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PAGE 31 Military Banners Honor Active-Duty Men & Women Thanks to a generous donation from Waste Management of Southern

California, four additional active-duty military banners were installed along California Oaks Road north toward Clinton Keith Road in Murrieta. Banners honoring Cpl Joseph A. Riano, GySgt Michael Gonzales, Lt Daniel Larsen, and Pvt Tiffany Kohlschmidt will join the eleven banners already installed. The Active-Duty Military Banner Program allows the community to honor

and pay tribute to the courage, commitment, and heroism of the men and women who are currently serving in the United States Armed Forces. To be eligible for the banner program, an honoree must be a current res-

ident of the City of Murrieta, and an active-duty member of the United States Armed Forces. The front and back of each banner, which measures approximately 2’ x

5’, lists the honoree’s name and branch of service and includes a photo or the branch logo as well as the sponsor logo, in this case Waste Management. There is no cost for the banner or its installation; however, the program is operated through tax-deductible donations. The City of Murrieta will ac-

Empower America Seeks to Put America’s Veterans to Work

Empower America, a new business located in Temecula, is on a mission

to recruit, train, and employ America’s veterans. Working with a coalition of national, county, and local governments, organizations, and businesses, it is working to originate or assist in developing renewable energy projects and jobs in Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Los Angeles counties. It then recruits veterans, provides them with no-cost training and national cer- tification and, upon successful program graduation, places them in paid po- sitions with coalition contractors. Empower America’s classes are being taught by instructors with the Na-

tional Institute of Training & Education, and trainees will eventually be tested for certification by the nationally-recognized North American Board of Cer- tified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). Vets are being trained to go to work for energy contractors in either solar photovoltaic installation or energy effi- ciency assessment. There is no cost to veterans; the program is funded in part by the Workforce Investment Boards and Inter-Faith Community Serv- ices. Cohort classes are scheduled to start each Monday. “From boots on the ground to boots on the roof, Empower America

trains veterans to deploy solar to achieve U.S. energy independence. Our focus is creating American jobs for American veterans using American- made products that drive American energy independence,” said Presi- dent and CEO Mario R. Pabon. “Working with the City of Temecula, we’ve recently learned there are 11,000 military families in Temecula. We’re excited to be here, and are es- pecially pleased with the positive re- ception we’ve received from local governments and the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. Interested veterans can sign up

through any EDD office, their military bases and stations, and Interfaith Community Services in Escondido. For more information on Empower America, contact Mario Pabon at (951) 296-0208, or email him at Additional information also is avail- able on the company’s website at

cept donations in any amount to help fund the costs associated with this program. Questions about the program may be directed to Lea Kolek with the City

of Murrieta at (951) 461-6116. You may also find additional information at

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