California Senator Jeff Stone encourages veterans group and others to nominate worthy individuals for his annual 2018 Veterans Service Awards. The deadline to submit nominations is Apr. 20.
The awards are given annually to 10 military veterans from the 28th Senate District who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help their fellow veterans and members of the community.
Senator Stone will present the awards in late May at separate ceremonies held in southwest Riverside County and the Coachella Valley.
“We owe our veterans a debt that can never be repaid,” said Senator Stone. “This award is just a small token of our thanks and appreciation for what they have done, not only during their time in uniform but after they returned home.”
Veterans groups, such as American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts, are encouraged to nominate a member of their organization for the award. Individuals can also nominate worthy veterans.
Award recipients must work or live in the 28th District, which is entirely in Riverside County and includes the cities of Blythe, Canyon Lake, Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Indio, Lake Elsinore, La Quinta, Murrieta, Temecula, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage and Wildomar.
Once the nominations are received, Senator Stone will get together with the veterans on his staff and will select the 10 award winners for this year.
There are 1.7 million veterans in California, more than any other state. Riverside County has 129,000 veterans. Links to federal, state, county and local veteran services are posted on Senator Stone’s website.
Applications and more information are available at senate.ca.gov/stone and by calling the Senator Stone’s office at 951-894-3530.