CSUSB graduate recognized by state Sen. Roth for his work with Inland Empire military veterans
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – A Cal State San Bernardino graduate has been honored by state Sen. Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) for his work in developing a program to assist military veterans in the Inland Empire.
Gregory R. Coker, who completed his master’s degree in rehabilitative counseling and is the founder and CEO of the Reaching New Heights Foundation Inc. based in Riverside, was one of the people honored by Roth’s Veterans Recognition Program in October.
“I am humbled and honored to be recognized by our elected state representative. It shows that he is focused on things that help veterans,” Coker said.
Roth, who retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2007 at the rank of major general, uses the Veterans Recognition Program to honor military veterans for both their military service as well as their contributions to civilian society. Many veterans have become fully integrated into their communities and are an integral part of every profession imaginable.
Coker himself is a veteran who retired at the rank of sergeant major from the U.S. Army and Army Reserves after serving 26 years. He established Reaching New Heights in September 2013 to help Inland Empire veterans who face challenges of varying degrees.
“Reaching New Heights is committed to helping Inland Empire’s veterans and their family transition from active duty, in crisis or homelessness towards stability,” Coker said. “Through collaboration, RNHFI is able to deliver a comprehensive care plan to improve the quality of life for veterans.”
According to the nonprofit group’s Facebook page, “We provide housing, resources, and career development workshops to help veterans take their first step or final step in making their dreams a reality. By collaborating and building new partnerships with other organizations and individuals, we can provide customized services and assistance in improving the quality of life of veterans by:
- Providing housing for veterans that are transitioning from active duty and homeless;
- Creating a resource center to support veterans and community at large; and
- Offering education/employment support resources.”
Coker said, “I take some of my greatest insights from General Colin Powell’s book, ‘It Worked for Me in Life and Leadership,’ rule 13: ‘Perpetual Optimism is a force multiplier.’”
About Cal State San Bernardino
California State University, San Bernardino is a preeminent center of intellectual and cultural activity in Inland Southern California. Opened in 1965 and set at the foothills of the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains, the university serves more than 20,000 students each year and graduates about 4,000 students annually. The university offers more than 70 traditional baccalaureate and master’s degree programs, education credential and certificate programs, and a doctorate program in educational leadership. Every one of its academic programs that is eligible has earned national accreditation. CSUSB reflects the dynamic diversity of the region and has the most diverse student population of any university in the Inland Empire. More than 80 percent of those who graduate are the first in their families to do so.