KBS Proud to Sponsor 4th AnnualReal Estate Luncheon toBenefit OC Veterans June 28, 2019 On April 18, KBS was again proud to co-sponsor the fourth annual Orange County Real Estate Luncheon to raise money for designated charities that are providing the most help for Orange County veterans and their families. Virtually every major real estate firm in Orange County as well as several large lending institutions were present to contribute support for the cause. KBS’ Senior VP of Human Resources and former USMC Veteran, David Zamudio is on the selection committee that helps to select a group of charities each year to provide funding and support that will go directly to supporting veterans and their families in a number of ways. This year attendees were excited to hear from keynote speaker Lt. General H.R. McMaster, the United States’ 26th National Security Adviser. General McMaster spoke about “The Warrior Ethos” of honor, duty, courage, loyalty and self-sacrifice. Active military servicemembers as well as vets see themselves as part of a community, a community in recent years that has done a lot to make war less inhumane. “…today’s society often has a misguided and disconnected view of war which often makes it difficult for the civilian understand and help meet the needs of veterans who have service our country bravely.” General McMaster went on to comment how today’s society often has a misguided and disconnected view of war which often makes it difficult for the civilian understand and help meet the needs of veterans who have service our country bravely in the fight against cruel regimes that often care little for human life be it soldiers or civilians, and even children. We owe a debt a gratitude to our service members who have helped to rebuild cities and communities that have been destroyed by these cruel regimes. “Today the battleground overseas is now connected on social media,” commented General McMaster. “They perpetuate ignorance, hatred, injustice and they entice the masses with sophisticated and dangerous propaganda. Fighting this is a noble cause.”Gen. McMaster commented that the word “ethos” in the context of our brave military is a word that is now at risk. “Few Americans understand what is at stake nor do they understand the achievement of our soldiers in fighting modern barbarianism,” said the General. “Most Americans do not know the enemy we are fighting, and our warriors are portrayed as fragile.” Many in today’s youth culture have an impression of our military that is influenced by video games and action movies that only depict bloodshed and do little if anything to show how today’s warrior is also on a humanitarian mission to help people in need, not just fire bullets at bad guys. Prior to hearing from General McMaster, the packed room at the Irvine Hotel also had the opportunity to hear from retired U.S. Army Colonel Denton Knapp who is the director of an exciting new venture right here in O.C., the Tierney Center for Veteran Services. This is essentially an 11,000 SF property donated by Goodwill of Orange County that will be known as “The Hub – an entry point for veterans.” The Hub will be a one-stop location veterans in need can go to get the services they need, instead of going from one organizati0on to another and telling their story over and over, often with little results. The Hub will also act as a liaison for Vets needing help from the VA as well as providing, career counseling, food, housing and a number of other support services. Col. Knapp shared a recent story of a veteran and his two children who were living out of their car, and how they were able to get their lives back on track after meeting with him at The Hub. The Hub is just getting started and we will be sending out communications to KBS Employees who want to be a part of helping to launch the Hub whether it be volunteering hours, donating building materials, helping with construction or painting, marketing services, furniture donations and of course financial contributions. Sam is not only one of dwindling number of WW II veterans, he is 104 years old and commanded a glider in the invasion of Normandy in June 1944. Finally, we must mention the most honorable guest who was in attendance at the luncheon this year and last year. We were pleased to hear briefly from Retired Lt. Colonel Sam Sachs. Sam is not only one of a dwindling number of WW II veterans, he is 104 years old and commanded a glider in the invasion of Normandy in June 1944. Very few soldiers who flew these gliders made it back alive. They were fighting a brutal enemy. It was an honor to see Mr. Sachs. At 104 years old he was remarkably sharp and was happy to shake a number of hands. This year’s grant recipients who will benefit from over $700,000 raised at the luncheon are the following local organizations: Zero8hundred, Volunteers of America’s Battle Buddy Bridge, Cal State Fullerton’s Veteran’s Resource Center, The Warrior Scholar Project, Saddleback College Vets, The Semper Fi Fund, Strength in Support, Lestonnas Free Clinic, Goodwill of OC’s Tierney Center for Veteran’s Services (The Hub) and Irvine Valley College’s Veterans Resource Center. We want to extend a big thank you to Chuck Schreiber and Peter Bren for supporting the Orange County Real Estate Luncheon. If you would like more info on how you can help, please contact our KBS Senior VP of Human Resources, Dave Zamudio.