2024 Spirit of Volunteerism Honoree – Cory Vigil

Published: March 19, 2024

Honoree’s Name: Cory Vigil

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:


We want to honor and celebrate Mr. Cory Vigil’s outstanding contributions as the Veterans Emergency Assistance Fund Service Officer for the American Legion Post 291. Cory’s commitment to supporting veterans and exemplary service over the past five years has left an indelible mark on the community.

Originally hailing from Denver, Colorado, Cory served in the United States Navy for a commendable eight years, completing two enlistments and participating in significant deployments such as Operation Desert Strike, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Southern Watch. Following his second honorable discharge in 2006, Cory relocated to Orange County, where he has continued to serve the veteran community with dedication and passion.

For the past five years, Cory has volunteered tirelessly as the Service Officer at the American Legion Newport Harbor Post 291, all while juggling two full-time jobs. His commitment to the Veterans Emergency Assistance Fund has been exemplary. During the challenging times of the pandemic, Cory raised an impressive $240,000 to support veterans in Orange County, California.

Currently, Cory is a lead peer navigator with Strong Families/Strong Children, aiding military-connected families in their transition with peer support and clinical services. His second role with the Mental Health Association is to lead the Irvine Grant, which supports all veterans in Irvine. Cory’s dedication extends beyond his professional roles. He also provides invaluable military 101 training to the community, fostering understanding and empathy towards veterans and their unique challenges.

Cory’s expertise in various areas, including VA programs, homeless issues, re-entry, diversion courts, and veteran benefits, is truly remarkable. His active involvement in organizations such as the American Legion, VFW Anaheim, and the Marine Corps League South Coast Detachment 022 further showcases his commitment to positively impacting veterans’ lives.

Cory’s dedication to assisting veterans in need has not gone unnoticed. It is with great pleasure that we highlight that recently, he was bestowed with the prestigious Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award, a testament to his unwavering commitment to the welfare of veterans and his outstanding contributions to the American Legion Post 291.

Cory Vigil’s selfless service and dedication to the well-being of veterans deserve the highest recognition. He is a shining example of what it means to be a dedicated and compassionate individual in service to our nation’s heroes. This recognition will serve as a source of inspiration, further fueling Cory’s passion and dedication as he continues to make a meaningful impact in supporting our country’s veterans.

One thought on “2024 Spirit of Volunteerism Honoree – Cory Vigil

  1. Wow Mr Vigil. That was great to read about all the amazing things you have done for the community. Thank you for your service in the Navy and your volunteer work in the community.

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