Veterans - Temecula Valley

Veterans in Education November 8, 2014 Event Photos

Veterans - Temecula Valley 9th Annual Event: 

Veterans in Education

Our program started November 8th, at 9:00 am, with the following sequence of events:

Welcome – Michael McCracken


Pledge of Allegiance – Michael McCracken


National Anthem: Miss. Celeste Butler, USC Thornton School of Music, Performing Artist


Invocation – Chief Hospital Corpsman (SW/AW/FMF) Kenneth Cook, USN (Ret.), Light of Faith Christian Center


Introductions –Michael McCracken - Acknowledge Dignitaries/VIP’s, Mayors


Outstanding Community Service Honoree Award Presentations, California State Department of Education Certificate of Appreciation and door prizes:


-  Hank Miklaski, Master Chief Petty Officer

    USN (Ret.)

- Isaac Ford Jr.  Master Gunnery Sergeant         

    USMC (Ret.)

- Wendy Sickora, Master Sergeant

    USMC (Ret.)


Key-note Speaker – Major Wilma Owens USMC


Presentation: Photograph, “Coming Home”


Recognition of Coordinators: Mrs. Sales McCracken and Perry Peters, Friends of Ronald Reagan SP

Closing Remarks – Michael McCracken


Colleges, Universities, and Organizations in Attendance:

Academy of Art University:


Azusa Pacific University - Murrieta: (Door Prize)


Kaplan University: (Door Prize)


The Pennsylvania State University:  (Door Prize)


Folds of Honor:


The W.A.V.E Project:


 Financial Resources:

Admiral Mike Boorda Loan Program:


AFCEA = Armed Forces Communications & AFCEA Educational Foundation Electronic Assoc. Ed. Foundation:


Free Federal Student Aid Information Center:

Department of Veterans Affairs – Education Benefits:

(a)        Choose a School

(b)        Apply for Benefits

(c)        Monthly Rates


The Daniel Drevnick Memorial Fund:


The DKF Veterans Assistance Foundation:


Military Warriors Support Foundation:


The Pat Tillman Foundation: 


The Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation:

California State Senator Joel Anderson’s Certificates of Recognition Honorees:


Captain Mark Brouker, USN (Ret.)

Major Wilma Owens, USMC 

Major Earl Winston, USMC (Ret.)

Captain Gerald Davis, USMC (Ret.)

Master Chief Eric Faulkner, USN(Ret.)

Master Chief Hank Miklaski, USN(Ret.)

Master Gunnery Sergeant Isaac Ford Jr., USMC(Ret.)

Master Sergeant Wendy Sickora,   USMC (Ret.)

Sergeant Charles Argusa, USMC


A special thanks to the following individual and organizations for their support with our annual event:


Azusa Pacific University – Murrieta:

San Joaquin Valley College – Temecula: 

The Legend Golf Club:

Famous Dave’s – Temecula:

Mrs. Nelda Argusa, “Coming Home”  




~ Founder/President’s Acknowledgements ~

On behalf of Veterans – Temecula Valley, I personally thank ALL of you for your outstanding support these  nine years, whether for assisting with logistics, helpful suggestions, promoting our annual events in writing and via word of mouth, financial support, and, yes, participating in our programs. Together, we gladly share our success with others not mentioned, in recognizing and honoring ALL veterans, past, present, and future - with your continued support!