Archive for month: March, 2014


People I Have Met…

As I was planning Silhouettes for VETS, I underwent over 300 hours of research in order to understand the need for the services offered by my company.  Along the way I have talked with and met others who have the same passion for helping our Veterans as I do.

So, I would like to take a few lines of this blog to recognize those who have supported me through this process:

Colonel David Sutherland – The Dixon Center

Lt Cmdr Kimberly Mitchell – The Dixon Center

Linda Broughton and Lisa Anderson – The Salvation Army – Haven

Maurice Wilson, MCPO USN (Ret) – NVTSI

Joseph Chicas, Veterans Affairs Coordinator, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti

Amy Levin, MSW Ph.D, Department Chair/Professor, Department of Social Work, CSUN

Mark Stevens, Ph.D, Director and Psychologist, University Counseling Services, CSUN

All the folks at EDD

Kelly Logan, Veterans Advocate

Captain Olivia Chavez ABCO Technologies

And dozens of other Veteran Services Advocates and Organizations with whom I have consulted


Thank  you all for your support – we are all making a difference by working with our Veterans


Woman’s Veteran’s Symposium and Woman’s Veterans Breakfast

On Friday March, 21, 2014 I participated in the Woman’s Veteran Symposium in Carson CA.  The event was organized by Janel Watt who is an Army Veteran, an important part of the California EDD and Commissioner of Veteran’s Affairs for the City of Carson.

It is safe to say that there was an impressive turnout as there were over 150 in attendance including over 15 Veteran Service organizations including Silhouettes for VETS.  

The program was highlighted by the keynote speaker, Congresswoman Janice Hahn.  I was honored to spend a few minutes with the Congresswoman discussing how Silhouettes for VETS is a much needed service for our Veterans.

Mark Brenner, President and CEO Silhouettes for VETS pictured with Congresswoman Janice Hahn

My congratulations to Janel Watt for organizing this event.  The speakers were inspiring and the award ceremony was touching.

Mark Brenner, President and CEO Silhouettes for VETS pictured with Colonel Peggy Stratford
Mark Brenner, President and CEO Silhouettes for VETS pictured with Colonel Peggy Stratford

On March 14, 2014 I was invited to a Woman’s Veteran Breakfast at Patriotic Hall put on by the County of Los Angeles.  The support and enthusiasm that resonated through the room was exciting and inspiring.  Thank for to Colonel Peggy Stratford for your uplifting keynote address.

I am looking forward to continuing my service to events like this one.