Members of the Raider Nation held events in multiple states for veterans including California on February 15, 2014. The event in California was held in the Oakland City Hall and was attended by many of the most well known members of the Raider Nation. These week long events were held for the sole purpose of honoring our military veterans.
In Oakland, veterans and their families who are participating in a transition program called Operation Dignity were the guests of honor. Operation Dignity has locations in Alameda, Berkeley and Oakland. Veterans from the Northern California VA Healthcare system were also invited. The events guest speakers included Oakland Mayor, Jean Quan, representatives from Operation Dignity, a representative from the VA Healthcare System, and a Vietnam Veteran who is now a local law professor.
There were two similar events held in the Bay Area last year, but those events were held in Menlo Park at a VA Hospital. Multiple Raider Nation booster club presidents from various states and decided to make the salute an “annual” operation. Over a week long period groups and clubs will plan events for the salute. This idea was adopted from the VA Hospital, which holds a National Salute to Veterans every year during the week of Valentines Day.
Carla Baldwin, the event coordinator for the Bay Area events is also the original coordinator for the Raider Nation Salute to veterans across the country. She named this project Operation Roundtree after her adopted soldier whom has served multiple tours oversees. Carla and Donna Burris (mother of current Oakland Raiders player, Miles Burris #56) to plan the event this year.
The Raider Nation Salute to Veterans is something everyone involved can be proud of. Carla and her team have done a great job honoring our veterans. By organizing an event that is a 100% volunteer effort, Carla proves that there are people willing to dedicate their time and honor our veterans. She has shown that acknowledging and supporting those who have served this country is just as important as supporting the teams that we root for on Sundays.