Americas Publisher is reminding you that Armed Forces Day is coming up on May 15th followed by Memorial Day on May 31st. Show support for the men and women who have died while serving our country through the purchase of a wreath to adorn a grave at a Military Cemetery. Miramar Military Cemetery will receive wreaths first, followed by Fort Rosecrans Military Cemetery. Miramar and Fort Rosecrans are the two military cemeteries for San Diego county. Purchase a wreath here.
Rep. Mike Levin Secures $152.5 Million in Authorizations for Camp Pendleton Construction Projects in Bipartisan NDAA
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021, including authorizations Rep. Mike Levin (D-CA) successfully secured totaling $152.5 million for construction projects at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. The NDAA also includes provisions Rep. Levin supported to increase pay for troops and expand housing, health care, and legal benefits for veterans.
Finding a new career path in the time of COVID is especially difficult. Online searches, and company videos just don't cut it. And networking is incredibly difficult. VCC built this monthly webinar in response to requests from San Diego veterans, military and spouses wanting to examine local career opportunities. We've received overwhelmingly positive feedback from participants.
Give back in a BIG WAY by providing a turkey for active duty and veteran families for our next food distribution!
House Passes Major Legislation Introduced by Rep. Mike Levin to Support Veteran Housing and Employment
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed the Dependable Employment and Living Improvements for Veterans’ Economic Recovery (DELIVER) Act, legislation led by Rep. Mike Levin (D-CA) that includes six bipartisan bills he introduced to strengthen and expand services for homeless and unemployed veterans. The legislation will allow the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide more services for homeless veterans, improve and expand eligibility for the HUD-VA Supportive Housing program, create a rapid retraining program for unemployed veterans, improve the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) for servicemembers returning to civilian life, and more. A section-by-section summary of the bill is available here.
Local Veteran Advocate Invited by Levin Provides Testimony to House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity
Washington, D.C – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA), Chair of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, led a hearing entitled "Getting Veterans to Work After COVID-19." The hearing featured testimony from Mr. Maurice D. Wilson, MCPO, USN (Ret), President of the National Veterans Transition Services, Inc. Aka Reboot, a San Diego-based organization that helps veterans transition to civilian life and secure gainful employment. Mr. Wilson is also Chair of the San Diego Veterans Coalition’s Education, Employment, and Entrepreneurship (E3) Action Group.
Washington, D.C. – Today, the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2021 passed the House of Representatives with $105 million in federal funding for military construction projects at Camp Pendleton and other key local wins that U.S. Rep. Mike Levin fought to secure. In addition to the funding for Camp Pendleton, the bill includes Rep. Levin’s amendments to strengthen the Transition Assistance Program for servicemembers returning to civilian life, expand protections for troops under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, and add $5 million to the Naval University Research Initiative, which works with universities like UC San Diego on defense research. He also cosponsored an amendment to expand eligibility for HUD-VA Supportive Housing (VASH) voucher program, and he strongly supported a provision authorizing a three percent pay raise for America’s troops.
The USO Pathfinder Program is great for active duty transitioning out of the service, military spouses, and service members that may have just transitioned and have only been out for less than a year. The program acts as a referral service connecting valuable resources to our clients to help them with a successful transition. COVID has created many set backs in being able to help as many service members and spouses as possible, however, the USO is available to do everything virtual and they will get the same one on one care that they would in person. Learn more in the program's brochure.
San Juan Capistrano, CA – U.S. Representative Mike Levin led a virtual Veteran Suicide Prevention Summit on Friday with leaders from the from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA), local health experts, elected officials, and others. Nearly 100 local veterans and veteran advocates participated in a discussion that Rep. Levin led with Dr. Robert Smith and Dr. Neal Doran from the VA San Diego Healthcare System, San Diego County Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Jim Desmond, and other local leaders about opportunities for stronger collaboration to address the public health crisis of veteran suicide.
San Juan Capistrano, CA – Tomorrow, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) will lead a virtual summit on veteran suicide prevention with local leaders from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA), health experts, and other veteran advocates. Rep. Levin, a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and Chair of the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, organized the summit to allow local leaders to discuss veteran suicide prevention services and discuss opportunities for increased collaboration on the epidemic of veteran suicide.
Rep. Mike Levin Introduces Legislation to Strengthen Transition Assistance Program Counseling for Servicemembers Returning to Civilian Life
San Juan Capistrano, CA – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA), Chair of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, introduced to strengthen the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) by improving counseling pathways for servicemembers returning to civilian life.
SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that the State of California has awarded almost $20 million to help house military veterans in San Diego and Orange counties who are or at risk of becoming homeless.
The Governor would not allow us to do our annual ceremony so we have come up with a wonderful alternative!
Rep. Mike Levin Leads Bipartisan Virtual Roundtable to Address COVID-19 Impacts on Veterans’ Home Loans
San Juan Capistrano, CA – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA), Chair of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, led a virtual roundtable with Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) officials on the impact that COVID-19 has had on veterans’ home loans. The roundtable specifically focused on VA’s implementation of the CARES Act and how it is impacting new home loan applications, as well as VA’s work with veterans to prevent foreclosures. The event showcased the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs technological versatility and commitment to continuing its legislative functions through alternative means during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Veterans Association of North County and the American Legion Post 760 would like to give a heartfelt thank you to all of you who joined us last Friday. It was an extreme SUCCESS, with over 30 volunteers, we served 287 vehicles just over 1,000 people! 3/4 were active duty and the others veterans and their families. Everyone going through the line was very pleased with all the different types of fresh vegetables, fruit, canned goods , bread and the families that needed diapers were VERY happy!
OCEANSIDE, CA – Frontwave Credit Union is offering several assistance programs to help its Members navigate financial challenges during the coronavirus outbreak.
On Friday, April 10th from 1:00pm - 2:00pm, the American Legion Post 760 & VANC are providing veterans and their family members with fresh fruits, vegetables, can goods and sundries to help during this COVID-19 outbreak.
Chaplin on Base, LCDR Paul A. Hyder returned to Breakwater Community Church in Oceanside after a 6 month deployment to Iraq. He is seen with LT Ed Handley above praying for Marines in Iraq from 1st Tank Battalion. Thank you for everything you have done and continue to do!
The Veterans Association of North County (VANC) is very excited to say that the winner of the MasterChef television show Dino Lucino has agreed to come and prepare some amazing dishes for us! He will be training 10 active duty military to prepare our meals as they get prepared to separate from the military to civilian life. They will be able to put on their resume that they were trained by a MasterChef (HUGE in the culinary world!) Can't wait for you to see what your Unique take home gift will be!
The Military Spouse Association of Camp Pendleton is having their 22nd Annual Gala. Visit the Military Spouse Association's website for more information on how to sponsor/donate and buy tickets.
The proceeds from the golf tournament will be used by Post 760 to support the needs of veterans and others in the community! Register today!
Service for your country never loses honor and we will not let time erode the praise and honor. Minuteman Press Oceanside is looking to honor veterans with a special tribute calendar. Many veterans in Oceanside are hidden in the crowds. Please come forward on this one occasion and help us recognize you and your fellow veterans in a 2020 calendar. We would like to publish this calendar by Veterans Day 2019, so please hurry.