Veterans & Military Programs
Operation Stay connected (OSC) is part of America Supporting Americans (ASA), which began in 1967 as a effort to raise troop morale by initiating letter writing between City residents and active duty troops serving in Vietnam. In 2003, the City of La Habra adopted Charlie Company, 426th Brigade support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division, a medical unit based at Kentucky's Fort Campbell military base. The City's relationship was reaffirmed in 2005 with the passage of Resolution No. 5098. Since then, City residents and non-profit organizations have worked with the City to collect and ship donated items to Charlie Company during its deployments, forging a bond between our community and the military men and women who bravely serve their country.
Charlie Company is currently stateside at its home base in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. At this time, we are not collecting items.
Donate money and Gift Cards – The supplies we collect need to be mailed by the U.S. Postal Service, so we need funds to cover postage. Please make checks payable to “City of La Habra”. Gift cards are used to purchase supplies. We mail packages out quarterly, so donations can be dropped off any time and will be included in the upcoming shipment.
Donate Supplies – The following is a list of items needed:
- Personal care – should be individual/travel size: unscented wipes, hand sanitizer, soap, body wash, shampoo, crème rinse, toothpaste, deodorant, disposable razors, shaving gel, Chapstick, lip balm, sunscreen (SPF 45 or higher)
- Recreational – Current magazines, books, new release DVDs and CDs (no adult material)
- Food – should be packaged in individual serving sizes and need only water to prepare: Starbucks coffee (pre-ground), tea bags, powdered drink mixes, snacks & snack mixes, sunflower seeds & nuts, beef jerky, tuna pouches, macaroni & cheese, ramen (no pork products)
- Miscellaneous – International phone cards, pocket fans, handwritten cards and letters thanking them for their service
Donations can be dropped off at the Community Center, 101 W. La Habra Blvd. For more information, please contact Melissa Rivera at 562-383-4209 or .
Blue Star Committee
The Blue Star Families group was formed by members of the La Habra Veterans Committee to create a platform where military family members can join with civilian communities and leaders to address the challenges of military life. Blue Star Families includes active duty, National Guard, Reserve, wounded, transitioning service members and their families from all ranks and services, as well as veterans and civilians who strongly support them. We are committed to connecting one another through the unique challenges of military service and asking the larger civilian populations to help as well, strengthening military families regardless of rank, branch of service or physical location, and leading military family members toward opportunities to build strength in individuals, families and communities. For more information, please contact Melissa Rivera at 562-383-4209.
Military Banner Program
In 2006, the City of La Habra established a mlitary banner program to honor active duty residents. The banners, which are displayed for three years from the date of installation, include the service person's name and branch of service. In 2014, the Veterans Committee expanded the banner program to include veterans. The cost of a banner is $300. For more information on the Military Banner Program or to purchase a banner, please contact Melissa Flores at 562-383-4209 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please click here to download the Military Banner application brochure.
Red Shirt Fridays
Red Shirt Fridays' purpose is to show support for service men and women, regardless of the nations's specific military missions, by wearing red every Friday. In 2012, the City of La Habra adopted Red Shirt Fridays for its employees and encourages residents to also do so.
Please click here to download a brochure that includes all the Veterans & Military Programs.