Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Veterans services are available, getting informed

Pacifica Tribune Letter to the Editor, 1/27/15, "Military veteran's aid" by Therese M. Dyer 

"Editor: I attended the last SMCSM where the Veterans Assessment needs was discussed and it looks like $300,000 from Measure A Funds will be used for veterans services. Part of the money goes to two more positions to help vets with their claims and for outreach programs to inform them of their benefits, which include housing, education, medical and drug court. 

Statistics show that there are 132,000 vets in San Mateo and only 11,000 use the benefits or are unaware of their eligibility. Warren Slocum has volunteered to be part of the advisory team. Perhaps the American Legion and VFW could make this information available to their members. I was one of four women that spoke about our own experiences.

On another note, the veterans that are treated at Ft. Miley in San Francisco have conferences with the Director of the Hospital; the last one only four veterans attended. I picked up a flyer showing the next date, so I am letting all vets that read this know the next one will be March 11 at 5 p.m. Call the advocates office before the date in case it's cancelled."

Note photographs. Advisement from the US Navy/Health News Florida WUSF/Panel: Revamp Military Health Care, Benefits/Associated Press, 1/29/15.  Books from Pin it/official U.S. Military photograph,  About.com/educational training/Military/Rod Powers,"New 2012-13 Montgomery GI Bill Rates". 

Posted by Kathy Meeh

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