The Northern California
& Heritage Center
The Northern California Veterans Museum is an IRS Registered 501 (c) 3 Non-profit organization. 100% of any donations we receive are used directly for the Museum and our Community and Veterans Outreach programs.
All donations are tax deductible.
Our organization is grass roots and 100% Volunteer run.
Current and Upcoming Events
Tune in to Battlefield Expressions a Veterans Information, History & Service Program
Saturdays 9AM - 11 AM hosted by Senior Chief Rob Burroughs
Established in 2005 as the Northern California Veterans Museum and Heritage Center. The NCVM & HC is a nonprofit, 501 © (3) (31-31001184) organization dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and to honor Veterans of all branches of the United States Military. Maintaining this history and tradition in ways that might not otherwise be available through appropriated funds.
The foundations mission will include the planning and development of the new Northern California Veterans Museum and (Heritage Center, to follow during the second stage of development). The Museum will forever document and depict the story of American history as seen through the eyes of its Veterans.
The Director and staff of the Foundation will implement the following mission, vision and goals for the continual development of the Northern California Veterans Museum and Heritage Center.
The Northern California Veterans Museum Foundation shall fulfill its purpose through aggressive fund raising beyond our affinity audience (the local Veterans and the North State Community), reaching out to other parties such as government, philanthropists, educational foundations and others who welcome to its attention in order to preserve and propagate the history, traditions and culture of the United States Military and to educate all Americans in its virtues.
The Foundations vision for the future includes the following items:
Planning, funding and completing the Northern California Veterans Museum (1st stage).
Planning, funding and completing the Heritage Center (2nd stage).
Creating and nurturing an endowment fund, which promotes continuing education focused on the culture, history and values of the United States military.
Promoting the Northern California Veterans Museums’ long term historical research plus educational activities through financial and intellectual pre-eminence among all military oriented foundations and associations.
The Northern California Veterans Museum Foundations goals shall also include the following:
Raising funds to complete the development and construction of the Northern California Veterans Museum and Heritage Center to include Congressional Medal of Honor and Purple Heart Memorial Park including a Memorial Chapel.
Increase the endowment that supports all of the foundations programs through systematic annual augmentation and emphasis on seeking educational grants.
Meet the Board Members
Rob Burroughs - Director
US Navy Seabees Senior Chief
Thomas Johnson - Vice President US Army, Vietnam
Dianna Burroughs - Director
Debbi Johnson - Secretary
John Baker - USAF Aviation Specialist, Korean War
Jim Gibson, LTC US Navy, Retired, Korean War/Vietnam
Michelle Quistorff - Homeward Bound Liaison, Battlefield Expression Program Coordinator
Homeward Bound Military Family Support Services
Homeward Bound Military Family Support Services (HB) provides emergency financial, educational, nutritional, and other assistances to family members of Military Personnel, and to returning Injured Warriors.
Honor, Patriotism and Service to Country: We believe that those who wear our Country’s uniform and those who serve our nation faithfully, who support our American Values and sacrifice for our fellow Americans deserve the honor and respect of a grateful nation and the support of their Home Front communities.
We are committed to the highest standards of ethical conduct in all that we do. Honesty and Integrity engender trust, which is the cornerstone we strive for while providing our services. We are careful stewards of the resources provided by our donors and we strive to be good citizens and take responsibility for our actions.
HB is an organization whose mission is to show appreciation and express gratitude to members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their family members.
HB is an outreach program that falls under the 501(C) 3 and IRS tax exemption of the Northern California Veterans Museum & Heritage Center.
HB accomplishes its mission by offering programs and services for POST 9-11 Veterans, Military Personnel and their Families.
HB believes that just saying “Thank you” is not enough and the words “Thank you” need to be followed with action and commitment to meet the varied needs of the community it serves.
HB realizes that no one resource can meet all needs and works cooperatively with Federal, State, County and City Veteran Services as well as other non-profit organizations to help to meet the needs of those who have given so much for our Freedom and their support element, the “Military Family”.
HB provides direct services to alleviate a Military Family’s and a Military Individual’s emergency financial burden, as well as counseling and/or recovery support and advocacy. Emergency financial help is in the form of checks/vouchers paid directly to mortgage lenders, utility companies, auto mechanics, contractors, hospitals, and medical providers.
Key challenges for our organization include:
Monetary & In-Kind donations for services provided I.E. home furnishings, used vehicles, disabled veterans services such as home and auto repairs, food bank services, & office building expansion.
Battlefield Expressions PTSD Art Therapy
DISCLAIMER: Battlefield Expressions is a non-clinical therapeutic art program. If you find yourself in crisis or life threatening emergency and in need of a clinician or other mental health support please call 9-1-1. If it is a non-medical emergency and you still need mental health support, please contact the VETERANS CRISIS LINE at 1-800-273-8255 & press 1. (Provided by Team AMVETS Dept of California.)
Battlefield Expressions PTSD Art Therapy is a brand new program developed by the Northern California Veterans Museum & Heritage Center and Homeward Bound Military Family Support Services.
The Mission of Battlefield Expressions PTSD Art Therapy is designed to reach out to qualified Veterans and their families in Northern California who are sheltering in place due to Military related illnesses and or those who are sheltering in place due to Covid-19.
The program reaches out to Military men and women, their spouses and their children. Gold Star Families and Military Widows are invited to participate in this program as well. This program is designed to help them share their emotions and experiences due to trauma and exposure from extreme Military life, by allowing these individuals to express themselves artistically through various art mediums.
We know that Art Therapy brings a healing process to a troubled individual that may not be able to express their pain and suffering, feelings and emotions or other life experiences verbally.
The program is also designed to reach out to a Veteran or family member in a comfortable setting where they can express themselves at their own pace and at their own comfort level without the fear of ridicule or social stress. Art classes will be available at the Museum facility where hands-on instruction will be taught by skilled art instructors, or the Veteran may participate in their home if they choose.
All art supplies will be provided to qualified Veterans and families free of charge through a generous grant provided by the California Arts Council. The grant provides services and supplies for up to 200 qualified Veterans and or Family Members. Supplies will be issued on a first come, first served basis.
To qualify for the program, the Veteran/Military Personnel must present a DD-214 form with either an Honorable Discharge and a valid ID or an active Military ID. Spouses and Children of qualified Veterans must have a state birth certificate showing family status in relationship to the Veteran (I.E. Marriage certificate or license or Birth certificate).
All participants must agree to donate artworks back to the Northern California Veterans Museum & Heritage Center for a contribution in the PTSD Artworks Gallery to be displayed publicly in the Museum.
At the end of the program there will be a Gala Event (dates TBD) where all artworks will be displayed.
Meet the Instructors
Brenda Ballantine has used art therapy for PTSD in a clinical setting, as well out in the field. Having her own military background, she has first-hand experience and knowledge of the pain that Veterans, and their families, live through.
Her strong desire for a platform to assist Veterans is what led her to get a higher education. Brenda understands those who are hurting from emotional and physical trauma related to a military life. She personally knows the suffering and terror of war, as well as the emotional experiences that follow.
Holding a Bachelors of Art in psychology, a Masters in Counseling Psychology, with four additional years of Clinical Psychology in doctoral programs, in addition to a Bachelor’s degree in Organization Leadership, Brenda has been equipped to serve. She has the educational background needed to bring value to the Battlefield Expression program.
As a retired MFTI mental health professional, Brenda has started her new work as a Heart Mender Specialist. She is now available to assist Veterans, and their families, who desire to participate in a healing journey through art therapy.
Tammy is a lover of history and a huge supporter of our Military Families. She is excited to be participating in the Battlefield Expressions PTSD Art Therapy Program.
Tammy has been living in Northern California for the past 7 years. Prior to that she taught high school History and English classes in Southern California.
Making Art and other crafts has been an important part of her life for the past 30 years. She has had a few formal art courses, but for the most part is a self-taught artist. She paints with acrylics on a variety of surfaces including canvas, windows, walls, wood and more. Besides painting, some of the crafts she enjoys are crochet, mosaics, carving stone, beading and scrap-booking. She finds arts and crafts to be quite relaxing and therapeutic while providing a positive creative outlet.
Joanie has been an instructional assistant at an elementary school in Red Bluff, CA for the past 7 years.
At work, Joanie is fortunate enough to spend a significant amount of time doing art with various age groups. Over the past few years she has been able to lead several parent night art fundraisers with both children and adults.
Most of Joanie's painting knowledge has come from some amazing teachers that have free painting tutorials online. She has enjoyed learning the different painting techniques involving acrylic painting.
Joanie is really looking forward to sharing her love of art with members of the Military and their families. She feels honored to be included in the much needed art therapy program.
Janet has been doing “art” ever since she was a child. Her parents paid for her to have oil painting lessons for 3 years on Saturday mornings with a local artist. The money spent was a big sacrifice for them.
Because they were in a “cold war” with the Russians when she was in high school, she wasn't allowed to take art classes, but had to take extra science classes.
In the late 80's, she learned how to tole paint. Soon she was designing her own wood pieces, teaching classes and doing craft fairs. After about 12 years she was burnt out and hung up her brushes and was never going to paint again. That lasted about 5 years when she saw some truly wonderful water color paintings in Mendocino, CA and decided to try her hand at doing them herself.
After that, she branched off into mixed media art forms, collage, gesso, acrylics, and pastels so she could play with new materials. She has come to discover that it's not about the finished product, but it's about the process of creating.
Silver Star Veterans & Widows
The Silver Star Veterans & Widows Program (SSV&W) is a brand new community service program in its infancy, implemented under the Heritage Center portion of the Northern California Veteran’s Museum (NCVM).
NCVM is registered as a California One Charitable Organization (CT-0192865) this allows the Museum, as the umbrella non-profit 501 (C) 3, 31-31001184 and IRS Tax Exempt EIN: 26-1967956, to award charitable grants to deserving Senior Veterans & Veteran’s Widows in our Northern California Area.
Blue Star Mothers are those ladies whose family members are currently serving active and reserve duty in our Military Forces.
Gold Star Mothers are those ladies who have lost a son or daughter in Military Combat Duty.
Silver Star Veterans & Widows (SSV&W) is designed to help Surviving Senior Veteran’s Spouses & our Senior Veterans who are in their golden years and in need of special services. The Silver Star is to honor our grey haired citizens.
This program has been implemented due to the exposure of so many seniors who cross the threshold of the Museum’s doorstep. These seniors continue to donate their items to the Museum from their elderly Veterans. This need has become obvious to the staff of the Museum to a point at which the Silver Star Veterans & Widows Program has become established. As our Senior Veterans from WWII, Korea and Vietnam continue to pass at an alarming rate, we as a community must continue to step up and honor these surviving Widows for their commitment to our Country also.
For any inquiries, questions or commendations, please call: 530-378-2280 or fill out the form below.
2110 North Street
Anderson, CA 96007
PO Box 87, Anderson, CA 96007