Staff

Veteran Services Representative II, Darlyn Escalante


VSO Director, Darlyn Escalante

Darlyn Escalante joined Santa Clara County in 2019 and became the VSO's Program Manager in 2023. She was promoted to Director in 2024. Darlyn is a veteran of the US Air Force and served in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Prior to working at the Veterans Services Office, Darlyn was employed by the VA Hospital in Palo Alto and La Jolla.


Lead Veteran Services Representative II, Lisa Moreno


Lead Veteran Services Representative II, Lisa Moreno

Lisa Moreno started working for Santa Clara County as a Medical Unit Clerk for Valley Medical Center for 14 years. She started working at the Veteran Services Office as an Office Specialist III in 2013. She truly enjoyed her position at the VSO and especially working with veterans. She eventually became a Veteran Services Representative and has since been promoted to Lead VSR II. Her father is a Vietnam Veteran and the reason why she is so passionate about the work she does at the VSO assisting veterans any way she can. When she is not working, she enjoys spending quality time with family and friends. She enjoys camping, shopping, and going on vacations with the family, especially to Disneyland.


Lead Veteran Services Representative II, Richard Vega


Lead Veteran Services Representative II, Richard Vega

Richard Vega joined our team in November of 2017. Born and raised on the eastside of San Jose, he attended James Lick High School and graduated in 1999. Richard enlisted in the U.S. Marines from 2000-2004 serving twice in Iraq in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom I & II Campaigns. While deployed Richard participated in Joint Coalition Forces Operations in the Al Anbar Province in Iraq. Richard is passionate about assisting veterans and their families in many ways, including answering questions, advising, and educating individuals and groups on what benefits are available from federal, state, county, and local resources. When not assisting Veterans and their families, Richard likes to spend quality time with his three children.


Veteran Services Representative I, Sofia Munoz


Veteran Services Representative I, Sofia Munoz

Sofia Munoz joined the Veterans Services Office in 2019 as a Veteran Services Representative with Santa Clara County. Sofia served in the Army from 1990-1998. Her basic training and AIT were at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina. Her permanent duty station was Oakland Army Base. Prior to becoming a Veteran Services Representative, Sofia was completely uninformed of her own benefits as a veteran of the United States Army. Her personal goal to help veterans of the Armed Forces to achieve a clear understanding of their benefits. Sofia resides in San Jose and has a daughter who is also a county employee. She has several family members who are veterans, three of which are combat veterans.


Veteran Services Representative II, Michael Garcia


Veteran Services Representative II, Michael Garcia

Michael is an Army Veteran who has deployed to Afghanistan. He lives in Hollister and has been helping veterans since October of 2015. He started in San Benito County at the Veterans Services Office until July of 2019, where he then started working for Santa Clara County. He has a wife and three children, with one blessing on his way. He enjoys going out with his family and being very family oriented. His goal is to help veterans get access to benefits that they are entitled to and helping them understand the process of filing for benefits and giving them resources to better assist the veteran.


Veteran Services Representative II, Thomas Young


Veteran Services Representative II, Thomas Young

Thomas Young served in the United States Army where he proudly served at Arlington National Cemetery in the 3rd Infantry Regiment. This unit, known as the Old Guard, is the regiment that stands vigil at Arlington's Tomb of the Unknowns and serves as the U.S. Army's main ceremonial unit. Thomas has been a Veteran Service Representative at Santa Clara County since October of 2018.


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Office Specialist III, Alma Tostado

Alma Tostado is an Office Specialist III with Santa Clara County. She started working at the Office of Veterans Services in September 2021. Working at Veterans Service Office provides her with insight into the difficulties Veterans face when seeking information on their entitlements.



Management Analyst, Stephen Fisher

Stephen Fisher started working for the county in 2022 and transferred to the VSO in 2023. As a management analyst, he supports the VSO through analytical and backend support to allow the Veteran Service Representatives to focus on providing direct support to veterans. When not working, he enjoys cooking or exploring the outdoors, whether hiking or camping at local parks or traveling around the state.


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