Served in Military for (2) two year. Forty two after my tour I was awarded Bronze, Purple Heart, Air Medal, CIB, National Defense Service Medal ,Republic Medal, Vietnam S of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal / 3 Bronze Service Star, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, Expert: M-16, M-14, Pistol Bar & Motor and attended Sniper School. Presented to me by U. S. Senator John Ensign.
- Member of "Honor Guard" at Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery
- Member of the Purple Heart Chapter 719
- Vice- Commander "VP"
- Northern Nevada State Veterans Home Director
Since 2017 became Founder of “Nevadans 4 Vets”.
Native Reno, Nevadan, Business owner and Co-Founder for “Nevadans 4 Vets” in 2017 and Director of Volunteers for Nevadans 4 Vets.
I recall immediately, was when I personally accepted a flag for 24 soldiers during the cross over ceremony at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley, who had no one to receive the flag for them. It was an honor, yet truly sorrowful moment.
Valerie is a retired educator, having served her community in Peoria Arizona as a teacher, Instructional Specialist and Principal. She also has over twenty years of management experience in Corporate America. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from The University of California at San Francisco and a Masters in Educational Technology from Arizona State University.
Originally from the Bay Area, I was Co-Chairman of the Pleasanton Military Families since its inception in 2003. This organization is a support group to those who have loved ones serving in the Military, organizing care package events 4 times a year to those serving overseas, homecomings for returning military on deployment and monthly meetings for families to update us on their loved ones.
I was also Team Member for "Sentinels of Freedom" an organization providing support for returning wounded veterans, mentoring them and helping them set goals and prepare them to enter the job market, continue their education and assisting them with housing and support as they return to civilian life.