December 15, 2000

San Diego Veterans Center and Museum to Open New Computer Center

San Diego area veterans will now be able to access a dedicated computer center to work on resumes, perform Internet job searches and send and receive e-mail, thanks to the efforts of County Supervisor Ron Roberts and the San Diego Futures Foundation.

The new center officially opens its doors at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 2115 Park Blvd., the old Balboa Navy Hospital Chapel, in San Diego. The center will also serve as a resource for Eagles Wings, an outreach group to bereaving widows and widowers, and Peace of Mind For The Elderly in supporting its mission of assisting elderly people in need.

"We knew that a computer center would be a much needed valuable resource for our veterans and turned to Supervisor Ron Roberts, for help," said David Brown, editor of the Veteran's Journal. "Supervisor Roberts put us in touch with the San Diego Futures Foundation, and they donated the needed computers."

Brown, a former British Grenadier Guard Warrant Officer and President of Peace of Mind for the Elderly Inc., and Randy Heck, publisher of the Veterans Journal, were instrumental in getting the computer center up and running.

Supervisor Roberts was also instrumental in working with Microsoft and the Futures Foundation to provide Microsoft Office 2000 software on the computers donated by the Foundation.

"Microsoft has been a wonderful supporter of our efforts to bring technology to San Diegans," stated Becky Staw-iski, executive director of the Futures Foundation. "We look forward to their continued support on other future initiatives."

The Pennant Alliance, a team of four Fortune 500 corporations led by Computer Sciences Corporation, established the San Diego Futures Foundation in 1999. The Alliance was awarded the San Diego County Information Technology Outsourcing Contract late last year and includes Science Applications International Corporation, Pacific Bell and Avaya Communications.

The goal of the foundation is to provide information technology hardware, software, communications, and training to San Diego residents, focusing on minorities and technologically disadvantaged groups.

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