We Honor Veterans

We Honor Military Spouses

At a “We Honor Veterans” Ceremony in March of 2015, when Richard Bryan, Navy Corpsman and double Purple Heart recipient asked Diana Davis if Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association (LMVNA) had ever honored military spouses, she was determined to make it happen.  And it did.  Unfortunately, Bryan, passed away in December, 2015.

On May 6th, 43 spouses’ names were called at a ceremony hosted by The Bonaventure Senior Living, including Bryan’s wife Sheila, who was accompanied by her sons, Erin and Christopher. 
Mike McManus, Ventura County Veterans’ Services Officer and Chairman of the Board for the Ventura County Military Collaborative (VCMC),  who said a few words about the importance of the role of spouses “holding down the fort” at home. 

Mike McManus, Ventura County Veterans’ Services Officer and Chairman of the Board for the Ventura County Military Collaborative (VCMC),  who said a few words about the importance of the role of spouses “holding down the fort” at home; announced the names of the honorees . 
Mandy Furlong, pinned each recipient with a flag and Diana Davis handed each spouse a long-stemmed red rose, donated by Sweet Pea Florist of Ventura.

Kim Evans, Executive Director and Founder of VCMC said this was probably the first time some of these women had been honored andKim was one of the recipients of the honor.

Words of recognition and appreciation were delivered by representatives from the offices of U.S. Rep.  Julia Brownley, D-Westlake Village, and Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks.  Ms. Brownley serves on the House Veterans Affairs Committee. 

April Davis, accompanied by David Haynes, sang a heart-rending song, “The Locket”.  Teresa Pavan, Vice President/COO for LMVNA, read “A Soldier’s Promise” and “An Army Wife’s Promise” by Megan Williams

We believe Richard Bryan would have been very pleased to see his vision of honoring military spouses be realized.