In Honor of Veterans Day, Michelle Steel, Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors is releasing the following statement:
“Today is a reminder for all Americans to remember the sacrifices that our men and women in uniform have made to defend the freedoms that so many of us take for granted. Since the Battle of Lexington and Concord, Americans of all stripes have fought to defend our great nation from tyranny and oppression. Our brave men and women serving in the US Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard and the new Space Force all deserve the respect of the American people for their tireless dedication to the safety and security of our nation. These brave individuals guard everything that we hold sacred and we all owe them our thanks.”
In honoring our veterans, on September 15th, Chairwoman Steel introduced a proposal, which was unanimously approved by her colleagues, to update and expand the county’s veterans hiring preference program. The expanded program provides a preference in the employment process to all eligible veterans and eligible members of the National Guard and Reserves. Additionally, eligible spouses of disabled and deceased veterans can also apply under the program, making Orange County’s veterans employment preference policy will be the most veteran friendly county program in the state.
Further, at the October 6th board meeting, Chairwoman Steel introduced the Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise, cosponsored with Vice Chairman Andrew Do, which gives disabled veteran business owners helping hand in their ability to secure county contracts.
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First elected to the Orange County Board of Supervisors in 2014, Michelle Steel represents the residents of the Second District, which includes, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Huntington Beach, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Stanton, the unincorporated area of Rossmoor, and portions of Buena Park and Fountain Valley. Steel, a successful businesswoman and renowned taxpayer advocate, previously served as Vice Chair of the State Board of Equalization where she represented more than eight million people in Southern California, including all of Orange County, as one of the state’s 12 constitutional officers.