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WITH MUCH
GRATITUDE.

When our collaborative partners and community leaders take the time to recognize our efforts, we feel like we are on the right track and truly making a difference.  Even more so, we genuinely value the opportunity to let others know how much we appreciate the work they do to support our warriors in the community.  Here we capture some of the awards and recognitions we have given and earned to showcase good deeds to help warriors live stronger lives.

 

AWARDS & 

RECOGNTION.

We believe that it is our duty to recognize those among us, partners and community supporters, who believe in our mission and commit to help it become impactful and change lives.  Along the way, others recognize our efforts as well.  We simply appreciate being considered as doers in the arena.  

VETERAN VANGUARD STARS.

Veterans of the Year

 
Holly Shaffner
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Chris Yates
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Tony Teravainen
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Robert Muth
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Our Veteran Vanguard Star Award is given each year to veterans within our community who are making a difference.  Each award recipient is also nominated for the coveted County of San Diego Veteran of the Year award.  Those who have achieved that honor are recognized below as well.

2020 - Holly Shaffner, U. S. Coast Guard for outstanding efforts with Honor Flight San Diego

2019 - Chris Yates, U. S. Marine Corps for outstanding efforts with The American Legion

2018 - Tony Teravainen, U. S. Navy for outstanding efforts with Support the Enlisted Project

           Also selected as San Diego County Veteran of the Year

2017 - Robert Muth, U. S. Marine Corps for outstanding efforts with University of San Diego

           Also selected as San Diego County Veteran of the Year

The Us4Warriors Team also has several board members who have received the honor of selection as San Diego County Veterans of the Year.  It is within those ranks that this award and selection process was sparked to recognize others in our community:  Ron Stark, Board Member, SDCVOY 2012 and Anthony Stewart, CEO/Co-founder, SDCVOY 2012. 

MIGHTY WARRIOR HEARTS.

Volunteers of the Year

 
Volunteers of the Year 2020
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Volunteer of the Year 2019
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Volunteers of the Year 2018
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Volunteer of the Year 2017
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Each year, we recognize remarkable members of the Warrior Volunteer Force who have met the challenge of supporting the Us4Warriors mission. These volunteers have risen above to bring their Mighty Warrior Spirit to those in need.  These volunteers have truly made a difference for many!  We appreciate them all and celebrate their hard work and dedication.  We look to them as models for what can be when hearts, determination and a solid mission are aligned.  We thank them all for their continues service! 

2020 - Active Duty:  AT2 Kelsey Van Rhee, USN

             Veteran:  Sanjeeta Thomas (U. S. Navy) & Rod Rodriguez (U. S. Marine Corps)

             Community Supporters:  James Reddy & Lola Rodriguez

2019 - Active Duty:  HM1 Daniel Prude, USN & AE1 Cristine Civil-Chvala, USN

            Veteran:  Christopher Ramirez (U. S. Navy)

            Community Supporter:  Ashley Lewis

2018 - Active Duty:  HM1 Charles Toylor, USN & AT2 John Mitchell, USN

            Veteran:  Danny Shaffstall (U. S. Navy)

            Community Supporters:  Stephanie Taylor & Ashley Mitchell

2017 - Active Duty:  AO1 Matthew Farotte, USN

            Veteran:  John Preiss (U. S. Marine Corps)

            Community Supporter:  Robert Morey

2016 - Active Duty:  BM2 Dominique Maisonet, USN & AO2 Corey Gadsen, USN

            Community Supporter:  Bobby Erdmann

 

TEAM COMMUNITY KUDOS.

Recognition from the Community

Chula Vista Community Service Award 2019
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San Diego Veterans Non-Profit 2016
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San Diego County Veterans Allegiance Award
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U.S. Congressional Sub-Committee of Veterans Hunger
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Beloved Manny Otero Jr.
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City of Chula Vista Champions
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The 7 Secrets of Neuron Leadership
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Forgotten Hero Movie
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Cox Gig-a-blast Award
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Us4Warriors Co-Founders
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We thank all who have taken the time to recognize our hard work, dedication and team spirit to help warriors and their families live stronger lives.

2021

2020

  • Specific mention as organization in hearing of U.S. Congressional Sub-Committee on Veterans Hunger.

  • Special appreciation of U.S. Census Bureau as member of Community Partnership & Engagement Program.

  • Selected as HomeServe USA "Caring for Community" COVID-19 relief focused program for Food4Warriors Program.

  • Us4Warriors Team recognized as Chula Vista Community Champions by City of Chula Vista.

  • Food4Warriors Program Manager, Danny Shaffstall, selected as U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs "Veteran of the Day".

  • Us4Warriors & Board Member Al Lejarde showcased in "San Diegans Stepping Up During COVID-19" by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

  • Warrior Volunteer Force Team Leader, Christopher Lytle chosen as Military Warrior of the Month (February) by Talk with Brett Radio Show.

  • Warrior Volunteer Force Team Leader, Daniel Prude chosen as Military Warrior of the Month (January) by Talk with Brett Radio Show.

  • Top Ranked Non-Profit by GreatNonProfits.org.

2019

  • Warrior Volunteer Force Team Leader, Cristine Civil-Chvala chosen as Military Warrior of the Month (December) by Talk with Brett Radio Show.

  • CEO/Co-founder Tony Stewart awarded Community Service Award at City of Chula Vista Mayor's State of the City.

  • Us4Warriors selected as "Paint-It-Forward" National "Award A Hero" recipient for $10,000 office painting program sponsored by PacWest Painting and Construction and ALLBRiGHT Painting.

  • Warrior Volunteer Force Team Leader (now Board Member), Dan Spragno chosen as Military Warrior of the Month (July) by Talk with Brett Radio Show.

  • Top Ranked Non-Profit by GreatNonProfits.org.

2018

  • Certificate of Recognition from Mayor Kevin Faulconer and The City of San Diego for Military Children Backpack Event.

  • Top Ranked Non-Profit by GreatNonProfits.org.

 

2017

  • CEO/Co-founder Tony Stewart featured as Passionate Leader in book, The 7 Secrets of Neuron Leadership.

  • Del Mar Thoroughbred Club First Race Named After Us4Warriors Foundation Thanks to FD North America

  • CEO/Co-founder Tony Stewart received State of California, State Senate Certificate of Recognition from Senator Joel Anderson, 38th District.

  • May 5th, 2017 Proclaimed "Us for Warriors Live Well San Diego Day" by County of San Diego Board of Supervisors.

  • Special Appreciation by USO (United Services Organization) for support of 2017 Marine Corps Athletic Trials.

  • Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Letter of Appreciation for support of 2017 Miramar Air Show.

  • CEO/Co-founder Tony Stewart in movie about local hero, CAPT Royce Williams, USN(Ret), Forgotten Hero of the Forgotten War.

  • CEO/Co-founder Tony Stewart appointed by County of San Diego Board of Supervisors to serve as Military & Veterans Advisory Council member representing County District Seat 1.

  • Top Ranked Non-Profit by GreatNonProfits.org.

2016

  • 2016 San Diego County Veterans Allegiance Award (Veterans Non-Profit of the Year).

  • U.S. Congressional Special Recognition as Veterans Non-Profit of the Year.

  • State of California, Assembly 76th District, Recognition as Veterans Non-Profit of the Year.

  • Greater San Diego Association of Realtors Certificate of Appreciation.

  • State of California, State Senate Certificate of Recognition given by Senator Marty Block, 39th District.

2015

  • State of California, State Senate Certificate of Recognition given by Senator Joel Anderson, 38th District.

  • U.S. Congressional Special Recognition as Veterans Non-Profit of the Year.

  • Board Member, Manny Otero, nominated as a Veteran of the Year for San Diego County.

  • CEO/Co-founder Tony Stewart selected to serve as a member of The American Legion National Legislative Council representing California's 52nd Congressional District (two-year term).

2014

  • The Us for Warrior Foundation hosted first event, "Military & Veterans Book Fair" onboard USS Midway with 50 New York Times Best Selling Authors and many activities supporting military & veterans.

  • CEO/Co-founder Tony Stewart elected to serve as The American Legion, Department of California, District 22 Commander representing 29 American Legion Posts of San Diego County (one-year term).

2013

  • CEO/Co-founder Tony Stewart selected as California State Assembly District 80 Veteran of the Year.

  • CEO/Co-founder Tony Stewart San Diego County Veteran of the Year.

  • The Us for Warriors Foundation established November 2013.