News 2011

Honoring Fallen Troops When They Return Home

Los Alamitos - Seal Beach Patch - May 16, 2011


A Los Alamitos woman finds her calling helping military families find closure and support.

The news no military family wants to hear arrived Dec. 23, 1944, for relatives of WWII Staff Sgt. Joseph Ralph Sanchez: He was missing in action.

Since that day, generations of Sanchezes have searched for him, wondering where he was and if he could still be alive. His absence left a hole that couldn’t be assuaged over time.

Community Icon launches New Military Service Nonprofit Organization

An excerpt from - April 2, 2011

Even if you have never heard her name, Laura Herzog has probably touched your life in West Orange County. Certainly if you have any connection with local military operations, drive a car in Seal Beach, send your kids to the Los Alamitos Youth Center, or read local news, your life has been impacted by Laura. Now, Laura is launching a new nonprofit organization to serve families of fallen service members.


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Hero Mission: A Soldier's Body Is Returned to His Mother
Los Alamitos-Seal Beach Patch - March 14, 2011

The community pays tribute to Army Sgt. Jason Weaver. His coffin was flown home Monday from Afghanistan.  Patricia Weaver’s only son arrived home from Afghanistan today in a coffin flown to Los Alamitos to be honored by his family, friends, fellow soldiers and the community.

Army Sgt. Jason Weaver, 22, of Anaheim, died March 3 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device, according to the Department of Defense.