Santa Barbara, Calif., April 27, 2016— Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation (PCVF) welcomes retired Army Master Sgt. Jon L. Parra to the Board of Directors. Jon brings 20 years of experience in the Army with numerous years in leadership roles, extensive course training and multiple recognitions.
Jon was born in Los Angeles and enlisted in the Army in 1993. His military education includes a variety of courses spanning from Primary Leadership Development, Basic Noncommissioned Office to Master Gunner and Advanced Airborne School – Jumpmaster. He was honored with numerous accolades during his time of service, including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.
Upon Jon’s retirement from the Army in 2013, he served as the inaugural Veterans Service Coordinator at the UC Santa Barbara Veterans Resource Center. He is a co-founder of SBTactical, a company which offers active shooter training equipment for law enforcement. A Goleta resident, he and his wife Yuliya have two children, Keana and Daniel.
About Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation
Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation is committed to honoring the men and women who have served in U.S. military efforts. PCVF does this by supporting veterans and active duty members in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties as well as preserving military history and legacy. The Foundation is developing a Veterans Museum in downtown Santa Barbara as well as the “Wings of Honor” public art piece at the Santa Barbara Airport, both of which uphold Pierre Claeyssen’s vision that those who have served are “Never Forgotten.” PCVF is funded entirely by private donations. For more information, visit www.pcvf.org or call (805) 259-4394.