It’s what they must do. It’s what they did overseas fighting in one of America’s many wars protecting our freedom from foreign tyrants and it’s what they do here today in Ventura County California. The world is on fire as Americans are being goaded into Civil War at home and World War III abroad but our veterans are still coming to the support of needy teammates.

A terrific article by columnist JC Oberst appearing in the Ventura County Star exemplifies this dedication of those who have served. Entitled, “GI Bill benefit is valuable to vets,” the column covers the Post 9/11 GI Bill, a program Oberst calls “one of the most coveted benefits service members earn for serving in today’s military.”

Reading beyond the enlightening discussion of the benefits of the GI Bill, down under the heading, “The award goes to …”, Oberst brings our attention to something else of great relevance, what he calls “This month’s Bravo Zulu” which the columnist awards to the 801 Motorcycle Club. My first question is answered when I flip the Google switch and find the 801 Motorcycle Club Simi Valley is a veteran-based club.


It all makes sense in that we’re dealing with American veterans here in Ventura County and Oberst is saying the 801 Motorcycle Club did something terrific I just have no idea what it might be or what a Bravo Zulu is, or who might be authorized to award such a thing to whom. Citing civilian ignorance I again flip the Google switch to find that Bravo Zulu is actually a term of affection meaning “well done.”

Bravo Zulu originates from the U.S. Navy, writes Tim Kirkpatrick in We Are The Mighty. It’s a nautical term that, according to the Navy, comes from the Allied Naval Signal Book that was created by NATO as a system of signals displayed by either a flag hoist or voice radio to communicate and relay messages back and forth between various naval vessels.

Armed with better perspective I can see Oberst’s appreciation expressed toward the Simi Valley based motorcycle club is a military originated kudos that has been used since the early 1950s for Top Guns no matter where they may be found or in what form. In this instance Bravo Zulu says job well done to former brothers at arms. In his column JC Oberst is giving high praise to 801 Motorcycle Club because they supported American veterans by holding a fund-raising event in August with all proceeds from their event going to the Turning Point Foundation’s veterans transitional housing program. This references Turning Point Foundation’s street outreach program that is designed to help address the needs of U.S. veterans by bringing together all the social services in Ventura County California helping to create a safety net of support to those who have given so much.


The 801 Motorcycle Club also “donated a new smart TV for the 15 veterans who live in the veterans transitional housing in Ventura,” Oberst writes, calling it “a place where homeless veterans get a new chance on life.”

Keep up the great work 801 Motorcycle Club Simi Valley in bringing a little more quality of life to those in need and thank you Turning Point Foundation for all you do to help out Ventura County’s veterans. Hopefully the upcoming holidays will remind all of us that there is much work left to be done.

If we can somehow find the will and heart to dig deep to find the resources that will be necessary to bring adequate aid to all of those who are desperate for our help. American veterans and senior citizens are numbers one and two on that list in no particular order. We will have to work harder to raise their collective voices so their needs can be heard and understood. This is the only way to reach solution to the many problems that face both veterans and the elderly.

American politicians, the House, and the Senate, must open their collective ears and be made aware of the vast and growing housing and healthcare crisis affecting these two growing and vulnerable U.S. sub-populations.