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I heard from many of my friends who attended. They
really like the way the food line was conducted, with
people directing them to areas so they could get their
food. Even with the long line, I didn’t hear any
complaints, and heard only good things about the food.
People also really like the transportation vans from
Building 500 (the main hospital building) to the event.
The vans arrived with not too many people, so the
wristband line went fairly quickly. It was great to
finally have the Sea Cadets form two lines to steer
people to the gift bags too.
I hear untold numbers of comments regarding the very
kind, helpful and smiling people who assisted in any way
they could with whatever needed to be done. As the
sister of a Vietnam Veteran, I really appreciated the
comments from the person who made them. I tried to
greet our Vietnam Vets with a smile, handshake and an
expression of thanks for their service and the usual
“Welcome Home” which I say to all of them if at all
As a first-timer, I was so honored to be a part of
something that I know everyone looks forward to and
enjoys to the fullest. And I hope to continue for many
years to come!
Thanks to all for your kindness to a “newbie” whose
enthusiasm and care for Veterans knows no boundaries.
Every one of you Rock!! And you rocked the hearts of
all of our Heroes and their families !!
Proudly serving our Nation’s most deserving Heroes,
Julie Stranges, Lead Volunteer
VA GLA Sepulveda Campus
Voluntary Service Office
"Hello! My name is James S. Jacobs and I just want to
tell you that me and my fellow veterans had a time of of
life! That was an indelible moment in-which I'll cherish
until the end of time. It was very well organized,
professional and with a great deal of diligence. I
savored every bite of food, because it was very well
prepared and left a good taste in my mouth for the rest
of that evening!!!!! The entertainment very sensitive
and really, really nice!! I enjoyed all of the
festivities and was so pleased with how great of a time
I had throughout the day!!!! The band had so many people
up dancing, clapping, smiling and just having a great
time... At times I got a bit teary eyed, but being a
Marine, I had to play it off, but in the end you just
can't hold back true emotions, no matter how hard you
try!!! God bless everyone who contributed to this
outstanding event!!!! And I wish everyone well in all of
their endeavor's AMEN!!!!!!!...."
James S. Jacobs, United States Marine
Listen to a voicemail from Vietnam Veteran - Edward
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I am a Vietnam War veteran and I
have had a very hard life since Vietnam so when you folks put together an event
like the Veterans' Holiday Celebration for us, it really is appreciated. We
appreciate it a lot more than you can imagine. The food was great and delicious!
When Jim Belushi and Dan Aykroyd and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa performed, I was
so happy because they are three of my favorite people in the world. I am 60
years old and 100% service-connected for PTSD and other medical problems and
because there isn't much that makes me very happy these days, seeing these guys
and all that you and the wonderful volunteers that helped put this event
together, well, that makes me extremely grateful to be an American and proud to
have served in United States Army fighting for our free land.
Thank you and God bless you all in all ways always!
Joaquin Ticonderoga, Sr.
December 5, 2010 will be my fourth attendance of the Veterans Holiday
Celebration. I am a veteran, served in the US Navy during the Vietnam era, as an
illustrator draftsman. I look forward to this event each year. I leave with the
experience of having a great time, the entertainment, Jim Belushi & the Band and
his generosity, Bella Donna, and the food is wonderful. As a veteran, I am so
appreciative to all who have made this event possible. Bravo to you all.
As always, thank you for this annual gift.
Phyllis Miller, Service Officer/Project Coordinator
American Legion Post #322