The City of Hawthorne has formed a Veterans Affairs Commission, which is chartered to support all veterans by fostering support and participation in related activities within the Hawthorne and South Bay community. This commission is  comprised of five residents appointed by the City.

The Commission  develops relationships with local Veterans Service Organizations, appointed and elected officials, and the general populous as they determine the veteran constituency within city boundaries.

Longer term plans include supporting veterans through medical, counseling, employment and housing challenges, as well as developing a communications approach to create public support to help veterans.

The commission meets regularly on the first and third Monday at 3:15pm in City Council Chambers. Meeting dates/time are posted on the City calendar which can be viewed HERE

Contact information:


  • Kyle Orlemann, Chair

  • Ken Lester, Commissioner
    Ken Lester has been a commissioner for the City of Hawthorne, Veterans Affairs Commission since December 2014. Ken retired from the United States Air Force as a Master Sergeant in 2000. Ken served in the United States Army for 4 years and the United States Air Force for 20 years, with a combined total of 24 years of dedicated service to our country. Ken has always been concerned of veteran’s issues and the desire to assist and serve to better veterans.

  • Anabela Moreno, Commissioner

  • Jim Robilotta, Commissioner
    Jim joined the Veteran's Affairs Commission in 2018 soon after relocating to Hawthorne.  He served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force for 28 years (1977-2005) retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.  He grew up in the Air Force as his father was 20 year veteran.  Jim taught Air Force Junior ROTC in local high schools for 6 years.  With this background Jim has become very interested in veteran's issues.

  • Carol Steinhauer, Commissioner