Port City Patriots, formerly Disabled American Veteran Charities of San Joaquin County, is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1972 by a group of veterans who wanted to assist fellow veterans. Over the past 50+ years we have provided direct support to thousands of local veterans through various programs and services.
We are guided by our all-volunteer Board of Directors which is comprised of both veteran and non-veteran volunteers who hold a deep respect and profound sense of responsibility to honor the sacrifices made by our veterans and their families during their time of service to our nation.
Usmc 1969-1977, 1983
U.S. nAVY-Retired 1983-2008
My step father had served as a Marine in World War Two. Whenever we would see a serviceman in uniform hitch-hiking we would always offer him a ride. That has stuck with me throughout my life – Give a helping-hand to a veteran.
Dr. Charles R. Roots, or “Chas” as he was known in his Brat days attended a bilingual school in Paris, France (60-61, 7th), then the Oslo American School (OAS) in Norway (61-63, 8th -9th). He completed high school back in the States in 1966. During his time in the Marine Corps while in Vietnam he committed his life to Christ. Early in the 1980s he was commissioned as a Navy chaplain, retiring from the naval reserve as a captain (0-6) in 2008 with a total of 34 years of military service. He has been the senior pastor of the Ripon (CA) Free Methodist Church since 1998. He has been married to Isaura 35 years on June 5.
U.S. Army 1967–1970
I have been helping Veterans since 1974. I focus each interview on assessment of eligibility for local and federal benefit.
Delta A.A., C.S.U. Stanislaus B.A. Social Science, 2002 Wurschmidt Award: Highest national honor for veteran services, Federal Employee of the Year 2002 in Service to the Community category.
I resigned from the Chapter to devote more time Port City Patriots in my desire to help veterans
I am a retired Marine and was serving as Secretary/Treasurer of Al Jordan DAV Chapter 15 as well as a member of DAV Charities of SJC. I Joined the board in 2005 and am a past President and current Treasurer.
I joined the Board in 2011 to use my skills in fundraising. My father was a veteran, and even though I did not serve in the military, I wanted to honor his service by volunteering with this organization.
Graduate of the University of the Pacific (1977) where I played football. Business experience in private investigation, produce sales, and since 2004, superintendent in the construction industry.
U.S. NAVY 1961-1981
I am a Vietnam Veteran, 68-69, I am very proud to serve with an organization that caters to veterans. It is my way of giving back to those who gave before me.
Graduated High School, 20 Years navy food service, various service schools, worked several jobs working with people at customer service.
As a former County Veterans Services Officer it gives me an opportunity to continue to be of service to members of the veteran community.
Retired San Joaquin County Veteran Services Officer; Retired H/R Professional, Board Member Since 2015 ; MPA Golden Gate Univ; BA CSUS
U.S. Navy 1967-1971
This is an opportunity to assist the people who served our country who have a need.
Business College, Plumbing Contractor for 25+, Business owner, Retired
I am involved with various boards in San Joaquin County. I was doing a fund raiser with another organization and we chose Port City Patriots (formerly DAV of SJ County) to be the beneficiary for the fund raiser because of the wonderful things they do for VETS. After they were the beneficiary for the 2nd year and we both found it was a great partnership, I was asked to be on the board to continue to help the VETS as many possible ways that we can.
I have been in banking since 1983, 27 years at Bank of America where I started as a teller and worked my way up to Manager and Client Manager with Investment License and 14 years with Oak Valley Community Bank as VP Manager.
As a veteran, it is my responsibility to support the veteran community. I believe in the work and services that the Port City Patriots provide. It is important work. I am proud to be a part of this service community.
Retired from the Military after 32 years and from San Joaquin Delta College, 20 years, I am currently the Director of the Military and Veteran Student Centers for the University of the Pacific. I travel the world as a humanitarian, photographer, and documentarian of Iraq and Ukraine. I am working on my master’s degree in leadership class of 2024.
I want to honor our veterans and current service members for their service and sacrifice to our country.
I am a high school graduate. My husband and I owned a construction business for 35 years, and I have had my own bookkeeping business for the past 12 years.