "Home For Our Troops" Key Ceremony

KJ Leibee

Military Service

U.S. Army 1969-1970 -- Vietnam War Veteran

Community Service

Co-founded "All from the Heart" -- based in Temecula -- which assists veterans and military families across the region

Organizes events for veterans, including Christmas party for Camp Pendleton families

Co-founded "Wheels for Warriors" which has provided almost 450 wheel chairs to veterans in need

Supports combat veterans through his work with Veteran Equine Therapy

Member Veterans Wellness Advisory Board thru VA and Loma Linda.

 

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