Military Appreciation Night – June 3rd

The June 3rd game between the Los Angeles Galaxy and D.C. United takes place at The Home Depot Center, where the Galaxy is hosting Military Appreciation Night. As a way of showing the Galaxy’s appreciation for the military, the club is donating 1,000 tickets to various regional branches of the Armed Forces. Additionally, the Galaxy are also pledging to match the amount of tickets fans purchase through the “buy one, give one” option on the All military personnel will receive a 50 percent discount when purchasing tickets for this game through In addition, Season Ticket Holders who would like to donate their tickets to local military personnel can do so through

Prior to kickoff, each branch of the United States Armed Forces —U.S. Air Force, U.S Army, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy— will be recognized, and recruits from the Air Force will take their Oath of Enrollment. The 1st Marine Division Band from Camp Pendleton will perform at the top of the Main Entrance from 7-7:20 p.m. as well as the National Anthem. For more information about Military Appreciation Night, or to purchase tickets, please contact the Galaxy by calling 1-877-3GALAXY (342-5299) or by visiting them on the web. salutes the L.A. Galaxy for their generous offer and commitment to honoring our country’s military. We also would like to acknowledge and thank generous citizens who donate their tickets to our nation’s heroes.

TAPS Sings a Happy Tune as President/Founder is Recognized with Prestigious Award

The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) had a big reason to smile on May 12th as its president and founder, Bonnie Carroll, was awarded the Distinguished Public Service Award by Admiral Mike Mullen. Mullen, who is the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, happily provided Carroll the award for the terrific effort she and the program have put forth to ease the pain of the survivors of lost military members.

TAPS is the front line resource for those grieving the loss of a loved one who was serving in the Armed Forces. Carroll started the program in 1994 out of her own tragedy and it has since grown to assist over 30,000 surviving family members, casualty officers and caregivers. The TAPS toll-free hotline is available 24/7 and it also conducts Survivor Seminars and Good Grief Camps across the country.

Carroll is a close friend of Military Connection and we applaud her continuous efforts to help others through the most difficult times of their lives. For more information on TAPS, visit If you are suffering the loss of a loved military member or know someone who is, please call the hotline: 1-800-959-TAPS (8277).

A Great Day for the California Guard and Reserves and All State Veterans

Peter James Gravett Appointed CalVet Secretary

Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. today appointed Peter James Gravett as Secretary of the California Department of Veterans Affairs. Gravett, of Rolling Hills Estates, is a retired major general with more than 35 years of commissioned service in the California National Guard with service in ten countries. He has been the state chair for the Southern California Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee since 2007. He is currently a principal business associate at Traiden Global Solutions, where he has worked since 2008.

Previously, Gravett served as president and chief executive officer of Gravett and Associates from 2002 to 2008. Before retiring from the Guard, he served as commander of the 40th Infantry Division from 1999, when he was promoted to major general, to 2002, becoming the first African-American division commander in the 225-year history of the United States National Guard. In this role, Gravett served a dual assignment in Kiev, Ukraine with the Partnership for Peace program.

Previously, Gravett served as assistant division commander-support from 1996, when he was promoted to brigadier general, to 1999. In 1990, Gravett was promoted to colonel, and he served as commander of an armor brigade from 1993 to 1996, and division chief of staff from 1990 to 1993. He served as division provost marshal, military police battalion commander, armor battalion commander, division civil-military operations officer and armor brigade executive officer after he was promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1981.

As a major, from 1976 to 1980 Gravett served as an assistant division logistics officer and a division transportation officer. From 1974 to 1975 he served as a logistics officer, intelligence officer and acting operations officer. Gravett also served as an armored cavalry troop commander from 1971 to 1974. He began his commissioned service as a military police platoon leader and an armored cavalry troop platoon leader in 1968.

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