March 25, 2017 | By Jonathan Winslow
Photo Credit - Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG: Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team players wait to be announced during the 3rd Annual Veterans Resource Fair at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo on Saturday, March 25, 2017.
MISSION VIEJO — Hundreds gathered at Saddleback College on Saturday, March 25, for the third annual Veterans Resource Fair, which offered both typical and unexpected services for veterans.
The fair included all the usual groups: Patriots and Paws, Veterans of Foreign Wars – who were serving up barbecue to long lines – and more offering help with everything from PTSD to real estate.
One of this year’s standouts was a new group, Battlefields to Ballfields, which sets veterans up with jobs as sports officials and referees at local schools. It pays their costs for the first several years and providing them mentors to sharpen their skills. The program was started by former NFL referee Mike Pereira.