I hope this SALVO finds you all well, hunkered down, staying safe.  But there is no reason to panic; follow CDC guidelines and only go out for necessities, like grocery.  To say the least, wash your hands often, go out as little as possible, and practice social distancing.  

As all of you are aware, we have canceled or postponed all post activities in March and April.  I anticipate we may also cancel our regular meeting in May, but I will notify you in mid-May on status.   

If you are looking for local information on COVID-19 and/or impacts and schools, business, etc. please check the Town of Danville website,  Don’t forget to support Danville restaurants and businesses through online orders and curbside pickup.

We are continuing our Buddy Call program, so expect a call from our team either for the first time or maybe a second time if we have previously talk with you.  We just want to make sure you are okay and let you know we can help if you need it.  And do let us know we have your correct contact information.  Call me if you like, 925-984-3184.

With this edition of the SALVO we will start hard copy mailing of the SALVO to only those members who do not have an email account.  For those members we will continue to mail your copy of the SALVO to your home address.  Please send me your email address if you are not receiving emails from me.

I know I sound like a broken record, but if you have not paid your 2020 dues, I am asking you to please continue to support the Legion and our post and renew your membership.  

Eric, Commander

​​​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  (click here) for more details and order form on our website.


Important Lesson - Pickup in the Rain

One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rainstorm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride.  Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car.

A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960's. The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxicab.  She seemed to be in a big hurry but wrote down his address and thanked him.   Seven days went by and a knock came on the man's door. To his surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A special note was attached.

It read:  "Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits.  Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband's' bedside just before he passed away... God Bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others."
Sincerely, Mrs. Nat King Cole.



Here are the appointed positions still open where we really need help.  Contact Eric or I may contact you.

Appointed Positions

Ass't Adjutant                                                                         Webmaster (TEMP - Charlie Jursch)     
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


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 to find lots of membership information or come to the Veterans Memorial Building and pickup some information.

LET’S MAKE 200!!!!

​​​Since Doris’s passing, we have asked about how to pay our respects.  Doris’s granddaughter has indicated, in lieu of flowers or cards, that you donate to the Veterans Remembrance Committee, a bay area veterans’ group to foster public remembrance for the men and women who have served our country.  Doris was involved with the committee for many years.  Make checks to "Veterans Remembrance Committee", note remembrance of Doris Sidwell.  The address is:

Veterans Remembrance Committee
4444 International Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94601

Monthly Announcements

​​​Have you received a "Buddy Call" from one of our officers?  Did you get a voice mail or an email and have not responded?   If you don't think we have tried, we may not have contact info for you and mailed you a letter; did you get one?  We really would like to hear from you.  Call me if you like, 925-984-3184

mT. dIABLO Post 246

​​​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.   


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.

Copyright © American Legion Post 246.

​​​Medical appointments possible at home via VA Video Connect.  Got a fever, cold, cough or flu-like symptoms? Are you worried that you have a viral illness? The last thing you want to do is get out of the house to see the doctor, exposing yourself (and others) to more potential bugs and viruses.  VA can make it easier and safer to get back to health with virtual care through My HealtheVet and the VA Video Connect app on your smartphone, tablet or computer.
Virtual care means you can contact your VA provider (and health care team) through secure messaging or receive treatment by telephone or video.  Any Veteran who qualifies to receive VA care and lives in the U.S. is eligible to use virtual care.
 Staying home – easier for you, safer for the community. Virtual care is personalized and can connect you with your providers more effectively.  Ask your care team if virtual care can help meet some of your health care needs. Options include in-home health monitoring with tailored technologies, connection to specialists, or even remote scans and data.
You probably already know My HealtheVet is a great way to manage your care – with online Rx Refills, VA Appointments, and your labs and tests, radiology reports, and images. With secure messaging and video appts, reaching your providers while at home can be easy, too. While not for use in emergencies, a secure and private session begins with a simple request with a Secure Message for a video appointment. Sign in and request one next time you need to see your doctor or other providers.
Your health care team can also set up an in-person appointment, if needed. Call your VA health center if you have symptoms.   For more information, visit:
VA Video Connect (allows you to test your equipment compatibility)
Reach Your VA Care Team Over Live Video (YouTube)
VA Telehealth Services

​​​Our Post is hosting a Chili Cook-off at the Veterans Memorial Building, Danville, CA from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Sunday, March 29, 2020 to raise funds for the District 9 student veteran fund to support student veteran activities at colleges in District 9 and to pay their American Legion membership dues.  

You are invited to enter and serve up your favorite chili recipe as Chili Cook-off participants.  You will need to provide a crock pot or similar appliance to keep their chili warm and an electrical extension cord.  You are welcome to provide additional condiments to enhance their chili.  Prizes will be awarded for the best chili!

Not a chef, come anyway and sample/vote for your favorite entry.

Preliminary plans for ticket costs follow (subject to change):
1)    Chili Cookoff entrants:  FREE
2)    American Legion (including Auxiliary) members and other Veteran Service Organization Members: $25 per person
3)    Student Veterans attending community colleges in Contra Costa County and Saint Mary’s College: Free
4)    General Public: $30 per person
5)    Children 12 years of age and younger: $5 per person
6)    Additional Tastings: $10 for four tastings.
7)    Beverage Coupons: To Be Determined

American Legion and other VSO members, and student veterans will receive tickets for ten tastings and a coupon for a beverage (i.e., beer, wine, soft drink, or water).  Children will receive a ticket for a hot dog and a coupon for a beverage (i.e., soft drink or water).

Cookoff Entrants should confirm their participation no later than 29 February 2020 to Mark Heinemann (Email: or Randy Reid (Email: If you need further information about the details of the Chili Cook-off, please contact Mark Heinemann at (925) 548-8239 (M) / (925) 964-0904 or Randy Reid at (925) 964-3759.


​​​ We’re making great progress on membership renewal; we are over 90% now.  For those who have not renewed yet, you will be receiving a past due notice from National headquarters.  Please send your renewal in today!!



No regular meeting in April and no speaker.  This is a great time to complete the Basic Training Course for all members.  It is 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 serviceorganization.  It is available online at  Let me know when you complete the course.