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Lawrence Parkhill of the Veteran Farmers of America
Released on Nov 10, 2016
Lawrence signed up for the infantry at age 16 when the towers fell, and left at age 18 to go to Camp Pendleton. He was deployed twice to Iraq with India Company, Third Battalion, First Marines. Lawrence extended his contract by six months or so to deploy with the Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command (MARSOC) to Afghanistan. He has a total of five year’s active duty as a machine gunner and got out as E5 (sergeant) with two Purple Hearts, and a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with V device for valor.
We want to extend a huge thank you to Steve Barnard and his staff at Mission Produce for a successful and enjoyable first fundraiser event for VFA, the TGIF: Vets-to-Farms Event, held on May 20th. Citizens Journal was there and wrote a great write up about the cocktail party.
VFA is proud to announce that we were chosen to participate in the Swords to Plowshares (STP) California Veterans Employment and Training Collaborative, which also awarded us our first grant in the amount of $20,000. We feel very fortunate and appreciative to be included in their initiative. With the help of this funding, VFA’s goal is to offer 24 veterans paid internships at local farms and agriculture businesses, with the potential for long-term, gainful employment. To hear more about this landmark achievement for the program, please read our press release.
On Wednesday, June 15th
ABC News Channel 7 aired a segment during prime time television that featured VFA’s internship program. The story highlighted Lawrence Parkhill (veteran and VFA Co-Founder and President) and Paul Rangere (veteran and VFA participant)l, who are now full-time employees at Mission Produce. The segment also reported about another VFA intern, Robert Barnett, who learned about value-added products during his animal husbandry internship at Windy Hill Alpaca Farm. I was also able to briefly express the importance of helping our veterans reintegrate back into our communities. We truly appreciate the press coverage ABC offered VFA. If you would like to see the segment for yourself, click here.
Veteran Farmers of America was also showcased in the Sunday 19th Edition of the Ventura County Star. Also, recently published in the Camarillo Accorn: