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El Cajon to establish veterans commission
Donn Dunlap, Post 17 Adjutant and District 1 Adjutant is the lead

By Karen Pearlman San Diego Union Tribune, 5:43 p.m.March 12, 2013

EL CAJON — Veterans will soon have an official voice in El Cajon.

City Councilman Tony Ambrose on Tuesday afternoon asked city staff to establish a veteran’s commission, and the council unanimously approved the idea.

“Veteran issues have always been important to this City Council and are a key part of our community,” Ambrose wrote in a report. “There are any number of veteran-related issues, ceremonies, events and activities that occur within our city every year. I believe the city can and should be playing a bigger role in helping to coordinate these issues and activities.”

Ambrose is the lone veteran on the council, serving in the Navy during the Vietnam War era, though he said, “my unit was supposed to go, but we went in the other direction, to Europe.”

Ambrose said he wanted the city to model its committee for veterans on what is done in La Mesa. La Mesa has a nine-member Aging and Veterans Commission that meets the fourth Tuesday of each month. Ambrose suggested El Cajon’s commission meet quarterly and that the mayor appoint five members.

“This is something very important,” Mayor Mark Lewis said. “We have lots of things for them to get involved; we’ll have a lot of fun doing that.”

City Manager Doug Williford said staff would come back in a few more meetings with an official plan.

Ambrose also suggested that an annual Veterans Day event be celebrated at City Hall.

Donn Dunlap, a retired drill instructor at MCRD who retired from active duty in 1986, moved to Nebraska, then came back to El Cajon in 2009, said he was looking forward to veterans having a say in the city.

“Each one of the many veterans organizations in El Cajon can offer things to the city council when requested,” said Dunlap, 66, who is secretary for the local Amvets contingent and a member of the local VFW. “This is primarily to render assistance to the city for veterans’ issues and happenings.”

Dunlap said he hoped that the new group would meet at the Veterans Civic Memorial Association on Chambers Street.

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AMVETS Post 1775 Celebrates Veterans Day in San Diego

AMVETS Helping VeteransNovember 11, 2010 San Diego held it’s 24th annual Veterans Day Parade along Pacific Highway in downtown San Diego, this years theme was “Cold War Veterans”.

AMVETS District 1 Commander, George Little and VFW post 1774 Captain Jack Porath headed up the contingent from La Mesa AMVETS post 1775 and VFW post 1774. The weather was beautiful and the parade was well attended. Pictured are District 1 Commander George Little driving AMVETS member Bob Rambeau’s 1950 Willys Jeep along with WW II Veteran of the Pacific Island campaign Al Weaver, USMC.

AMVETS member Ronne Padilla donated his sound system for the day and played patriotic music for the parade attendees along the parade route. Roger Rotter from VFW post 1774 donated a trailer that was decorated with flags and AMVETS signs, and many members from AMVETS post 1775, VFW post 1774 and the VFW Ladies Aux from post 1774 rode along in it.

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flag day AMVETS Post 1775. George Little, Commander and incoming District 1 Commander, put a group together to Honor the Veterans in the La Mesa Cailifornia Flag day Parade June 5th 2010.

Post Member Ronne Padilla put his Karaoke system on the trailer and played patriotic music. Most of the people stood and saluted as we passed.

George Little also had a supporter passing out fliers invited the folks to join us at the post home and let people know that the AMVETS are way more than just a Thrift Store.




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