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Saturday, June 19, 2010 21:23 | William Kirk


As a veteran I have spent the last 22 years not fully knowing what VA benefits I am entitled to. To be honest with you the word entitlment has been a word that I have struggled with for several years. I have let my own ignorance, pride and ego stand in the way of fully understanding and taking advantage of these VA benefits that I am entitled to. That is until now. I recently had the opportunity to attend an orientation that was conducted by Mr. Albert Renteria at the new Southwest Veterans' Business Resource Center in Perris California.  After speaking with Mr. Renteria it was clear that most veterans like myself face the same three (3) obstacles. Mr. Renteria explained to me that the VA benefits I am entitled to as a veteran are a return of investment for the time I spent serving my country. 

In closing, I look forward to climbing the 14 level reintegration ladder that SWVBRC offers. If you are a veteran I encourage you to register and get informed today.  You owe it to yourself, your family and your community.

Be Well,

Bill K. 



  • Saturday, June 19, 2010 09:53 | Carol Grice
    Bill, Welcome to the group of learners. My hope is that as you progress in climbing the ladder of reintergration that you discover many additional benefits you might be entitled to as a Veteran. Many are uninformed and as a group it is our responsibility to help each other and eventually eradicate homelessness.
    Thank you for joining us. Keep up the good work.
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  • Wednesday, June 23, 2010 08:53 | Eleanor Tobias
    How wonderful that you found Al Renteria and the Resource Center!! I know you will learn a lot and benefit greatly. I am a volunteer at the Center in Vancouver, Wa., and have seen the results of this process. It is truly rewarding, as is helping our veterans. We all owe them so much.

    I will look forward to your next blog!!

    The best to you!! Fran Tobias
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  • Saturday, January 29, 2011 06:19 | Jeffrey Backus
    Mr Kirk, Thank you for your service to our Country, welcome to the VBRC's and I look forward to reading your story.
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