JC Oberst: Veterans Courtroom Will Be Named for Former Judge Colleen Toy White

The Ventura County Veterans Treatment Court recognition ceremony will be special, not only for the veterans who successfully completed the program but also for the judge who played a crucial role in standing up this treatment court.

Colleen Toy White Ventura County Veterans CourtCourtroom 22 will be named the Colleen Toy White Courtroom during the graduation ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 9 in honor of Judge White’s public service and leadership. White served on the bench for 23 years and was the first judge to preside over the Ventura County Veterans Court to ensure veterans received the treatment they needed. No one worked harder or believed in the necessity of establishing this court more than Judge White. Although, in her inimitable style, she could only accept this honor if all those within the system who made this court happen were acknowledged.

The Ventura County Veterans Court has led California in developing tailored holistic solutions for veterans facing criminal charges. The court is a collaborative effort of the Ventura County Superior Court, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Ventura County Public Defender’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Probation Agency. Clerks connect veteran clients, who may otherwise be facing jail time, to treatment and services.

The court is a benefit to the community because the veterans who go through the program must plead guilty, thereby sparing the taxpayers the expense of a trial. More importantly, the veterans have the opportunity to again become productive citizens. In 2010, Gen. Roger Brautigan said he wanted to get as many counties to establish veterans’ courts as possible while he was California secretary of veterans affairs. He said, “We do not want the current generation of veterans to be treated the way the Vietnam veterans were treated upon their return from harm’s way.”

The Ventura County Veterans Court became the 42nd in the country; now there are nearly 350. Judge White’s early recognition of the value of the treatment court process and the court collaborative team efforts changed lives and directly impacted families for the better. Our community is fortunate the court continues to flourish and serve our veterans who need a second chance. Thank you, Judge Colleen Toy White, for your years of service to our veterans and your leadership of the team that has made a lasting difference in so many veterans’ lives. For more information, contact Irma Berneathy at 805-289-8822.

100th Anniversary of the End of World War I

Talk of armistice was rampant in early November 1918. Here, The (New York) Evening World declares the war over in its Nov. 7 issue. (Library of Congress)

The recognition ceremony is not the only special veterans event coming up. This year is the 100th anniversary of the day that ended fighting in World War I.

In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations. …”   In 1938, Nov. 11 was designated a legal holiday. Legislation in 1954 replaced the word “Armistice” with the word “Veterans” to honor American veterans of all wars.

If you are looking for something special to do this upcoming weekend, consider attending a Veterans Day ceremony, parade or event in your community. The Ventura County Star will feature a story prior to Veterans Day listing the many ceremonies, parades and events recognizing veterans’ service throughout the county. Send your event information to Andrea Howry at calendar@vcstar.com as soon as possible. If you provided your Veterans Day event to me, I have already sent it to her.

Happenings and Veteran Events

Nov. 6: 10 a.m., Veterans Day proclamation, Ventura County Government Center, Hall of Administration, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. The Ventura County Board of Supervisors will issue a proclamation marking Veterans Day and specifically the 65th anniversary of the armistice of the Korean War.

Nov. 8: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., third annual Ventura College Veterans Day celebration and barbecue, Ventura College veterans resource center, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura.  Ventura College and the Ventura College Foundation are inviting veterans, active military and their families to attend the event sponsored by California Resources Corp. For more information, call 805-289-6060.

Nov. 9: Free legal assistance, Law Offices of Gerald L. Kane, 16255 Ventura Blvd., Suite 510, Encino. Kane will prepare a simple will for U.S. veterans at no cost. Call 818-905-6088 to schedule an appointment.

Nov. 9 and 10: Military Veterans Dental Days, Conejo Free Clinic, 80 E. Hillcrest Drive, Suite 102, Military Appreciation Month; Resources for VeteransThousand Oaks. Screening, cleaning, X-rays, extractions, fillings and future treatment plans provided. Patients must meet income qualifications. All services are free for veterans and their children. For an appointment, call 805-328-3100.

Nov. 10: 10 a.m., veterans memorial monument dedication, Constitution Park, 601 Carmen Drive, Camarillo. The city will dedicate the expanded monument listing the 36 names of fallen service members from Camarillo and Somis. For more information, contact Kathy Talley at 805-388-5312 or ktalley@cityofcamarillo.org.

Nov. 11: All county public transit operators, including Gold Coast Transit District and the Ventura County Transportation Commission will provide free bus rides to veterans who present valid military identification. Buses will operate on their regular schedules.

Nov. 11: 9:30 a.m., Oxnard Veterans Day parade, Ninth Street to C Street to Fourth Street before ending at Plaza Park. Contact the city community affairs manager for more information at 805-385-7593.

Nov. 11: 11 a.m., Veterans Day ceremony, Ventura County Veterans Memorial, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. Gold Coast Veterans Foundation will host a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the end of fighting in World War I. For more information, call JC Oberst at 805-482-6550.

Nov. 11: 11 a.m., Veterans Day ceremony, Conejo Creek Park North, 1379 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call Ed Holt at 805-486-5286.

Nov. 11: 8 and 10 a.m., Veterans Day observance and flag-changing ceremony, Moorpark. The first service will take place at 8 a.m. at the Veterans’ Memorial Triangle on the northwest corner of Moorpark and Los Angeles avenues in Moorpark. The second service at 10 a.m. will take place at the Moorpark veterans’ memorial on the southeast corner of Spring Road and Flinn Avenue. For more information, contact Pete Duncan at moorparkpost502@aol.com or 805-750-0095.

Nov. 11: Veterans Day ceremony, VFW Post 10049 in Simi Valley. Contact Wayne Wright at vfwso10049@sbcglobal.net or 805-285-8844 for time and details.

Nov. 11: Noon, Veterans Day barbecue, VFW Post 3935, 300 S. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme. For more information, call the post at 805-488-2470.

Nov. 11: 6 p.m., jazz concert, Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center, 800 Hobson Way. The U.S. Navy Band Commodores will perform. For more information, visit www.oxnardperformingarts.com.

Nov. 12: 11 a.m., Veterans Day commemoration, Ronald Reagan Library & Presidential Museum, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. For more information, go to www.reaganfoundation.org.

Nov. 12: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus Charity Golf Tournament, Moorpark Country Club, 11800 Championship Drive, Moorpark. Sign up at www.9410charitygolf.com. Cost is $185 per golfer. For more information, call Joe at 818-421-0170.

Nov. 14: Event to honor the 100th anniversary of the World War I armistice, Los Robles Greens banquet room, 299 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks.  A program and buffet dinner will pay tribute to the 100th anniversary of the armistice. The buffet dinner and program is $35 per person. Sign-in will start at 5 p.m. and the program, with dinner at 6:15 p.m. For reservations, call Vinetta at 818-399-0469 by Friday. The public is invited to attend.

Jobs for Veterans: National Park Service’s traditional trades apprenticeship program is a hands-on immersive learning experience for veterans interested in becoming part of the next generation of skilled maintenance workers on public lands. The program is 20 weeks in duration and will prepare veterans to apply for federal jobs. Contact Lonnie Maize for more information at 805-658-5755.

If you would like to learn about veteran services or want to help our veterans in need contact JC Oberst at 482-6550 or jc.oberst@gcvf.org. For more information, visit gcvf.org.

Source: VC Star article from November 4, 2018