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Veteran of the Year

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Rich in heritage of community service in support of veterans, the City of Chula Vista is committed to recognizing our veterans for their significant contribution of talents to strengthen and support the community.  Since 1998, the “Veteran of the Year” Program has recognized the accomplishments of our veterans and their contributions to the Chula Vista community and our San Diego area.  Each year since, a “City of Chula Vista Veteran of the Year” has been selected to represent our city as one its finest veterans. 

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For consideration as the Veteran of the Year, a veteran must have been honorably discharged from U.S. Military Service, employed within or a resident of the City of Chula Vista, and a citizen who has made significant contributions to the community since military service. Emphasis should be placed on the veteran’s accomplishments that support the nominating organization’s service to the community, individual efforts to the local community and support of the Veterans community of San Diego at large.

Veteran of the Year Nomination

Download an Application - Submit by June 30, 2020.

Once complete, submit all requirements of the nomination package/form to one of the following:

Via Mail:     City of Chula Vista c/o Police Department 
                  Attn: Veterans Advisory Commission 
                  315 Fourth Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91910

Via Email:

PLEASE NOTE: All submissions must be complete, including all supporting documentation (two photographs: one in uniform from military service and one of nominee present day, supporting narrative, etc.) Incomplete submissions may be returned.

Veteran of the Year Roll Call

 2019-2020  John Jacobs
 2018-2019   Christopher Lawrence
 Danny Carreon
 2016-2017  Shirley Ferrill
 Kim Coronado
Kristine Wunder
2013-2014 Robert Bailey
2012-2013 Anthony “Tony” Stewart*
2011-2012 Anthony “Tony” Stewart
2010-2011 Leroy Acosta


Virgil Whitehead*


James M. Galiher
2007 Bobby Price*†


Robert D. White*
2005 Jack Mitchell
2004 Robert D. White
2003 Joseph Casillas
2002 John Willett
2001 Stephen Arends
2000 James “Bob” Lind
1999 Agustive “Gus” Hermes

Bill Ayers†

* - San Diego County Veteran of the Year Winner Same Year
† - Deceased
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