Our Founders

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Ronald J. Greenwood 

Co-Founder and Chair Emeritus of Gold Coast Veterans Foundation

Ron is an Army veteran who served with the 199th Light Infantry Brigade in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969.  He served in the Air Calvary as a squad leader. Ron was severely wounded in combat on January 31st 1969.  He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal and the Purple Heart. Ron used his GI Bill to graduate from UC Berkeley with Honors.  He then went on to graduate from law school.  He met his wife, Lisa, studying for the bar exam at Bolt Hall. Together they started their own law firm Greenwood & Greenwood.  They practiced law together for twenty years.  They were the pro bono law firm for the Association of Service Disabled Veterans.  Those efforts resulted in the enactment of PL 106.50, the Federal Service Disabled Veterans Owned Business (SDVOB) legislation. After PL 106.50 became law they sold their law firm to the junior partners.  They opened a logistics company to be among the inaugural SDVOB veterans to lead the way for other veterans to become entrepreneurs.

Their logistics company became successful and Ron and Lisa decided to create the Gold Coast Veterans Foundation (GCVF).  Together they founded, funded and ran the Foundation out of their logistics business from 2006 through 2011. In 2012 the Foundation opened their Veterans Connection in Camarillo where the Foundation currently resides.  Ron served as Chairman from the founding of the GCVF until January 2019. Ron and Lisa have spent the last thirty years in service to veterans.  In 2019 they decided it was time to step down from the GCVF and let the next generation of leaders continue the mission. Ron continues to be involved with the GCVF as Co- Founder and Chairman Emeritus.

Lisa Elizabeth Greenwood

Co-Founder

Lisa graduated from UC Berkeley by working her way through college.  She thenworked as a legal secretary and put herself through law school.  She met her husband, Ron, while studying for the bar exam at Bolt Hall. Lisa and Ron started their own law firm, Greenwood & Greenwood.  At the same time, Lisa was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Golden Gate University School of Law and the John F. Kennedy University School of Law. Lisa and Ron practiced law together for twenty years.  They were the pro-bono law firm for the Association of Service Disabled Veterans.  Lisa testified before aHouse of Representatives Committee hearing on Veteran Affairs.  Those effortsresulted in the enactment of PL 106.50, the Federal Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business (SDVOB) legislation. 

After PL 106.50 became law, Lisa and her husband sold their law firm to the junior partners.  Lisa and Ron then opened a logistics company to be among the inaugural SDVOB veterans to lead the way for veterans to become entrepreneurs. Their logistics company became successful and Lisa and Ron decided to create the Gold Coast Veterans Foundation (GCVF).  Together they founded, funded and ran the Foundation out of their logistics business from 2006 through 2011.  Lisa put on and ran all of the golf tournaments during those six years.  In addition she created, sponsored and ran all of the receptions during those years as well. In 2012 the Foundation opened the Veterans Connection in Camarillo where the Foundation currently resides.  Lisa served on the Board from the founding of the GCVF until January 2019. Lisa and her husband have spent the last thirty years in service to veterans.  In 2019 they decided it was time to step down from the GCVF and let the next generation of leaders continue the mission. Lisa continues to be involved with the GCVF as the Co-Founder.

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They Saw a Need —
& Changed Lives

Apparently, it just wasn’t enough that young Americans got taken away from home and sent off to war crawling through the jungle … just to get shot up, shot at and shot down. When they got home, they had to fight their way through another jungle of paperwork and delays to get the care that their Uncle had promised. Attorney and Purple Heart Veteran Ron Greenwood saw that many of his fellow veterans really needed some expert help and personal support navigating through “the system” to get their earned benefits.
So he did something about it.

Helping veterans with their benefits and claims is where it all began, but it soon became clear that veterans need assistance in a lot of other critical areas. Employment … emotional wellness … housing … money management. So we did something about that, too. Veterans now have a one-stop service center to receive comprehensive, integrated and personalized care. From help with VA claim forms to healing invisible wounds through peer counseling, from overcoming homelessness to high-tech career training, Veterans Connection serves those who served us. Free of charge.

But we’re a private nonprofit organization. We don’t have contracts or cash flow from VA, federal, state or other government funding sources. The help we provide to our veterans — your veterans — is determined by the charitable funding and individual donations we receive. We can’t do any of it without your direct financial support. We’d like to ask you to do something about that.