How Many Veterans live in Orange County? Per a US Census report, in 2002 there were about 240,000 Veterans living in Orange County, CA. This means that there is a critical need for effective and efficient services geared towards Veterans, and that Veterans represent a strong voice for issues affecting all Veterans.
Do I have to have military experience to be an UMAVA member? No. We realize that family and friends are a critical support network of our Brothers and Sisters in Arms, and that these same family and friends need the support of other Veterans when their loved one is serving. You are welcome to join us, and to also participate in Leadership positions, as long as you believe in and support UMAVA's Mission to recognize and honor the sacrifices and contributions of the American Veteran, in general, and the Mexican-American Veteran in particular. So please join us, and be part of our UMAVA family.
What type of events/activities can I expect to benefit from:
UMAVA holds monthly meeting on the Third Saturday of the Month frrm 9-11 AM at the American Legion in Orange, CA.
We have at least one annual Summer Picnic.
We have fun Casino trips, and you have many opportunities to win some prizes.
We have a Christmas Dinner.
We participate in several informative Veterans forums throughout the year.
We participate in several patriotic or civic events throughout the year.
We partner with other Veteran focused organizations.
We Welcome Back Returning Veterans.
You can be part of our Color Guard to help in giving proper respect during burial ceremonies.
We also realize that many of our Veterans, their families and friends have been impacted by the traumas or injuries from their combat experiences, and we hope that they find our UMAVA environment and camaraderie to be part of the "healing" process.
Do I have to be of Latino, Hispanic, or Mexican-American descent to Join UMAVA? No. UMAVA does not discriminate under any basis. We welcome all groups who believe in honoring the service of our Veterans.