Honoree: Jose Guevara
Honored by: Veterans Legal Institute
Cause Area: Veterans
Jose Guevara is a student at Cal State Fullerton. He volunteers dozens of hours each week at Veterans Legal Institute meeting with clients, conducting interviews, and researching the law. The work and research he does with veteran clients is instrumental in informing attorney staff about the types of cases coming into the firm. Many times, Jose is able to point clients in the right direction in regards to their military benefits. As a veteran himself, Jose takes pride in assisting his fellow military brothers and sisters. Jose aspires to be an attorney and work with the less fortunate. After graduating high school, Jose enlisted into the Marine Corps in 2005 as an Infantryman. Once he finished boot camp at MCRD San Diego, he went through School of Infantry in Camp Pendleton and subsequently Security Force Guard School in Virginia. His first duty station was Marine Corps Security Forces Co Bangor (MCSFCo Bangor) in Silverdale, WA where he served as a Security Force Guard within Strategic Weapons Facility, Pacific Command (SWFPAC). This duty station required every member to be part of a Personal Reliability Program (PRP) and maintain a secret clearance. In 2007, he was recognized for his hard work and dedication when he was presented to 34th Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Conway as notable member of the unit. After completion of duty in MCSFCo Bangor, he was transferred to K Company 3rd Battalion 7th Marines in Twenty-nine Palms, CA. He was deployed to Al Qaim, Iraq in August of 2008 as a Team Leader. He conducted over 150 combat missions within the province, with orders to deter and/or destroy the enemy while minimizing collateral damage. His additional accomplishments and recognitions were: Combat Marksmanship Instructor, Combat Life Saver, Small Unit Leader’s Course, Iraq Campaign Medal (2 stars), Good Conduct Medal, Meritorious Promotion, and Meritorious Citation. After ending his active service in the Marine Corps, he enrolled into Goldenwest Community College in 2011 with a Criminal Justice Major. In 2013, he transferred to California State University at Fullerton (CSUF) and changed his major to Public Administration. He was elected to be the President of the Student Veterans Association at CSUF in January of 2014 and held the position for a year. His primary objective as President was advocating for veteran students on and off campus while promoting networking and camaraderie within the student veteran community. His main accomplishment while acting as the President of SVA was shedding light on the lack of facility and financial support from the CSUF’s Administration. His anticipated graduation date is December of 2015 when he will receive his Bachelors in Public Administration.