On Wednesday, November 17, El Camino College, along with Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly Mitchell, Healing California and Warrior Pantry hosted a veterans event and community Thanksgiving on campus.
During the event, veterans, ECC students, and community members were invited to take advantage of a variety of resources and services offered to them free of charge.
Food, clothing, dental, and eye care services were provided from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside the Student Services Building, along with haircuts, manicures, and legal advice.
Several LA County veterans have been honored for their accomplishments, sacrifices, and efforts.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell delivers a thank-you speech to military veterans for their service during a Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Community event hosted by El Camino College and the Office of Superintendent Mitchell and Healing California on Wednesday, November 17 at ECC. Veterans and community members alike were provided with boxes of free food, gift cards, eye and dental care, and a host of other services for free. Thanking those present, Mitchell asked everyone to pause for a minute, “to acknowledge the people… and to congratulate the veterans for their unwavering commitment…,” she said. Photo by Jose Tobar/Ittihad
Assistant Director of Veterans Services Brenda Thritt received praise from Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell during a Veterans Day and Community Thanksgiving event hosted by El Camino College and Superintendent’s Office Mitchell and Healing California on Wednesday, November 17 at ECC. “Not only has she made today’s event possible through her steadfast partnership, but she has also dedicated her life and career to serving veterans here at El Camino College as a military officer in the California State Guard, Executive Director of US Vets Long Beach and the list goes on,” Mitchell said. Photo by Jose Tobar/Ittihad
US Navy Vet Martin Torres receives a free haircut by cosmetology students under the supervision of El Camino College cosmetology instructors, Charlene Brewer Smith and Margo Gonzalez. “I got invited by the Department of Veterans and signed up. I came here, I did my dentistry, my vision, and now I get a free haircut,” Torres said. Photo by Jose Tobar/Union
Dr. Hayk Martirosyan, left, and Dr. Piyush Karia, right, attend a patient during a Veterans Day and Community Thanksgiving event on Wednesday, November 17, at El Camino College where food and free services such as dental work were provided to veterans and community members on Both. Photo by Jose Tobar/Ittihad
Christopher Xavier Lozano, 58, Army veteran, photographer and writer has his eyes examined through an autorefractive machine used to determine the correct lens prescription for a patient during a Veterans Day and Community Thanksgiving event on Wednesday, November 17 at El Camino College. Over the course of his life, Xavier experienced homelessness as a veteran, worked as a photographer for years in and out of the military and as a studio makeup artist in the pornographic film industry and later in Hollywood where he worked on films such as “The Passion of Christ” and “Benjamin Button”. Photo by Jose Tobar/Ittihad
Details of the many patches that veteran veteran and photographer Christopher Xavier Lozano, 58, has woven into his jacket over the course of his military career. “You can point to any patch and I can tell you every story behind it,” Lozano said. Photo by Jose Tobar/Ittihad
El Camino student success coach David Ruiz, 27, loads a box of free food gifts into a car driven by a community member during an ECC Veterans Day and Community Thanksgiving event. Photo by Jose Tobar/Ittihad