“This means so much,” said Steve Ignacio, a 20-year veteran of the US Air Force.
Ignacio was the winner of a drawing sponsored by Document Security Solutions (DSS). DSS is veteran-owned, founder and owner Parish Morris is a 20-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps. “Military Appreciation Day is in May,” said Morris, “and every year we try and do something special to give back.”
The inspiration for this year’s special honor was a family RV trip that Morris took last summer to Big Bear. Despite initial hesitancy by every member of the family, the trip turned out to be “the experience of a lifetime,” said Morris. “It did a lot to bring the family together and they still talk about it to this day!”
While brainstorming on options for this year’s honor, Morris’ office assistant, Ginny Aronson-Hoke, suggested an RV trip. Morris was excited and began shopping for deals that he intended to pay for.
When Zach Zauss of Freedom RV in Murrieta heard of Morris’ plans, he jumped at the opportunity to participate.
“Just about all my family was in the military. If it’s staying in the community, I want to give back. I’ll just give it away! I’m blessed to be a part of this,” he said. DSS is paying for the gas for the trip.
Morris, an affiliate member of the Southwest Riverside County Association of REALTORS® (SRCAR), invited local real estate offices to nominate a worthy veteran for the giveaway. Sixteen local offices participated: Allison James Estates & Homes, Ardent Real Estate Services, Biggs Real Estate Professionals, Century 21 Preferred, Century 21 Wright, Coast & Country Real Estate, Homestar Real Estate Services, Home Quest Properties, Golden Realty, Keller Williams, Rancon Temecula, Rancon Menifee, Realty One Group Southwest, Seaway Properties Real Estate Inc., Shaffer Realty and Mortgage, and Tarbell. The presentation was made at the SRCAR offices in Murrieta.
Ignacio’s name was drawn from among the 29 veterans nominated by the 16 local realty offices. Ignacio was nominated by Jan Baron of Realty One Group Southwest who sold him his home in Murrieta last year. Her broker, Clark Van Deventer, is retired from the US Navy.
“Twenty years in the military, I spent a lot of time away,” said Ignacio. “My family went through a lot of sacrifices.”
Ignacio also commented on the Pledge of Allegiance that opens each SRCAR weekly marketing meeting. “I haven’t heard this publicly in years and this is inspiring; I just wish our country would get back to basics!”
Ignacio is married, has a son who is a graduate of CSU San Marcos and a daughter, Cassie, who just graduated from Great Oak High School two weeks ago. She will also be attending CSU San Marcos. They are planning to take their trip in late July/early August but have not decided on a specific destination yet. Yellowstone, Yosemite, Pacifica and maybe Tahoe are on the list of options.
“Thanks so much to everyone who made this possible,” said Ignacio. “I thank God – this is really a blessing!”
Document Security Solutions can be contacted at (951) 672-6224. Freedom RV is located at 26240 Jackson Avenue, Murrieta; (951) 696-9000. Realty One Group Southwest is at 41463 Margarita Road, Suite 100 in Temecula, CA. (951) 216-2003.