Meet the Commander

Thank you for your interest in Post 7263 and it's continuing mission to serve the community of Santa Cruz, and veterans everywhere.

Here's a little about me and how I came to serve as our post's commander:
The year was 1966.  I graduated from James Marshall High School in Sacramento, and later that summer, joined the Army.  I served in Viet Nam from August 1967 though August of 1968 as a Crew Chief and Door Gunner on a Huey Gunship and returned home in 1969.  After my time in service, for twenty-five years I worked in the construction industry. I transitioned into a telecommunications career with Pacific Bell as a lineman, installer and maintenance technician for fifteen years.  I've been a proud member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars for over twenty-five years, and joined our local Post 7263 five years ago.  I had the privilege of being elected Commander for the last two years and have just agreed to a third term.

God blessed me with a wonderful life partner in my lovely wife of 17 years.  She shares her two children and 5 grandchildren with me, and it's been an absolute delight to be 'Papa' to the little ones.

Wednesdays you can find me at the Emeline Complex in Santa Cruz feeding veterans in need, or on Thursdays at the Ben Lomond Fire Camp, where state prisoners learn to fight fires.  I am very active in the men's ministries and the veteran's outreach at Twin Lakes Church.

Basically, I love meeting and helping people.  Maybe I'll see you at one of our community dinners . . .  or stop by the post and say 'hello'.  I'd love a chance to meet you.

Thank you in advance for helping me and everyone involved with Post 7236 show veterans how much we care about them (our brothers and sisters) and appreciate their service.


Ronald Petty
VFW Post 7263