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Tuesday, June 09, 2009 09:41 | Daniel Olivas

 I BEGAN THIS JOURNEY WITH SOUTHWEST VETERANS BUSINESS RESOURCE CENTER, WHEN MY CHURCH (OCEANHILLS COVENANT SANTA BARBARA CA.) HAD THERE ANNUAL MEN'S GOLF RETREAT IN MAY OF 2009, WHERE THE 40 AND OLDER VERSE THE 40 AND UNDER TAKE A WEEKEND TO COMPETE IN FOUR ROUNDS OF GOLF AS WELL DICUSS THERE WALK WITH GOD, IT IS A GREAT TIME FOR SOME MALE BOUNDING. AT THIS YEAR'S RETREAT I WAS REUNINTED  WITH A FRIEND KURK AUTIO WHO I HAD NOT SEEN IN A WHILE, I HAD RELATED TO KURK MY PRESENT EMPLOYMENT SITUATION, HOW I WAS JUST GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS OF DAILY LIFE, DAY IN DAY OUT, WHAT WAS I DOING FOR MANKIND ESPECIALLY VETERANS, AS WE CONTINUED TO TALK MORE KURK EDUCATED ME ON SERVICE DIASABLED VETERAN BUSINESS. THE FOLLWING WEEK KURK HAD MADE ARRANGEMENTS FOR ME TO MEET WITH ALBERT RENTERIA (CHEIF WARRANT OFFICER USMC RETIRED.) SO AS  ALBERT EXPLAINED HOW S.V.B.R.C OPERATES IT BECAME MORE AND MORE EVIDENT THIS WAS SOMETHING I COULD PUT MY HANDS AROUND, IT MADE SENSE, HERE WAS AN OPPPORTUNITY FOR ME TO MAKE A DIFFERANCE IN HELPING OTHER DISABLED VETERANS AS WELL AS MYSELF TO FORM A NETWORK AND LINK THE TOOLS NECCESSARY TO PREVENT FUTURE HOMELESSNESS AND ALLOWING THE COMMUNITY TO BE OF SERVICE. SO I TELL THIS STORY ABOUT MY EXPERIENCE WITH KURK AND THE GOLF RETREAT BECAUSE HAD I NOT PARTICIPATED I WOULD HAVE NOT KNOWN WHAT WAS AVAIABLE TO ME AND YOU, AND FOR THAT I AM TRUELY RESPONSIBLE, SO AGAIN AS  VETERANS WE NEED TO STEP UP AND MAKE A DIFFERANCE, SO GO TO..WHERECOMMUNITIESSERVEVETERANS.ORG AND SEE WHERE YOU CAN MAKE A CHANGE.....MAY GOD ALWAYS CARRY YOU IN THE PALM OF HAND.... 

                                                                   PETTY OFFICER OLIVAS U.S.NAVY

 

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  • Tuesday, June 09, 2009 20:53 | Chris Thayer
    Hello Mr. Olivas,
    Thank you for sharing your heartfelt story. I am always amazed how we all connect and find the right situation or person at the right time. I am learning how the men and women that serve our country continue to want to be of service to fellow veterans and mankind. That speaks volumes to the integrity and commitment our veterans have of giving and caring for others.

    I am a volunteer with SWVBRC. I heard about the center from working with Albert Renteria’s first non-profit that he created that ships “c-rats” or civilian rations to deployed troops every month. The goodie bags include snacks and treats and loving notes from home that fit in streamlined boxes that ship every month to our troops. When Al started SWVBRC to help eradicate veteran homelessness, I knew right away I wanted to be part of the solution.

    Thank you for your service to our country and for wanting to help provide a more secure and profitable future for our veterans. When we all work together we can do great things. God Bless you, chris
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    • Friday, June 12, 2009 06:38 | Daniel Olivas
      Thank You Chris for responding to my blog,I really do appreciate taking the time..Look foreword to talking to you in the near future Chris,God speed Dano Olivas
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  • Thursday, June 11, 2009 15:24 | Frances Lowe
    Daniel,
    It was great to read your blog and understand a bit more about where you have traveled. It is wonderful to have you as one of those who will be there to support the veterans who join us in the future. Please remember we are here for you as well and I sincerely look forward to reading more of what you have to say. It is truly inspiring. Thank you for your service.
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    • Friday, June 12, 2009 06:44 | Daniel Olivas
      Thank You kindly Francis for responding to my blog,I too look foreward to talking in the future. God bless Dano Olivas
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  • Thursday, June 11, 2009 17:19 | Jeffrey Backus
    Welcome aboard Daniel, I too look forward to reading more of your story. Keep typing!
    Jeff
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    • Friday, June 12, 2009 04:36 | Eleanor Tobias
      What a blessing, Daniel, that you recognized and accepted the opportunity to join all the other veterans in this great organization! You will be an inspiration, I know, because of your experience and desire to see that there are no homeless veterans. Best to you always, Fran T. of Vancouver Center.
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      • Friday, June 12, 2009 06:50 | Daniel Olivas
        Thank you Eleanor for the inspiration it means a lot,hope to here from you in the future, God bless Eleanor
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    • Friday, June 12, 2009 06:47 | Daniel Olivas
      Thanks Jeffrey for taking the time to read my blog I too lok foreward to talking to you the future, God bless Jeff
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  • Saturday, June 13, 2009 20:16 | Terri Newhouse
    Daniel,
    Great to read your story of your orientation to SWVBRC. As I keep reading everyone's story I am inspired to start mine. Thank you for sharing and I'm really looking forward to your next blog. As a christian myself, I applaud your courage of reaching out to veterans. The opportunity we have to make a difference in our fellow veterans lives is endless. Keep up the great work Daniel!
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  • Tuesday, June 16, 2009 08:08 | LeRoy Scheller Jr
    welcome aboard Daniel and continue to write and spread your story ,one which I am sure will be of value to all.
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  • Friday, June 19, 2009 16:26 | Rupert Nacario
    Well Sailor I blogged on as I said. Glad you invited me.Carry on SEMPER-FI Nick@ day.Keeping it together.
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  • Saturday, June 20, 2009 11:10 | Laurel Ho
    Welcome Daniel, I have said it before and I will say it again, things are no accident, the Golf Tournament was part of the "Plan" :) Glad you were there and now we are the lucky ones. Look forward to hearing more about you and following your progress. Blessings, Laurel
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  • Sunday, August 02, 2009 20:45 | Liz Turner
    It's wonderful to hear how one more person came into contact with Al and his gang! We all look forward to hearing about you and how we can all help each other. Don't forget to tell us about your Navy experience also.
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  • Monday, August 10, 2009 12:53 | Frances Lowe
    Daniel,
    Realing your blog was inspiring to say the least. You have so much to offer and I know that you will reach those goals you are reaching for as well. I look forward to working with you as we reach together to assist our fellow veterans. Remeber we are here for you, all you need do is call. I am really looking froward to your next writing.
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  • Tuesday, August 11, 2009 15:09 | Roger Reed
    Welcome aboard Daniel and I look forward to meeting you and getting some details on how we can serve our Vets in way they deserve and they have earned. We all bring something different and special to the mix and lets all try to get that group of talents online in a hurry to help where we can. I will be posting some videos soon to allow all of us to keep in touch and see what each other has been doing . Take Care Roger out
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  • Wednesday, October 14, 2009 07:21 | Laurel Ho
    Hi Daniel,
    I see that the last posting for you was in early August. I hope you are still engaged and ready to complete your Novel. It was no accident that you were at that Golf Tournament, no mistake at all. Thank you first and foremost for your service. Look forward to reading the story of your life so far and what lead you to be "going through the motions" so we can move upward and onward! Hope to see you at the Anniversary celebration in November. Take care, Laurel
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