New Citizens Journal section: VETS – MILITARY

By Deborah Baber-Savalla

This week Citizens Journal is proud to announce a new section: VETS – MILITARY.



Veterans, military personnel, their families, and any among us who support our soldiers will be able to go to this section to find helpful links along with information about events in Ventura County that support our military community, past, present, and future. Additionally, if you want to volunteer, you will be able to find opportunities to do so. On Wednesday, July 19 some readers of Citizens Journal did just that. We spent our lunch hour supporting Vietnam Veterans of Ventura County, VVVC.

My husband is a Vietnam vet and a retired 33-year LAPD officer. When we enjoyed a tri-tip lunch special at Marie Callender’s on Victoria Boulevard in Ventura on the 19th, we were supporting VVVC. Marie Callender’s was donating a percentage of our lunch receipts to the organization as part of a “Fun Raiser”. We presented our flyer when we paid our bills and voila, a contribution was made! 

And it is in the spirit of contributions, that Citizens Journal has established a virtual corner of the paper dedicated to bringing its readers information for, about, and in support of our troops. Please join us…in the corner!

(L-R): VietNam Vets Mark Savalla and VVVC leader Howard Tench at VVVC “Fun” Raiser at Marie Callender’s Ventura, 7-191-7. Photo: Deborah Babare-Savalla.

“The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war…Duty, Honor, Country…” 

General Douglas MacArthur, Farewell Speech Delivered to the West Point Cadet Corp, May 12, 1962


Just one of the many tables of VVVC supporters holding up donation notices at 7-19-17 vets “Fun” raiser at Marie Callender’s in Ventura, CA. Photo by waitress.


Deborah Baber Savalla is a proud wife and daughter of Vietnam veterans and who was raised as an Air Force dependent. She is a former book publishing executive and is a founding member of Ventura County POV-Point of View, a non-partisan grassroots organization that advocates moral clarity, personal responsibility, and fiscally sound, small government. 

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Steve Huber

Great news and congrats to Citizen’s Journal for making this happen!

Some news on veteran support actions in Sacramento:
SB 725; pretrial diversion, has passed out of the Assembly with a vote of 64 ayes, 2 nays, and 13 not voting. SB 725 by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) will clear the record of a servicemember with a service connected mental health condition (PTSD, TBI, etc) who was charged with a DUI, if they complete court ordered treatment. The goal is to get these men and women into treatment and cured of their underlying problem without ruining their military career.

David Puu

This is both a generous and welcome contribution by Citizens Journal, in their continued efforts to inform and shore up our community.

Thanks to the VVVC and to Marie Callender’s, for doing this event .

Robert Duncan

A special thanks to Citizens Journal, the VVVC and Ventura Marie Calender’s: If more communities supported their Veterans in such a way, our Country would be richer for it.