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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA
Our Post is supporting a local women's group in a wreath laying ceremony at the Alamo cemetery as part of the nationwide Wreaths Across America program. The program will be held on Saturday, 15 December at 12:00pm at the cemetery, 912 El Portal, Danville.
We do need volunteers to unload about 25 large boxes from a semi-truck into a trailer some time just before the 15th (date & time TBD), then unload the trailer at the cemetery on the morning of the 15th. Flag bearers for the American, POW/MIA, and 6 service flags are needed that morning.
We would also like to see as many of you as possible to attend and place a wreath on a grave of a deceased veteran; there are over 200 in this cemetery!
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.
THE AMERICAN LEGION COIN BILL
Most of you received our email forwarded from National on this bill. The American Legion has a golden opportunity. With your help, we can encourage Congress to mark The American Legion's 2019 Centennial with limited edition, exquisitely crafted commemorative coins. Not only will these coins raise public awareness about the greatest veterans organization in the country, proceeds from their sale will raise funds for our outstanding programs. Go to http://capwiz.com/legion/issues/alert/?alertid=78053626 and contact your Congressional representatives.
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/.
VETERANS' WRITING WORKSHOP: Creative Writing: Memoirs, essays, novels, short stories and/or poetry
Dan O'Connor of Post 246 will be holding a regularly scheduled drop-in workshop for, "U.S. Military Veterans only," in the upstairs meeting room. Discussion will adapt to whoever shows up, according to the primary interests of the participants.
The instructor/author/workshop facilitator, Dan O'Connor, a retired Danville Attorney and former U.S. Air Force Missile Launch Officer (1968-1972) and member of American Legion Post 246, has three published novels, along with published poems and a Golf & Restaurant Guide. Optional-in-class writing exercises may take place, according to class interest. Participants are invited to bring writing samples to class for potential group review and comment. Impromptu How-to lectures are anticipated. Any and all writing projects of any kind are welcome, so long as they are accompanied by a U.S. Military Veteran. No prior writing experience is required or expected.
Contact Dan at 925-838-4102, email@example.com for dates and times.
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!
RADM RUSSELL W. GORMAN
A Celebration of Life for RAdm Gorman was held at the Veterans Memorial Building on Sunday, 6 August and internment with his wife Eriko with full military honors was held at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, CA on 7 August. Please see the pictures of the events on our website.
Adm Gorman, a long time member of our post, was highly instrumental in the negotiation and planning of the rebuilding of the VMB and the library is named in his honor.
SWEEPING NEW VETERANS HEALTH CARE BILL (VA MISSION ACT)
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)
AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY POST 246
Yes, it is official! Post 246 now has an officially re-chartered auxiliary. Theresa Wren, a member of the ALA for over 25 years, who now resides locally in San Ramon, has spearheaded the process. She already has 5 or 6 members and is looking for more to join her in supporting our post and our activities.
If you have family members who would be interested in joining the auxiliary, please contact Theresa at (408) 476-1288 or firstname.lastname@example.org. She will be more than willing to tell you all you want to know about the auxiliary.
NO ONE WILL CONTACT YOUR FAMILY TO SOLICIT MEMBERSHIP!!
If you have questions about eligibility for membership in the auxiliary, please go the following webpage: https://www.alaforveterans.org/About/Eligibility/
WE REALLY DO NEED A FEW GOOD MEN!!
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 Randy Reid ASAP!
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.
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.
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MILLION VETERAN PROGRAM
The Department of Veterans Affairs Million Veteran Program (MVP) is a national, voluntary research program designed to help researchers better understand how genes affect health and illness, with the goal of improving health care for veterans. If you may be interested in participating in this program, please call toll free 1-866-441-6075 or visit http://research.va.gov/mvp for more information. .