Author Archives: Jeff Jardine

Putting the “In Memory of” back into Memorial Day

The Northern California Veterans Cemetery rests on a hillcrest in the small community of Igo, near Redding. A row of U.S. flags greets visitors as they pass through the gates. With Mount Lassen offering a spectacular backdrop, the lawns are green and lush. Headstones stand in precise rows. Operated by the California Department of Veterans […]

Major John E. Cleckner left legacy of veteran advocacy in Northern California

REDDING – Retired Major John E. Cleckner, Sr., who matched his decorated career in Army Special Forces with a lifelong dedication in retirement to helping military veterans, died May 11 in Redding. He was 81. Cleckner served 22 years, two months in the Infantry, including tours of duty in Vietnam. He received a Purple Heart […]

Expo in Fresno to teach disabled veterans business owners how to get state and federal contracts

David Ruiz of Fresno served as a cryptologist aboard the USS Midway during the Iran hostage crisis of 1979-80. When he left the Navy years later, he realized that the words coming out of other people’s mouths seemed somewhat cryptic to him. Hearing loss will do that. “Tinnitus,” he said. He waited for years to […]

Torrance, Oceanside keep Armed Forces Day tradition marching on

In 1947, as life in the United States settled into the new normal following World War II, President Truman formally established the Department of Defense to oversee all branches of the military. At that time, each branch held its own appreciation day. Instead, in 1949 Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson unified these events into Armed […]

How to make the most of veterans services at the DMV

Do you want the veteran designation on your California driver’s license? What about a disabled veteran license plate for your car or truck? Here are some tips to easily navigate a trip to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV): HAVE YOUR PAPERWORK IN ORDER: Go to your local County Veteran Service Office (CVSO) to obtain […]