PRINT OUT YOUR VA WELCOME KIT
Whether you’re just getting out of the service or you’ve been a civilian for years now, the VA Welcome Kit can help guide you to the benefits and services you’ve earned. Keep your welcome kit handy so you can turn to it throughout your life—like when it’s time to go to school, get a job, buy a house, get health care, retire, or make plans for your care as you age.
Download your VA Welcome Kit. Share this guide with friends or family members who need help with their benefits. You can print out copies for yourself and others:
Your VA Welcome kit in black and white (PDF)
Your VA Welcome Kit in color (PDF)
The links above will also give you links to download guides to VA benefits and services For Veterans:
- Apply for VA health care (PDF)
- Get started with mental health services (PDF)
- Apply for a disability rating (PDF)
- Apply for education benefits (PDF)
For family members:
- Get started with caregiver benefits (PDF)
- Apply for survivor benefits (PDF)
*** IMPORTANT NOTE: When completing & submitting any of the above official veteran VA benefit documents, we strongly encourage you & your family members to ALWAYS seek professional advice from our Contra Costa County Veterans Service Officer Nathan Johnson & his CCCVSO. Call  313-1451. Open in Danville every Wednesday, call 925 / 313-1481 for Appt
OUR NEXT MEETING WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY, 6 NOVEMBER
Our speaker will be Jim Laing. Jim is a Family Service Counselor with Oakmont Memorial Park and Mortuary in Lafayette CA. For the last 20 years Jim has helped families in Northern California work through the often-difficult task of making cemetery and funeral arrangements. Since 2010, Jim has worked with the Veteran’s Burial Program assisting veterans and their families in the Sacramento Valley understand how to prepare for and use the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, working with thousands of Northern California Veterans. Jim spent most of his Air Force time on a B-52 crew with the 320thBMW out of Mather AFB.
Jim will present information on pre planning for final arrangements including:
What are the immediate steps when a death occurs?
What are the legal requirements for the next of kin?
What are the best ways to save money on final expenses?
Which benefits are most frequently overlooked?
Is preplanning a good idea or a foolish idea?
Mark Heinemann is working with local college veterans’ groups to increase the groups’ awareness on local campuses as well as get college veterans aware of and interested in the American Legion. He is asking us to let him have your old copies of the American Legion magazine that he can then make available to the veterans’ resource centers at these colleges. If you have old copies, bring them to a meeting or call Mark (his number is listed above) and he will come by to pick them up.
The American Legion Constitution and By-Laws, Article II, Nature, section 2 states “The American Legion shall be absolutely nonpolitical and shall not be used for the dissemination (verbal or written) of partisan principles nor for the promotion of the candidacy of any person seeking public office or preferment.” Additionally, political discourse is not appropriate at any American Legion event, function, or meeting. If you have questions, please give Eric a call.
APPOINTED POST OFFICERS
Here are the appointed positions still open where we really need help. Contact Eric or I may contact you.
Ass't Adjutant Webmaster (TEMP - Charlie Jursch)
Ass't Finance Officer Logistics/Awards Manager
Membership Committee Chairman
Programs Chairman Swearing-in Ceremony Committee
4th of July Parade Coordinator
Crab Feed Project Manager VMB Corn Beef & Cabbage Committee
Fund Raiser Manager Veterans Day Program Committee
Neil Giles is the chairman for the annual oratorical contest which will be held in early 2020. If you are interested in helping with logistics and speaker engagement leading-up-to and on the day of the event, please contact Neil to voice your support.
NEW MEMBER CHALLENGE
With the new Legion Act now law, the Executive Board is issuing a Membership Challenge.
We challenge every member to bring in one new member by 31 December. If you bring in five (5) new members we will pay your dues for one year; if you bring in fifteen (15) new members, we will pay your dues for three years. For purposes of this challenge, transfers from Post 1000 will count as a new member (contact me if you would like names of Post 1000 members in our area, there are many).
We are sure there are many, many veterans in this area. Talk to family and friends and ask about vets they may know. Contact those vets and tell them about our post and the American Legion. Go to Legion.org to find lots of membership information or come to the Veterans Memorial Building and pickup some information.
LET’S MAKE 200!!!!
100TH HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LEGION !!!
The luncheon recognizing and honoring our Boys State Delegates and Girls State Ambassadors was held on Sunday, 6 October. It was great to hear from the 13 young men and women about their experiences. Thanks so much to Michelle Lee for coordinating and MC’ing the event. And thank you to those who helped and attended (more in note below).
A big thank you goes to Mark Heinemann, Anh and Archie Juntura for joining Randy Reid and other District 9 members in serving Octoberfest lunch to the resident veterans at the VA hospital in Martinez on Saturday, 5 October. THANKS!!!
Last month, we announced the membership challenge. We are challenging all members to contribute to the growth of the post, as such, see the Membership note below. Remember, with the Legion Act, membership eligibility is greatly expanded and I know there are now many more veterans in our area that can become members of the Legion and our post. I am asking for everyone’s help and participation in growing our membership!!
FLASH NEWS! Supervisor Candace Andersen and former Assemblywoman Catharine Baker are putting on the 5th Annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, 2 November from 8:00 to 10:00 am at the VMB for veterans, active duty, and family. Please see the flyer previously emailed. RSVP (required) to Candace Andersen’s office or to me directly. This is a great event, come enjoy camaraderie and good pancakes!
Please look for new members Steve Synder, Gerald Hill, Matt Ketchem, Donald Stone, and Jae Young Kim (US Naval Academy). When you see them at a meeting or event, welcome them and get to know them.
As of now there will not be a Veterans Day Observance this year. Most of the people who put on this event will be traveling to Vietnam with the Wheelchair Foundation. Nor will there be an expanded museum display in the banquet hall for the same reason.
ALL WARS MEMORIAL PAVERS
Would you like to honor the service or contribution made by an individual service member or veteran?? Purchase a paver (to be installed in the memorial walkway at Oak Hill Park in Danville) through the All Wars Memorial Foundation. See flyer on Home page (click the button on the right) for more details and order form on our website.
Do you know someone who are group would like to hear from with a compelling or interesting subject? Military, business, personal stories, technical innovation is all good, but no advertising or sales pitches. We will accept all suggestions. Please provide contact information if at all possible and we may ask you to help facilitate arrangements.
POST GENERIC BUSINESS CARDS
We have had business cards for general use by all members. These cards can be used for any reason related to our post, i.e., potential membership contacts, donation requests like our crab feed, etc. These cards will be available at all of our regular meetings or make arrangements with a post officer.
2020 MEMBERSHIP - UPDATED
We’re making great progress on membership renewal; we are over 65% now. For those who have not renewed yet, the post would appreciate your earliest action. 100% by 31 December!!!! Please send your renewal in today!!
Historian Jerry Lindahl is requesting that if you have photos, articles, or other appropriate historical items of post activities and events, please send them to him. Be sure to provide full information of the event and the names of post members who are involved. Let’s make sure we have a complete record of our post!
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Did you know that the minutes from our regular meetings and from officer meetings are posted on our website? Click on Post Info in the top red banner. Click on Post Reports in the drop down menu. Then click on the report you want to review.
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