VETERANS VOICES OF CONTRA COSTA:
Join your friendly neighborhood County Veteran Service Office, Nathan Johnson and his co-host Kevin Graves as they discuss issues facing the Veteran Community. Call in with information you have (925) 313-1170 or email questions to email@example.com. The show is on the third Monday of every month at 7p.m. CCTV is channel 32 on Astound, channel 27 on Comcast, and channel 99 of AT&T U-verse. Streaming on www.contracostatv.org/veteransvoices.
MILITARY EXCHANGE SHOPPING
All veterans are being encouraged to confirm veteran eligibility status athttps://www.vetverify.org.
UPDATE!! Are you having difficulty getting approved via the website? As you might guess this is a new program and a new organization to administer it that is separate from all other vet organizations. They are having to build their database from scratch using inputs from DoD, VA, etc. Once you enter your info online it goes into a database that then is used to get info from the other organizations. Once they have a match they will send you an email that will tell you to go back to the VetVerify.org site and reenter your information. There then should be a match. If you do not get an email by 11 NOV the phone number to contact is 1-844-868-8672.
OFFICIAL NATIONAL BASIC TRAINING COURSE:
The American Legion's official training program for officers, members, Legion College applicants and those who simply want to expand their knowledge of the nation's largest veterans service organization is now available online.
The program should take less than two hours to complete. It is divided into six sections, with a quiz at the end of each one, followed by a final exam.
GO TOhttps://www.legion.org/alei for more info or to take the course. I have started and it would be great if all of our members take the course.
CONGRATULATIONS TO FLOYD COX FOR COMPLETING THIS NATL TRAINING COURSE: THE FIRST MEMBER OF OUR POST TO DO SO!!
LINKED-IN AND FACEBOOK HELP:
Are you a Linked-in and/or Facebook aficionado?? We already have a post Linked-in account and are looking to create a Facebook page. We need some experienced users to maintain and update these social media pages. Call us ASAP!
The VA and the FCC have teamed up to combat illegal “robocalls” targeting veterans and their families. Scam calls solicit money for fake charities, including ones claiming to support America’s veterans -- some even claiming to be VA reps. VA officials offer the five tips to help avoid unwanted calls and scams:
Don't answer calls from unknown numbers. Scammers may spoof their caller ID to display a fake number that appears to be local. If you answer such a call, hang up immediately.
Never give out personal information such as account numbers, SSNs, mother's maiden names, or passwords to unexpected or suspicious callers.
Set a password for all voice mail accounts to avoid being hacked.
Register your number on the Do Not Call List at https://www.donotcall.gov/ or call 888-382-1222 from the phone you want to register, to block calls from legitimate telemarketers.
Ask your phone company about call-blocking tools and services for your landline phone, and check for helpful apps that you can download to your mobile phone. For more information, visit fcc.gov/robocalls.
Here is guidance on saluting the Colors upon entering or exiting the meeting room:
- A member entering the hall after the meeting has begun (called to order) shall advance to the back center of the room, salute the colors and be seated;
- Any member desiring to be excused from the hall while the meeting in in progress -- except during a prayer, the obligation or period of silence -- shall advance to the back center of the room, salute the colors and leave.
SURPLUS UNIFORM ITEMS
We found some brand-new uniform items (purchased years ago) in our basement storage cage and would like to offer them to you our members at sale prices.
First, we have 2 men's official regular lined Garrison Caps, size 7 and 1 woman's (size 7 3/4). Catalog price is $48.95, our sale price to you is $32.00 (33% off).
Second, we have four official American Legion patriotic ties. Catalog price is $15.95, our sale price to you is $10.00 (33% off)
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR DOCENT PROGRAM!
The Docent Program for the Veterans Memorial Building and Museum guides visitors through the history of our veteran's service highlighted by the exhibits showcased in the building.
Docent shifts are for 3 hours during the weekdays, either in the morning or afternoon. You can volunteer for on shift a month or more. Please contact Lee Halverson at (415) 412-5564 for more information.
We have powered scooters, wheel chairs and various types of walkers available to loan to veterans at no charge. We are here to help. Call our message center at (925) 277-7775 or telephone Service Officer Leroy Vares at (925) 828-0421.
AMERICAN LEGION LEGISLATIVE ACTION CENTER
As you may know the American Legion is very active and well respected on Capital Hill. The National Commander and staff are testifying and providing counsel on any and all legislation pertaining to veterans. Want to see what they are doing? Want to get up to date and veteran legislation currently active in Congress? Then check out the Legislative Action Center webpage at http://capwiz.com/legion/issues/.
DAV and DAV Auxiliary:
Congressman Rose (NY) has introduced H.R. 3036, the Breaking Barriers for Women Veterans Act, to correct environmental, structural, and staff deficiencies to ensure VA's delivery of high-quality health care to women veterans. The bill would authorize $20 million to assist VA in addressing deficiencies it identifies in annual environment of care surveys to assure that the privacy, security and dignity of patients is upheld at each VA medical center. It would also require VA to ensure it had a women's health primary care and emergency care provider at each health care facility and to develop more in-house expertise by offering training to VA physicians and other independent practitioners. It would require VA to develop a training curriculum for community care providers treating women veterans and also require a study to understand the staff and training needs of women veterans' program managers and determine whether the appointment of an ombudsman for women veterans is warranted.
By creating the resources necessary, the legislation will better ensure that women veterans have expert care for gender-related issues wherever they seek such care within the VA health care system or in sponsored settings.
Please ask your representative to cosponsor and support H.R. 3036.
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SWEEPING NEW VETERANS HEALTH CARE BILL (VA MISSION ACT)
AMERICAN LEGION VEHICLE DONATION:
Did you know that the American Legion has a Vehicle Donation Program? Making a donation is easy.
Toll Free Number Information: 844-353-4466 (844-3-LEGION)
Online Donation Form: https://www.legion.org/donate/auto
Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. (IAAI) will pick up your vehicle at a time that works for you - at no cost to you.
The American Legion will send you a tax receipt and acknowledgement.
Proceeds will support The American Legion.
Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. (IAAI) can accept vehicles in almost any condition, whether they can be driven or not, in all 50 states. They accept many types of vehicles, including cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, boats, motorcycles, RVs, snowmobiles, jet skis, heavy equipment, farm equipment, tractors and more.
WE REALLY DO NEED A FEW GOOD MEN / WOMEN!!
Want to get involved in our post activities? Here are ways you can help make our post better (whether or not if you attend meetings):
VMB Historical Library & Museum Committee representative
Linked-in / Facebook website coordinator
Boys State Chairman
Supply / Logistics Manager. Please contact Eric Ardell ASAP!
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Meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month at 12:00pm at the Veterans Memorial Building, 400 Hartz Ave., Danville, CA 94526, unless otherwise stated. Meetings are held upstairs in the conference room. Lunch is $7.00. Please leave a message on our answering service if you are planning to attend.