Our Boots on the Ground
We pride ourselves on maintain a very personalized and easy to access organization for our veterans. Through our advocacy we hope that we will establish long term relationships, friendships, trust and support systems for our veterans. Many find themselves alone and facing the issues of homelessness, depression, being jobless among other issues….Alone and without the support of family.
Kelly has a passion for military outreach. Kelly has been doing Veteran Advocacy for 11 years helping Veterans in all aspects of transition through the military and civilian life. Through her involvement with The North County Stand Down she became active in the population of homeless veterans. She saw first hand the stories of the homeless veterans she served and was drawn to do more. Her experience allowed her to establish a successful program of individualized advocacy for our homeless veterans that addresses the many issues they may face. Her approach, determination, the trust she builds with her veterans and her passion are what motivate her each day. It is her goal to put an end to homelessness in San Diego… One Veteran At A Time!
Her journey with this work began in 2006 when her brother Sgt. Kyle Colnot, 23 was killed in action 04.22.2006, while serving in Iraq.
- Established a non-profit Our Fallen Soldier www.ourfallensoldier.com in August 2006 . That assists families & children of fallen soldiers across the country from all branches of service. It also provides FREE memorial website pages for families of fallen soldiers to pay tribute to their soldier, sailor or marine.
- Established Our Heroes Journey www.ourheroesjourney.com. Assists active. combat wounded and veterans through their service, deployment & life after the military and the many transitions they may face.
Rich is a two time Iraqi war veteran that did 2 tours during Desert Storm on the USS Ranger. Rich served for 11 years in the US Navy. He served two tours in Desert Storm & Desert Shield. During his time in the military he received recognition for the Admiral of the USS Ranger for completing the 1st ever successful gear box change on a F-14 tomcat that had been deemed “in operable”. Through his hard work & leadership he was able to save this plane from being taken out of serve.
After his 11 years of service to the country Rich and his wife Kelly (Founder of HVofSD) settled in Carlsbad, CA where they raised their boys. Rich has a patriotism and pride that he carries with him, that many men and women that served have. Rich is very active with his wife Kelly in all aspects of supporting the military and trying to end homelessness in San Diego.
Hi, I’m Alex the Co-Founder and Marketing Director for HVOFSD. I live in North San Diego, California. I enjoy helping those that have served our country. There is no reason why these brave and courageous men and women deserve to be on the streets. It is my goal to end the crisis of homeless among our veterans. It is up to us all to assist our veterans and find them housing.
I am 22 years old and I am a licensed California Real Estate agent. Some of my hobbies are working on anything that has a motor! From cars, trucks, tractors, jet skis, boats, small engines to wood working and metal fabrication: I love doing it all!