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Friday, July 08, 2016

On day 16 of my 22 day, 22 pushup challenge, I was joined by Contra Costa County District Attorney Mark Peterson at the Vietnam War Memorial in Concord, California. The memorial grove of 32 oak trees represents the 32 Contra Costa County citizens who died in that war. Prior to our pushups, Mark and I discussed the tragic events that have occurred in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Dallas. This is a place of scenic beauty and for quiet reflection.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Day 15 video of my 22 Day, 22 Pushup Challenge with Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern, his officers, and members of the 156th Academy class. I want to offer my special thanks to the 7 veterans in the group for their service in the armed forces and their continued service in the reserves. We owe our deepest gratitude and support to all Veterans.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

On Day 14 of my 22 day, 22 pushup challenge to raise awareness of the tragedy of Veterans’ suicide, we traveled to the soon-to-be-opened Diablo Valley College Student Veteran Resource Center. The Student Veteran Resource Center provides a place where Veterans, guardsmen, and reservists can find assistance in receiving their military benefits, their transition into academic life and support for their ongoing academic success. Vice President of Student Services Dr.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

The 13th day of my 22 day, 22 pushup challenge was held at the Concord Veterans Center, an extraordinary resource for counseling and mental health services for active soldiers and retired veterans. We hear from Executive Director Jeffery Jewell about how his professional staff handles thoughts of suicide with care and support.  Retired Major General and current Concord City Councilmember Dan Helix led the push-up count 'military style'. We had a great group of veterans join in with the encouragement of Concord City Councilmember Tim Grayson.

Monday, July 04, 2016

On Day 12 of our 22 days, 22 pushups a day challenge, I was at the World Famous Danville 4thof July Parade, where I was joined by Chief Paige Meyer and the brave men and women of the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District. Fire fighters, friends and future firefighters did 22 push-ups to raise awareness of the 22 veterans who commit suicide each day.This weekend as we gather together with our families to celebrate the 240th anniversary of our country’s independence, I invite you to recall the great service of our Veterans and those who need our help.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Today, at the halfway point of my 22 days, 22 pushups a day challenge to raise awareness for Veteran’s suicide, I visited Dublin’s Mape Memorial Park, named after United States Navy Commander John “Jack” Clement Mape, a 40-year old father of seven, who was Dublin’s first casualty in the Vietnam War. I was joined on Day 11 by Dublin residents Kevin Dielissen and Stephen Wright, whose son Dylan, is a member of the Army Reserves following 8 years of active duty service in the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. All Veterans deserve our support as they return home.

Saturday, July 02, 2016

On Day 10 of my 22 days, 22 pushups a day challenge to raise awareness for Veterans’ Suicide, I was joined at the City of Oakley Veterans Memorial Park by Vanessa Perry, Oakley City Councilmember, Board member of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and Chair of the Oakley “Out of the Darkness” walk. Through her efforts and those of her colleagues on the “Out of the Darkness” Planning Committee, their inaugural walk last year raised over $40K to fund research to improve our understanding of suicide and to find ways to prevent it.

Friday, July 01, 2016

 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Today, we went under the Capitol dome for Day 8 of my 22 day, 22 daily pushup challenge to raise awareness about veterans' suicides. And I had the special honor of being joined by Senate President pro Tem Kevin de Leon and Michelle Lazark, a U.S. Army veteran and Sacramento police officer. We did our pushups in the beautiful office of the president pro tem, who has been very supportive of veterans’ issue. An average of 22 U.S.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Vito Imbasciani, California Secretary for Veterans Affairs, and two veterans joined me today on Day 7 of my 22 day, 22 daily pushup challenge to raise awareness about veterans' suicides. Mr. Imbasciani served as the counter for the pushups I did with Gary Leach, Commander of the Department of California American Legion and Russell Atterberry, the deputy secretary for Veterans Affairs who recently finished a 22-year stint in the U.S. Navy. Today, we did our pushups at the All Veterans Memorial at the Capitol. An average of 22 U.S.

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