Swords to Plowshares’ 20th Annual Veterans Day Dinner Honoring Local Veterans

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This year Swords to Plowshares honors the law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP; former co-director of National Veterans Legal Services Program David Addlestone; Daniel Ramirez former Legal client and Isaac Baires former Employment and Training client of Swords to Plowshares at the 20th Annual Veterans Day Dinner.

Swords to Plowshares Board Member, Delano "Del" Seymour with guests (2015)

Our Veterans Day Dinner allows us to raise the crucial funds needed to serve San Francisco’s veteran population. Without support from the community, our work would not be possible,” said Mr. Blecker.

On Monday, November 7, 2016, Swords to Plowshares, San Francisco’s leading nonprofit veteran service agency, will host its 20th Annual Veterans Day Dinner and Profiles of Courage Award Ceremony. This year, Swords to Plowshares celebrates Executive Director Michael Blecker’s 40 years of devoted service to helping veterans in need. In honor of Michael Blecker’s commitment to the veteran community, the City and County of San Francisco has declared November 7th, 2016 as Michael Blecker Day. Master of Ceremony Michael Krasny, the host of KQED’s award-winning Forum, will present Michael Blecker with the proclamation from the City and County of San Francisco.

Swords to Plowshares 20th Annual Veterans Day Dinner, Profiles of Courage 

Monday, November 7, 2016; 5:30 PM 

Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

The following awardees will be recognized:

The law firm of Latham & Watkins, LLP will be named the 2016 Pro Bono Partner of the Year; their involvement includes taking on full representation of 12 veteran’s cases and staffing numerous Legal Drop-in Clinics. They have also worked closely with Swords to Plowshares on a Rulemaking Petition to change VA policies that unnecessarily deny hundreds of thousands of veterans access to VA healthcare and benefits. Attorney John Keker, a founding partner at the law firm of Keker & Van Nest LLP, will present the award.

David Addlestone, a Vietnam Air Force veteran, revered veteran advocate, and former co-director of the National Veterans Legal Services Program, will be named the 2016 Community Hero for his dedicated advocacy on behalf of veteran.

Daniel Ramirez, a Korean War veteran in the U.S. Army and former Swords to Plowshares’ Legal client; and Isaac Baires, a U.S. National Guard veteran, single father of three young children, and graduate of Swords to Plowshares Employment and Vocational Training program will be presented with the 2016 Profiles of Courage award. Each year, Swords to Plowshares recognizes veterans who have turned their lives around and shown courage in the face of adversity with the Profiles of Courage award. Their stories of triumph speak to the full range of services that Swords to Plowshares provides and illustrate the success of the organization’s nationally-recognized programs.

“The services that we offer empower veterans to live meaningful and productive lives. We restore dignity and hope to veterans in need on a daily basis. Our Veterans Day Dinner allows us to raise the crucial funds needed to serve San Francisco’s veteran population. Without support from the community, our work would not be possible,” said Mr. Blecker.

For more information contact us at 415-252-4788 or visit https://www.swords-to-plowshares.org/veterans-day

Sponsors of the 20th Annual Veterans Day Dinner include; Morrison & Foerster Foundation and Morrison & Foerster LLP, Keker & Van Nest LLP and John & Tina Keker, Qatalyst Partner, Zephyr Real Estate, Chevron, Latham & Watkins LLP, Gibson Dunn, Wells Fargo, RHE Foundation, and William & Sherrie Millichap Family Foundation

About Swords to Plowshares:

Founded in 1974, Swords to Plowshares is a community-based not-for-profit organization that provides case management, mental health assessment and referral, rapid re-housing and eviction prevention services, employment and training, supportive housing, and legal benefits assistance for low-income, homeless and at-risk veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area. Swords to Plowshares promotes and protects the rights of veterans through advocacy, public education, and partnerships with local, state and national entities. Learn more about the work of Swords to Plowshares, and ways in which you can help, by visiting our website at http://www.stp-sf.org.

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