Orange County Mayor
Jerry L. Demings
It is my honor to welcome you to the Orange County Veterans Advisory Council webpage. The council is comprised of over 35 veterans which includes active-duty personnel, and organizations that support veterans and their families. The council is chaired by Daila “Dee” Espeut-Jones and co-chaired by Fred Robinson. They meet monthly to plan community outreach and engagement events.
Orange County is proud to have over 70,000 veterans that call our community home. In addition, we have more than 700 Orange County employees that are veterans, and over 300 active service members. The council works closely with the Orange County Veterans Services Office which has been dedicated to helping veterans and their families with their benefits since 1945.
I encourage you to explore the webpage and review the resources and community events planned this year. I applaud the work of our council and their continued efforts to promote and educate the community on veterans-related issues.
Thank you to those who have served and our active military service members who continue to protect our freedom and this great nation.
– Jerry L. Demings, Orange County Mayor
1SG Daila "Dee" Espeut-Jones, US Army retired
It is my privilege to serve as the Chair for the Orange County Mayor’s Veterans Advisory Council, an organization leading the charge for veterans in the County and surrounding communities.
My duties align in accordance with the vision of the Mayor as we continue to be a vanguard of development for those who are currently serving or have served our country. Our goal is to provide excellence service and resources for veterans and their families living in Orange County.
It is my honor to serve you, and I look forward to building an inclusive community where both current members of the military and military veterans have a voice and are able to advise the County on issues relevant to them.
– 1SG Daila “Dee” Espeut-Jones, US Army retired
||Daila "Dee" Espeut-Jones, 1SG, US Army (Ret)
||Fred Robinson, Sgt, USMC (Veteran)
||Paulette Julien, US Navy (Veteran)
||Lorraine Holland, MAJ, US Army (Ret)
||Jeniffer Hutchinson-Fernandez, US Army (Veteran)
|US Army Service Representative
||Terri Turner, US Army (Veteran)
|US Air Force Service Representative
||David Romero, US Air Force (Veteran)
|US Navy Service Representative
||Rich Sloane, Capt, US Navy (Ret)
|US Marine Corps Service Representative
||John Gionet, Sgt Maj, USMC (Ret)
|US Coast Guard Service Representative
||Doug Hone, USCG (Veteran)
||Binh Nguyen, USMC (Veteran)
|Orange County Veterans Services Ex Officio
||Tommie Maldonado, CSM, US Army (Ret)