Vanguard Student Works to Revive Veterans Post in Costa Mesa

Featured in the Orange County Register, one Vanguard University student aims to revive a dying American Legionnaire Post in Costa Mesa.

Studying full time for a degree in kinesiology at Vanguard University, and being the newly elected post commander for Costa Mesa Post 455, Gabriel Corona knows what it means to work hard. He plans to revive the declining Post 455 through inviting older veterans back and recruiting new veterans from Orange Coast College and Vanguard.

As the founder and former president of the Vanguard Student Veterans Club, Corona’s mission has always been to help veterans through leadership and providing community. Corona wants to keep veterans from falling into isolation and depression by providing a group that does more than gather for drinks and reminiscing. He wants a group that plays sports, works out, cycles, runs obstacle courses and comes alongside the community, together.

Currently, the Costa Mesa Post has a below average number of members and no building to call their own. After the Costa Mesa American Legion Hall was demolished in 1989, members have held meetings in various buildings around Costa Mesa. Today, they use the Costa Mesa Community Center, but Corona’s hope is to have a place where they can keep their doors “open constantly.”

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