Here’s a video post sent courtesy of Hayward resident Esther Howard, whose son, Brandon, just returned from Iraq:
My boy is now back in the US though not in the Bay Area. He won’t be outprocessed from Ft Lewis until December and may stay up in Washington to use his VA loan and GI Bill.
The following link is to a video made by his buddy Dan’s brother-in-law (he is the main focus of the video). You will see what we saw on the gym wall being linked in from McChord AFB to Ft Lewis. It was the middle of the night but so worth every second to be there. At the end of the video after you see his buddy hug his dad, when the scene pans out…to the right is my boy ! getting his first hug on US soil from me and then his sisters. I hope you check it out. It is the only video we have of our hero coming back to us.
Sincerely Esther L Howard
PS: Do you know of any Veteran’s Day events going on in our area? Seems so strange that this year I will be honoring my own son along with his friends!
More than 30 percent of Hayward’s city workers, or 280 people, made six-figure incomes in the last fiscal year. Thirty of them made more than $150,000, and all but three of those 30 were firefighters or police officers of varying ranks.