Pedro Molina was appointed on February 25, 2010 as the first in the Nation, Assistant Secretary for Native American Veterans Affairs, for the California Department of Veterans (CalVet) by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Prior to his appointment he served as a Veteran Advocate for 39 years with the Veterans Administration Central California Healthcare System located in Fresno, California. In May 2008, Mr. Molina was selected by the National American Indian Veterans to be the First Native American Indian Veteran to place a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Memorial Day. Mr. Molina has served as an American Indian Program Manager, as well as Marketing and Community Relations Representative since 1998, Minority Veteran Program Manager from 1995 to 1997, and Hispanic Veteran Program Manager from 1975 to 1995. In addition Mr. Molina was appointed to the EEO National Native American Advisory Council for Veterans Health Administration from 1987 to 2003, and served in the US Army from 1970 to 1973.
Mr. Molina is the Pacific Region Commander for the National American Indian Veterans. He is the founder of Molina’s Marauders, which is a group of Veteran Volunteers who outreach to the community in order to build awareness regarding benefits for Veterans, and their families. Mr. Molina is a member of the Veteran Organizations Commander of the American GI Forum Central California, the Commander of Post 99 AM Vets Central California, the American Legion Post 125, and Yaqui Nation member of the Gathering of Healers of Tucson, Arizona. In addition, Mr. Molina is a member of the National Congress of American Indians, the Veteran Advisory Committee, the National Council of Urban Indian Health Veteran Advisory Committee, and the Society of American Indian Government Employees. Mr. Molina believes in “One Goal, One Voice” for all American Indian Veterans.