Organization Celebrates Inaugural Veterans Day Reception

november 12th, 2016

MHPF Board Member Nicolette Lee, presents Charles M. "Stoney" Brook with the 2016 Veteran of the Year Award. 

MHPF Board Member Nicolette Lee, presents Charles M. "Stoney" Brook with the 2016 Veteran of the Year Award. 

San Francisco, CA - The Military Health Project & Foundation (MHPF) held its Inaugural Veterans Day Reception at Historic John's Grill in San Francisco, CA. The event recognized the recipients of the organization's Legislative Leadership and Veteran of the Year Award. 

2016 Veteran of the Year, "Charles M. ‘Stoney" Brook served in the US Marine Corps from 1961-1965. He proposed, designed, and facilitated the Veterans Court for Santa Cruz County using unique ‘Peer Support’ approach rather than mentoring. Peer Supporters are all military veterans who receive 20 hours of training, providing approx. 20 volunteer hours each month. Their role is to support and encourage the justice-involved veteran, while modeling community involvement. They do not provide counseling, therapy or legal advice, nor act as advocates. The Veteran Court program also uses veterans who are now public defenders, district attorneys and probation officers. Stoney works with the 180/2020 Program, a local strategic plan to develop housing for veterans in the Santa Cruz Area. He serves on the County Human Services Commission and is designated as the Veteran Liaison to the Board of Supervisors. A member of the Marine Corps League, he serves on the County United Veteran Council and is current president of the Veteran Memorial Building board of trustees.

The 2016 Legislative Leadership Award went to US Representative Jackie Speier. Rep. Speier has served San Francisco and San Mateo Counties since she was first elected in April 2008 to fill the unexpired term of the late Rep. Tom Lantos. Before her election to the US House of Representatives, she served for 18 years in the California State Legislature. Jackie now serves on two crucial committees in Congress: the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the House Armed Services Committee (HASC). She works tirelessly to fight wasteful spending, ensure our intelligence community has proper and effective oversight, and has been a recognized champion fighting military sexual assault. Jackie is a leading Democratic voice in protecting women’s healthcare and biomedical research through her service on the Republican created House Select Investigative Panel to Attack Women’s Health. She is also a member of her party’s leadership team as Senior Whip, and a Vice-Chair of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. Rep. Speier is a staunch supporter and advocate for issues that affect the Military and Veterans community.

About us: The Military Health Project & Foundation is a dual function organization based out of San Francisco, California, focused on providing financial aid to veterans and military families in need of specialized health care services or equipment. In addition to providing cap funding for medical needs, the organization also advocates on behalf of federal policies designed to enhance the services and benefits provided to the military and veterans community.