How an Eastvale man is helping veterans transition to civilian life

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By MELANIE C. JOHNSON

Between his stints in the Army and the Army reserves, retired Sgt. Maj. Gregory Coker spent 26 years, nine months and 11 days in service to his country.

That dedication to a cause greater than himself stayed with Coker once he finished his final years of active duty in 2014. So much so that the Eastvale resident began working on a plan, even before retirement, to launch a nonprofit focused on helping military service members transition to civilian life.

Coker’s Riverside-based Reaching New Heights Foundation Inc. helps struggling veterans find transitional and permanent housing, assists with job and educational training, provides mentoring through a court treatment program and connects them with any additional resources they might need.

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