EL DORADO COUNTY VETERANS

About Us

Honors and Assists those veterans who have served the Cause of Freedom.

Friends of the Veterans Monument (FVM) is designated by County Ordinance #4743 as the sole veterans organization to manage programs and improvements at the El Dorado County Veterans Monument.

County allocations, combined with private donations, help maintain, refresh seasonal flowers, replace flags, conduct ceremonies and improve the Veterans Monument.

If you would like to be part of those planning these events and overseeing improvements to the Veterans Monument, email: info@eldoradocountyveterans.org.

The El Dorado County Veterans Alliance honors and assists those veterans of the United States Armed Forces who have served the Cause of Freedom.

We have been designated by El Dorado County Ordinance #4743 to care for, oversee improvements and conduct Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies at the El Dorado County Veterans Monument.

Our work assisting veterans and their families extends far beyond the Veterans Monument. Every year, we raise funds for direct aid to El Dorado County veterans, including college aid not otherwise funded by the GI Bill, scholarships, PTS counseling, hospice for veterans at the end of their lives, assistance to homeless veterans, food aid and other assistance.

El Dorado County Veterans Alliance is a 501.c (3) charitable organization comprised of veterans of the United States Armed Forces and their family members. We also do business as Friends of the Veterans Monument.

El Dorado County Veterans Alliance
1448 Crocker Dr.
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

Board of Diretors

  • TSGT Gary Campbell USAF-Ret
    PRESIDENT

  • CPT Jack Babbitt, USMC-Ret
    VICE-PRESIDENT

  • CAPT John Poimiroo USN-Ret,
    SECRETARY-TREASURER
  • LTC Gregory Etzel AFC, USAF-Ret
  • Rene Hamlin
  • SGT Vern Pierson USA-Vet
  • LTC Tim Thompson CH USA-Ret
  • Mike Williamson – RM3 SS, USN-Vet
  • Christine Wurzer

Standing Committees

  • Executive Committee
  • Monument Committee

Documents for Review

Special Thanks

  • County of El Dorado Facilities Department
  • Sierra Monuments
  • Fred Fortune, Fortune2 Design Firm (Map)
  • Life Scout Ryan Sleeth, BSA Troop 88, Placerville (Online Directory)

Calendar

Friday, November 11, 2022

Veteran's Day Ceremony

Monday, May 29, 2023

Memorial Day Ceremony

Programs

Welcome Home is life-sized bronze statuary that will portray a joyous return from duty for two El Dorado County members of the U.S. Armed Forces. It is the welcome that every service member looks forward to receiving upon returning home from duty.

Standing is a life-sized bronze male figure dressed in early 2000s fatigues similar to those worn by the U.S. Army, Air Force, Space Force and Coast Guard. Kneeling is a bronze female figure dressed in fatigues similar to those worn by the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. Rating and warfare patches are obscured intentionally, so that the figures can represent anyone.

Running joyously toward them is a bronze Labrador retriever, symbolic of the joy that family and friends have over the return of their service man or woman from duty. It also represents the welcome that some service members never got, but which through the statuary will never end.

The statuary was conceived by the El Dorado County Veterans Alliance and was designed by famed sculptor of military themes and figures, Rip Caswell. It is planned to be placed on the lawn to the left of the entrance walkway at the El Dorado County Veterans Monument (“W” on the map key). It will be the first personification of the veteran experience at the EDC Veterans Monument.

To contribute to the effort to fund creation of the statuary, CLICK HERE. All donations are tax deductible.

For more about the statuary, email memorials@eldoradocountyveterans.org.

VETERANS DAY
Each Veterans Day (November 11) at 1100 hrs, ceremonies are held at the El Dorado County Veterans Monument in Placerville (360 Fair Lane). The ceremonies honor the service of all veterans and include a fly over by WWII Warbirds, color guard ceremony, parade of flags by veterans organizations and youth groups, speeches by public officials, patriotic music, presentation of Veterans of the Year and Veterans Service and Support awards, wreath presentation, a three-volley rifle salute, taps and a piper playing Amazing Grace.

MEMORIAL DAY
Each Memorial Day (last Monday in May) at 1100 hrs, ceremonies are held at the El Dorado County Veterans Monument in Placerville (360 Fair Lane). The ceremonies honor those who died in the service of their country and include a fly over by WWII Warbirds, color guard ceremony, parade of flags by veterans organizations and youth groups, speeches by public officials, patriotic music, presentation of Veterans Monument Scholarships to children of veterans, wreath presentation, a three-volley rifle salute, taps and a piper playing Amazing Grace.

SALUTE TO VALOR
Each autumn, Snowline Hospice Thrift Stores honor veterans by holding a "True Up" sale in which the difference between the sale price and rounding up to the next dollar is donated to help El Dorado County veterans. Called "Salute to Valor" the sale raises funds to help vets study at local colleges and trade schools, provide chaplaincy services to veterans in law enforcement, and otherwise help veterans in need.

NISEA VETERANS FUND
This fund at Folsom Lake College provides scholarships to veterans and their children in memory of El Dorado County's Nisei Veterans (WWII soldiers of Japanese-American descent).

CAPTAIN PAUL JACOBS FUND
Honoring El Dorado County's Navy Captain Paul Jacobs who rescued 32,000 Vietnamese sailors and refugees from death and imprisonment in the final moments of the Vietnam War (considered to be the greatest humanitarian event in US Navy history), this fund provides help to members of the crew of CAPT Jacobs' ship, USS Kirk (FF 1087), and their families, so that what they did rescuing the defenseless is never forgotten.

JOSH TASABIA FUND
Established to help a visiting law enforcement officer who was grievously injured while trying to rescue mortally wounded El Dorado County Deputy Sheriff Brian Ishmael, this fund will help Josh Tasabia reestablish his life in El Dorado County.