Vets 4 Vets Board Members

Our Vision: A community that honors and respects all veterans and ensures the quality of life they have earned.

 
 
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Dean Kaufman

Dean Kaufman served in the U.S. Army as a TOW Missile Repair Technician from 1989-1993 deploying to Southwest Asia for Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm from 1990-1991. He now works as the Veteran Services Officer for the County of Santa Cruz and is the Founder and President of Vets 4 Vets Santa Cruz.

 
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Travis Deyoung

Travis Deyoung served in the Marine Corps from 2007 to 2011, as an aviation supply specialist. Travis was stationed at New River Air Station in North Carolina and Deployed to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq in 2009. After his enlistment Travis and his wife moved to California where he attended Cabrillo College. In 2015 Travis began working at the Santa Cruz County Veteran Services Office as the Veterans Outreach Representative and in 2017 he transitioned into the Veteran Advocate position. Travis continues to work with veterans in Santa Cruz County and is the Treasurer for Vets 4 Vets Santa Cruz.

 
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Terry Plank

Terry signed up at the age of 17 with a MASH Army reserve unit. He went on active duty in 1967 and served as a paratrooper and Combat Medic in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division from September 1967 to October 1968. His favorite post was at the Radar Army Medical Clinic at Ft. Myer, Virginia, which is right across the Potomac River from Arlington Cemetery. He then finished his military service with the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. He is currently the Secretary for Vets 4 Vets Santa Cruz.

 
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Mike Lovejoy

Mike Lovejoy served for 22 years in the Marine Corps, 6 years active duty and 15 years in the Reserves.  He flew the CH-46 and the CH-53 helicopters, deploying to Saudi Arabia in 1991 for Operation Desert Storm.  He is a retired teacher living in Aptos with his wife, Debbie.

 
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Ricardo Espinoza

Ricardo was born and raised in Central California, the oldest of two boys and son to Mexican Immigrants.  He enlisted in the Marine Corps at an early age like most young adolescents who don’t know what they want to be; The Marine Corps took care of that. He was an infantryman and belonged to small units that conducted special operation missions.  After many years in The Marine Corps, he decided to leave and pursue a civilian job that was similar to his previous one. He missed the comradery of the men and women that he served with and so he decided to go back and serve his country in another capacity.  Ricardo currently works for Cabrillo College as a Supplemental Instruction Coordinator. He is the current Board President of the Santa Cruz Memorial Building and board member of Vets for Vets. His mission now, is to continue serving all the men and women who have taken the oath and have put themselves in harm’s way to preserve our way of life. Semper Fidelis!