The Annual San Mateo County Veteran of the Year Awards celebrates the dedication of a Veteran, a non-Veteran, and an Enterprise which all demonstate exceptional service to Veterans and the Veteran community in San Mateo County.  We salute all past recipients and the most recent award recipients.  The luncheon was held at the SFO Marriott Waterfront in Burlingame on November 7, 2019 with our keynote speaker, Vice Admiral Linda L. Fagan from the U.S. Coast Guard.  The 2019 Veteran of the Year is Leo McArdle,  John Helin is the 2019 Patriot of the Year, and Jasper Ridge Farm is the 2019 Enterprise of the Year.  Below is the keynote speech and the beautiful stories of the award recipients.






The Veterans Commission will be accepting nominations for each of the award categories through August 28, 2020. Nomination forms may be found at or at the San Mateo County Veteran Services Office at 550 Quarry Road, San Carlos, CA 94070. For questions, please call 650-802-6598.

Veterans Crisis Line

Veterans Fund

The San Mateo County Veterans Fund was created in 2017 and is administered by the San Mateo County Human Services Agency’s County Veterans Office to support veterans’ initiatives and the  needs of the County veteran population. The 2011‐2015 American Community Survey 5‐Year Estimates report that there are 28,739 veterans residing in San Mateo County. Contributions to the Veterans Fund will be considered as a general donation deposited to the Veterans Trust Fund to be used for extraordinary one‐time requests to support veteran individuals who are currently being served by County programs. Extraordinary requests are to fill a special need that is not able to be met through any other funding source or program. Examples of one‐time extraordinary needs can include:

  • Education related expenses (books, course)
  • Required equipment not covered by other funding sources
  • Scholarships
  • Employment related support
  • Re‐integration activities
  • Other related needs

This fund will not pay for administrative or operational expenses; 100% of donated funds are deposited directly to the Veterans Trust Fund account. Funding requests for the Veterans Fund program will be accepted and reviewed by the County Veterans Services Office. Contributions can be made by check payable to the Veteran Trust Fund and mailed to the Human Services Agency, Attention Veterans Trust Fund at 1 Davis Drive, Belmont, CA 94002. For more information about the Veterans Fund, please contact Norman Aleman at (650) 802‐7501.