Two Temecula residents, one Murrieta resident appointed to California Veterans Board by Gov. Jerry Brown

Three Riverside County residents were among five people appointed to the California Veterans Board, the governor’s office announced today.

Anthony Gilliland of Temecula, Sean Sargeant of Murrieta and Gena Truitt of Temecula were selected by Gov. Jerry Brown to serve on the board, which operates as the advocacy arm of the California Department of Veterans Affairs.

The other two appointees are Hugh Crooks of Los Angeles and Caroline Morales of Yucaipa.

Each appointee must be confirmed by the state Senate.

Gilliland is a senior vice president for Wells Fargo Advisors and a former Ford Motor Company executive. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1977 to 1997.

Sargeant is an Orange County Probation Department officer and has served in the Marine Corps Reserve since 1988. He attained the rank of master sergeant in 2010.

Truitt is a case manager for U.S. VETS, a nonprofit that provides financial assistance, job training and housing support for veterans. She served in the U.S. Navy from 2000 to 2004.

According to its website, the California Veterans Board’s mission is “identifying needs and working to ensure and enhance the rights and benefits of California veterans and their dependents.”

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