A native of Boston, Commander Curley began his naval service in June of 1984 graduating from Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island; in 1988, he received an honorable discharge so he could pursue law enforcement and seek a College education. While working as a police and parole officer, he attended Nursing school at Armstrong Atlantic State University and graduated in May of 2000 when he accepted a Direct Commission into the United States Navy Nurse Corps where he was assigned to various duties in the US and abroad until August 2010. Commander Curly then reported to US Naval Hospital Okinawa as Department Head until 2014 when he became the Perioperative Instructor and Nurse Planner for continuing medical education and nursing at the USC Medical Center in Los Angeles until October of 2017. After his illustrious career spanning from 1984 until present day, Commander Curley is currently serving as the Department Head for the main operating room at the Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton CA and is a member of VANC’s Board of Directors in Oceanside CA.
As a proud 40-year Oceanside resident, maintaining strong ties to our local military and education communities has always been a high priority for Camo. In addition to his military career, his wife, Mary (retired), served 35 years as a principal and teacher with the Oceanside Unified School District. Born and raised in Seward, Nebraska, he attended University of Nebraska in Lincoln where completed his bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 1967, with an emphasis in Personnel and Industrial Relations. Upon college graduation, he was immediately commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving as an Amphibian Tractor Platoon Commander. Subsequently, he became a Navy Certified S.C.U.B.A. Diver/USMC Water Survival Instructor. He also earned a Naval Aviator designation, flying UH-1 "Huey" Marine helicopters. He graduated from the Department of Defense Professional Military Comptroller School. Sequential tours soon followed as the Assistant Chief of Staff, Comptroller, Third Marine Aircraft Wing, First Marine Division, I Marine Amphibious Force, and the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. In January 1989, after 23-plus years of service, he proudly retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Marine Corps.
Chuck is a 27-year Veteran who served in the Coast Guard Reserve, Marine Corps, and Air Force Reserve. Atkinson was the Commander of American Legion Post 146 for seven years, and was named Veteran of the Year by the City of Oceanside in 2014. He has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the San Diego Veterans Coalition among his many honors. Chuck has dedicated himself to helping Veterans and active duty service people succeed.
In his 25 years of business experience, Michael has run businesses in the US, Europe, and Asia. He managed the team responsible for planning the manufacturing and shipment of LEGO Products in North America. He has worked in start-up companies, corporations, and his own business. He has volunteered with The Scripps Research Institute and Boys and Girls Club of Carlsbad. He served as a Director for the North County San Diego Veterans Stand Down in 2017. He also represents VANC through the Oceanside Chamber and the Chamber’s Military Affairs Committee. Michael retired his US Army Infantry Commission as a First Lieutenant. Michael is currently a Financial Advisor in Carlsbad, CA. Michael and his wife Sharon live in Oceanside and have two sons.
In her 30 years of business experience, Lori has been a successful local business owner, worked for Adventist Healthcare, and worked for the American Cancer Society. Over the past 20+ years, she has volunteered for numerous organizations such as the Oceanside Unified School District, the Oceanside Museum of Art, and the Assistance League of North Coast. She served as a Director for the North County San Diego StandDown in 2017. She also represents VANC through the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber’s Military Affairs Committee. Lori and her husband Michael live in Oceanside and Michael volunteers at VANC every week.
Dan began his career volunteering for the United States Army and attended helicopter pilots’ training. He was made a Warrant Officer 1 after which he flew combat assault missions in Vietnam with the 1st Cavalry. He received various awards including the Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Silver Star. Due to wounds received as a pilot, he was no longer physically able to fly and retired from the US Army. He subsequently earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Long Beach State University. He founded a glass company which he ran for thirty years, before selling it and retiring. He has been married to his wife, Jeanne, for forty years. Jeanne, who earned her Doctorate in Education, recently retired as a Director with the Oceanside Unified School District. They have three daughters and one son – all were raised in Oceanside. Their son is a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army.
Brenda in her 50 years of business experience has run businesses in New Jersey and California. She is the former VP/CEO of a major property management company and is currently an active Realtor in San Diego and South Riverside County. She has been named Best in Customer Service by San Diego Magazine for 7 years. Brenda and her husband Don live in San Marcos and have 5 sons and 3 grandsons. She has been with VANC since 2012.
Suzanne graduated from Massey University (New Zealand) in 1986. Her accomplishments since include liaison for government departments in New Zealand and France, Computer Lab Instructional Facilitator in Indian Head, MD, Operation Hero Facilitator/Event Coordinator at MCB Camp Pendleton, and finally Director of Events and Community Relations at MCB Camp Pendleton from 2009 to 2018.
John entered the Army on 1 December 1966. Meyer arrived at FOB 1 in Phu Bai in May 1968, where he joined Spike Team Idaho. John is a life member of the Special Operations Association Chapter 78, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the VFW, American Legion, United Veterans Council, the San Diego Veterans Coalition, One VA, and is chairman of Interfaith Community Service’s Veterans Advisory Committee.
Richard is a 20 year veteran of the United States Marine Corps. During his time in service, he served in Operations in Kuwait, Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan. He was also assigned duty as a Marine Corps Drill Instructor at Marine Corps Recruit Depot at San Diego, California. Richard received multiple awards while in the Marine Corps. His volunteer efforts include working with the City of Fallbrook, California as well as the Orange County, California Fair. He has received recognition from the State Senate of the State of California. He has also been awarded the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. He has held numerous positions at Toastmasters International. Currently a member of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Society of American Military Engineers and Asian-American Journalist Association. Richard retired as a Gunnery Sergeant. He currently works as a Military Transition Support Specialist helping active duty military members prepare for civilian employment.
34-year Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. Throughout his career he served in a variety of challenging command and staff assignments as an enlisted Marine and a commissioned officer. Upon retirement from active duty in 2008, he transitioned to the private sector for a short stint with the Virginia-bases Science Applications International Corporation. He soon accepted positions with the Federal government, serving in leadership positions with the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency; U.S. General Service Administration, and the Department of Veterans Affairs until his recent retirement in February 2018.
The Veterans Association of North County Resource Center is the inspiration of veteran Chuck Atkinson. As a Past Commander of the American Legion Post #146, his dream, initially, was to locate a place where his American Legion Post could meet on a regular basis. However, he had long felt that the North County area lacked a cohesive mechanism for providing important services to his fellow veterans and to the service men and women in the community, and so he began to collaborate with other veteran associations and the City of Oceanside to find a solution.His efforts resulted in the signing of a lease between the City of Oceanside and the Veterans Association of North County for the property at 1617 Mission Avenue in Oceanside. The site currently features a 13,500 square foot structure that previously housed the Oceanside Police Department. Construction began in 2013 to transform the existing building into a facility that addressed the specific needs of our veterans, retired, active duty personnel, and their families.Now we need your help to maintain the building and property, our many programs, and the future goals of VANC. There are many ways to provide your support. From sponsorship opportunities to donations of goods and services. We invite you to call us, walk in for a tour, or visit our website at www.vanc.me to learn more about VANC and our efforts to assist veterans throughout the area.
The Veterans Association of North County Resource Center is the inspiration of veteran Chuck Atkinson. As a Past Commander of the American Legion Post #146, his dream, initially, was to locate a place where his American Legion Post could meet on a regular basis. However, he had long felt that the North County area lacked a cohesive mechanism for providing important services to his fellow veterans and to the service men and women in the community, and so he began to collaborate with other veteran associations and the City of Oceanside to find a solution. His efforts resulted in the signing of a lease between the City of Oceanside and the Veterans Association of North County for the property at 1617 Mission Avenue in Oceanside. The site currently features a 13,500 square foot structure that previously housed the Oceanside Police Department. Construction began in 2013 to transform the existing building into a facility that addressed the specific needs of our veterans, retired, active duty personnel, and their families.Now we need your help to maintain the building and property, our many programs, and the future goals of VANC. There are many ways to provide your support. From sponsorship opportunities to donations of goods and services. We invite you to call us, walk in for a tour, or visit our website at www.vanc.me to learn more about VANC and our efforts to assist veterans throughout the area.
VANC was the inspiration of Veteran Chuck Atkinson. As Past Commander of American Legion Post #146, Mr. Atkinson wanted to find a place for meetings. However, he also felt North San Diego County lacked a cohesive system to provide important services for his fellow Veterans, active duty, Reserve, Guard, and retirees. Working with other Veteran organizations and the City of Oceanside, Chuck secured a 60 year lease of the 13,500 square-foot facility at 1617 Mission Avenue, which formerly housed the Oceanside Police Department. VANC is a place where Veterans, active-duty, Reserve, Guard, retirees, and their families can meet, work together, and build a better future. The center provides information about social services, hosts classes, and delivers other support for those who serve our country.
Through your generous donations and contributions, the VANC Resource Center is a reality. We need your continuing support to maintain and continue our mission and goals. Please open your hearts to those who have risked their lives for you. You can help by donating funds for building maintenance, project construction and engineering expertise, or volunteering your time to help maintain this much needed facility for our local veterans.
For more information, to make a donation or to sponsor, please contact us at 760-722-1277. Thank you for honoring the veterans from our own community who have gone into harm’s way to protect our freedom.