Speakers Bureau

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The purpose of the Returning Veterans of Diablo Valley Speakers Bureau is to offer the public a source of authentic information about America’s modern military Veterans. We engage with students from grammar school to college level. Our Veterans provide “Living History” lessons, and our speakers include members of all branches of military service. We are a non-political, non-partisan organization; therefore, no current politics are discussed. If any questions are asked of that nature they are respectfully declined to be answered and we move forward in our presentations.

If you are a Veteran that would like to participate, please become a member now, and indicate your interest on the form.

If you are a teacher or educator in the area, and would like to schedule a presenter, please email: ryan@returningvetsofdiablovalley.org
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Oak Grove Elementary 4/8/2019

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Oak Grove Elementary 1/24/2020

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