Honoring Local Heroes
We, at Bare Elegance, are so grateful for the Veterans who have fought for our freedom. There are approximately 240,000 veterans in San Diego, one of the largest populations in the United States. In honor of Veterans Day, we are honoring local heroes by highlighting some of our local San Diego veterans who are true heroes in this great city of ours.
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Veterans and Friends Cooking Class
Our first local hero is Navy veteran Jeff Bovee who uses his chef experience to teach his comrades the art of cooking. When the Oceanside master chef is not running his catering company, Letzeet, he teaches night classes in cooking at the Veterans Association of North County Resource Center. “I’m too old to go back in the military, but this is my way of giving back,” Bovee said.
Bovee introduces veterans to dishes from around the world while preparing them to use their new cooking skills professionally. The program, called “Veterans and Friends Cooking Class,” is free to veterans, enlisted military, and their families. The four-week program prepares students for jobs in the food service and hospitality industry. The course covers fundamentals of a food service facility, culinary terminology, customer service, food safety and use of kitchen equipment along with descriptions of restaurant job positions and responsibilities.
We applaud Mr. Bovee for his service to our country and his willingness to give back to fellow Vets through the art of cooking! Click here to read more about Jeff and his cooking classes for veterans.
Daniel Lopez & Combat Arts San Diego
Daniel Lopez creates art and teaches art to other veterans at Combat Arts San Diego. He focuses on metal working, woodworking, and leather working. He said creating art gives him and other veterans another way to transition back to civilian life. Mr. Lopez noted that Combat Arts San Diego helps veterans, “It’s one of the things we like to show. As veterans we can do multiple things.” Combat Arts San Diego works with veterans at the Navy Hospital, among other places, to show veterans how art can help them cope with veterans’ issues.
Combat Arts San Diego
According to the organization’s website, “Using art as a catalyst between the veteran creator and the public viewer, Combat Arts facilitates and exhibits combat veteran generated artwork to inform and educate the public about veteran’s issues.Through our art classes, veterans learn how to develop an artistic practice that helps them to independently cope with their symptoms, resulting from Post-traumatic Stress, so that they are not solely reliant on outside help.”
The Timken Clock
Daniel Lopez and Christopher Tomlin, both Marine Corps veterans, created a large clock for the Timken Museum of Art. (Click here to view an interview with Daniel Lopez.) The piece, a large clock with moving parts, was commissioned for a Timken gala which raised money for the museum’s outreach programs. One of those programs teaches art to veterans returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mr. Lopez stated that the piece is totally handmade from pieces he and Tomlin found. It measures 10 feet by 13 feet. Mr. Lopez noted that, “Creating art gives us veterans another way to cope, to deal. You’ve got something on your mind, put it on a canvas,” he said. “You want to distract yourself from something, build something.”
Kudos to Combat Arts San Diego and Mr. Lopez for the enrichment they bring into the lives of veterans living in San Diego.
Shelter to Soldier
Shelter to Soldier’s mission is “Saving Lives, Two at a Time”. Through the efforts of Shelter to Soldier, many dogs are rescued from euthanasia and are trained to be psychiatric service dogs for a veteran. They aid military veterans suffering from devastating ailments related to post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This non-profit organization was created in 2012 by long-time dog trainer and military advocate, Graham Bloem. The services Shelter to Soldier provides is free for veterans.
According to Mr. Bloem, “The aim of Shelter to Soldier is to train psychiatric service dogs for post 9/11 combat veterans battling post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and/or other psychological or physical ailments from their service in Iraq, Afghanistan or other active areas. In addition, this program changes the lives of many dogs, rescuing them from their uncertain lives in shelters and instilling in them the meaningful opportunity to become lifetime companions for our struggling service men and women. I have seen the most incredible, unbreakable bonds created between veteran handler and service dog.”
Mr. Graham’s history with animal training includes graduating with honors as an Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer (ABCDT) at Animal Behavior College. Graham specializes in behavior modification of dogs and has trained service dogs for over a decade. Mr Graham has stated, “The combination of my passion for training dogs, the amazing abilities they have, helping a U.S. Marine, Lt. Col Brian Dennis and his famous pup Nubs, losing a close friend to suicide and the staggering statistics of veteran suicide made me want to do all that I could to help. Creating Shelter to Soldier made sense and it was the right thing to do.”
Shelter to Soldier is a CA 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in San Diego. To learn more about veteran-support services provided by STS, call (855) 287-8659 for a confidential interview regarding eligibility or visit http://www.sheltertosoldier.org.