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Mar 14

Disability Compensation and Claims Process

The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet), California Transition Assistance Program (CalTAP), in partnership with Skyline College, City College of San Francisco, and the San Francisco VA's Student Veteran Health Program, would like to invite student veterans and their families to attend our upcoming workshop as we explore the PACT Act, compensation claims, and appeals process. Representatives will be available to provide valuable information, resources, and answer your questions.

City College of San Francisco Veteran Resource Center
50 Frida Kahlo Way, Cloud Hall - Room 332, San Francisco, CA 94112
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Virtual location

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Mar 14, 2024 12:00pm - Mar 14, 2024 01:00pm

Free

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Meet our Guest Speakers

Jennifer Rudquist, Training Coordinator 

CalVet, CalTAP 

 

Jennifer Rudquist was raised in the military community as her father served 20 years in the United States Air Force (USAF), she had the opportunity to live in several countries and experience a rich life of culture. 

 

When Jennifer graduated high school, she decided to enlist in the USAF from 1996-2000 and served as a Security Forces Airman and Command Support Staff for the 319th Missile Squadron stationed at F.E. Warren AFB in Cheyanne, WY.  

 

After transitioning out of active duty, she pursued her passion for teaching by utilizing her GI Bill to obtain her degree in Child Development and Education. For the next 18 years, Jennifer used this degree to teach and own a successful preschool program. 

 

When it came time to make a career change, the CalTAP team was an easy choice as it gave Jennifer a similar structure to her military career. Jennifer states “Being a CalTAP Training Coordinator allows me to combine my passion for teaching and serving veterans. I feel honored to work for CalVet and to serve the present, past, and future military members and their families.” 



Kevin Graves, Bay Area LINC 

CalVet 


Kevin Graves is a survivor and Gold Star Father. His son, SPC Joseph A. Graves, was KIA just outside of Baghdad, Iraq on 25 Jul 06. Joey was killed while serving in the 720th MP BN, 110th CO out of Ft. Hood, Texas. Joey was Kevin’s only child and was raised by his father as a single parent from the age of nine. 


At that time, Kevin had been in the construction industry for thirty years. The loss of his child ultimately resulted in the loss of his career. In searching for direction and purpose, Kevin started working on legislation to provide Gold Star license plates to families of the fallen. With the assistance of CalVet, as the sponsoring agency, the ‘Gold Star Family’ license plate bill was signed into law in 2009. Kevin, alongside another Gold Star father, wanted to make sure that the bill was designed to show recognition to all immediate family members that had sacrificed so much. They also made sure it included all eras. 


In 2010, still searching for a purpose and with no prior service, Kevin was struggling with understanding the experiences his son had in the military. In January of 2010, Kevin was sworn into the Cal Guard as a 56M, Chaplains Assistant. This fulfilled the need Kevin had to earn the right to wear the uniform his son so proudly wore. Kevin is currently a Sergeant First Class serving the 185th MP BN out of Pittsburg, CA.  


As the Bay Area LINC, Kevin provides outreach to approximately 360,000 veterans and their families in a ten-county region. His role with CalVet ties into his survivor support by continually advocating on behalf of survivor families. Kevin feels honored to provide veterans and their families with resources and benefits and he is passionate about this mission that is fueled by the sacrifice of his son. 

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