Posts by WAVES Project

Bonnie R. Casler

March is Women’s History Month and WAVES Project is honored to spotlight one of our “Women of WAVES” trailblazers.  Bonnie Casler, MSG, (Ret) joined the Army in 1977 after graduating from college with a degree in Education.  She was the last graduating class of WAC (Women Army Corps), which was dissolved as the Army became…

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Smokey Mountain Catering Leads WAVES Project Service program.

There are times in history where the worst situations will bring out the best in people.  WAVES Project is honored to recognize Jennifer Thompson for her creativity, dedication and leadership during the recent COVID-19 shutdown.  Jennifer launched “WAVES Project Feeds the Knolls” in collaboration with Shamrock Foods, Elks Lodge #2591, and the WAVES Project to…

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The effect of single use plastics on our oceans.

“Plastics. There’s a great future in plastics”. That’s the advice a young, aimless Dustin Hoffman received in the 1967 film, The Graduate. Turns out, that was great advice. When plastic was created in the 1950s, families celebrated the dawn of a new, convenient, disposable lifestyle. In 2016, nearly 168 million metric tons of single-use plastic…

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Program Update:

WAVES Project continues to grow to meet the demand as we have seen an increase in veteran applicants over the past year.  Currently, there are more than 150 new applicants on the waiting list for 64 new applicant spaces available in 2020.  To help meet the need, WAVES Project has increased fundraising efforts to offer…

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Introducing – FOB Palmdale

One of the first FOB’s is located in Palmdale with the Antelope Valley Desert Divers (AVDD) Club. Led by retired Navy Veteran and AVDD Club President, Jeff Carlon, the Palmdale FOB has certified and supported five veterans. They recently completed their second class with a dive off the shores of Catalina.

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Sea Otters: Puppies of the Sea

We are continuing our series on ocean life, written by WAVES Project volunteer Trina. This is an in-depth report on Sea Otters, their habitat, endangered status and lots of great information.

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October 2019 Training Update

We had a record breaking number of classes and certifications in the third quarter of the year. Over 200 classes and 84 veterans and their buddies were served, nearly doubling the number in any previous quarter!

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September Training Update

It was a great day for diving as we combined our Open Water Class with some fun dives. Divers and families came out to La Jolla Shores early on a Sunday morning. It was a great relief from the heat in Temecula – the cloud cover stayed until about noon when the sweatshirts came off…

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Help Wounded Veterans by Volunteering

We use an online service called Track It Forward to keep volunteers informed of events. You can log your volunteer hours through this service and help WAVES Project show that we have strong community support. This fall there will be lots of events where we need volunteers to help raise funds for our programs. The…

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Waco Merchant

One of the people who began working with the WAVES Project in the early days is Waco Merchant – US Marine Corps veteran and an SSI Assistant Instructor. Waco is also a veteran who received injuries to his body while serving, including cracked vertebrae and injuries to his knee and shoulder resulting in several surgeries.…

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Golden Eagle Properties Announces iShare program

When you buy or sell a home, donate to WAVES Project! You can donate to WAVES Project, just by using part of the real estate commission you would normally pay to list your home! Your donation may even be tax deductible.  When you list your home, investment property, commercial property, land, or other real property…

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Sergio Velasquez

Sergio and wife Mirlein in Iraq

Sergio Velasquez enlisted in the US Marine Corp in 1997 where he met his wife Mirlein who also served. They are both retired and have built a beautiful life together. He says the WAVES Project gave him hope that there were other forms of help than therapy and taking medication.

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