Welcome to the website of Chapter 391, Sonora California. We currently have the largest membership in California. The chapter was named Chapter of the Year for two consecutive years by California State Council for our volunteerism and community charitable contributions. Continue reading
Please share the VVA 223 Photographs website with everyone on your mailing list.
This week they can see a collection of photos from the 25th re-dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial ceremony held in Sacramento. Continue reading
During this time of government shut down the community of Dixon steps up.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 (Public Law 111-148) was created to expand access to affordable health care coverage for all Americans, lower costs and improve quality and care coordination. Beginning January 1, 2014, the ACA’s individual shared responsibility provision requires each individual to: maintain minimum essential coverage (MEC), qualify for an exemption, or make a payment when filing Federal income tax return. Those who are currently receiving care from the VA meet the ACA requirement for 2014. Those Veterans who are not in the VA health care system are being encouraged to check the VA out. For those Veterans who are not eligible, are encouraged to look into the Marketplace which is designed to help individuals find health insurance that meets individual needs and budget. This can be accessed at www.healthcare.gov. Marketplace plans and premium information will be available beginning October 1, 2013. The Veterans Health Administration has a dedicated website to address ACA and Veterans Benefits. For additional information, Veterans should call 877-222-VETS or visit http://www.va.gov/health/aca/
Are you aware of the VA’s Veterans Canteen Service - Your Retail Exchange Store. Established in 1946, Veterans Canteen Service (VCS) was created to provide articles of merchandise and services at reasonable prices to Veterans enrolled in VA healthcare system, caregivers, and visitors. Since its conception, the mission continues as VCS provides retail, food, vending and other services, at great value, in VA hospitals and out-patients clinics across the country. Also, if you’re enrolled in the VA healthcare system you are eligible to shop VCS PatriotStoreDirect 1-800 Special Order program offering over 40 name brand vendors including tires, Craftsman tools, brand name large appliances and mattresses. Call 1-800-664-8258 M-F 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. to shop VCS special order. For enrolled Veterans who prefer to shop online, the All Services Exchange Online Store offers thousands of items at an excellent value. Shop online at www.vacanteen.va.gov/
VCS is also proud to “Give Back” to the VA community by supporting the VA’s Rehabilitation Games, Fisher House, Poly-Trauma Centers for OIF/OEF/OND Veterans, disaster relief efforts and VA’s Homeless Veterans Program. Visit VCS online at www.vacanteen.va.gov for more information.
VCS is part of your benefits. Take advantage of it!
In 1973 Vietnam POW’s returned home. This video documents that return and this years remembrance. Editor: I can’t help but think would this President do this same?
“California veterans can once again purchase a California license plate that specifically identifies them as a veteran,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla. “Furthermore, the funds from this license plate will help veterans gain access to their guaranteed benefits including employment, retirement, medical and housing assistance.”
Assembly Bill 244 authorizes the issuance of a specialty license plate for veterans. Revenue derived from the sale of the license plate will be deposited into the County Veterans Service Officer Fund.
“This Veteran license plate provides a critical opportunity for veterans to display their pride in their service and an opportunity to fund valuable county resources that reflect our pride in their service,” said Nathan D. Johnson, Veterans Service Officer, Contra Costa County.
California has the largest population of veterans in the nation. Slightly less than two million veterans reside in California, with over 37,000 veterans returning to California each year.
AB 244 was cosponsored by the American Legion-Department of California, AMVETS-Department of California, California Association of County Veterans Service Officers, California State Commanders Veterans Council, VFW-Department of California, and the Vietnam Veterans of America-California State Council. The bill was also supported by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, California Mental Health Directors Association, and the Rural County Representatives of California.
Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla was first elected to the Assembly in November 2010, and represents California’s 14th Assembly District, which is comprised of the north and central portions of Contra Costa County and southern portion of Solano County.
I am well aware that I have not talked with you in some time. For this I offer no excuses. Ah, but there are some decent reasons. You decide………..
In August, I had the honor of representing you at the VVA National Convention in Jacksonville, Fla. I was not alone, however. I must tell you that the delegates you elected stood very well for you. If you would like any details of what went on there , please ask us. It is important for you to become familiar with the things that were done in your name.
September came very quickly and along with it came some fun, as well as, a lot of new work. I presume those who attended the Chapter Picnic enjoyed themselves. Personally, I thought it was too short ! One of these days maybe I can win that rifle or the trip to Hawaii!
I have also been heavily involved in the process of development and implementation of the celebration for the 25th Anniversary of The California Vietnam Veterans Memorial. This event will be multifaceted with lots of things going on for the night of Friday Nov. 22 and all day Saturday the 23rd.
I am part of the planning of the Motorcycle Rally and am trying to get the Committee to allow me to provide the live music for Sat. afternoon at The Capital. I have two awesome Groups in mind and both are led by in-country Vietnam Vets.
That’s about it for now. I will give more information as it comes available.
Al Sickle, President,
The U.S. Code was amended by Congress in 2008 to authorize the military salute for veterans and members of the armed forces when not in uniform. Yet, today, Congresss’ patriotic intention to acknowledge our veterans service and sacrifice remains disappointingly unfulfilled. There are 25,000,000 veterans and to see a person rendering the hand salute is a very uncommon occurrence.
We need to change that! Our citizens want our veterans to be standing tall, together, rendering a proud salute in full recognition of their service to the nation.
Congress did its job by mandating the military salute privilege for our veterans. Now it is time for us to implement the change. Please join other veteran organizations in encouraging our veterans to exercise the distinct privilege of rendering the military salute at flag ceremonies. These saluting veterans will enrich our traditional flag ceremonies for generations to a grateful nation.
PALO ALTO, Calif. – Free flu shots are available to Veterans within the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. The ten facilities of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System are offering flu vaccinations to thousands of eligible Veterans at the following locations and times. Veterans are encouraged to request their flu vaccination during their regularly-scheduled appointments
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