VA BURIAL BENEFITS
Last month, we discussed burial benefits for eligible Veterans and
reimbursed costs for burial. We talked about burial in a National
Cemetery. Where are the National Cemeteries? Here is a listing
of those in California....
The Sacramento area has been determined to be one of the areas in the
United States that is the most need of a new National Cemetery.
Congress has appropriated funds for the purchase of land. The 1133
acre tract of land has been chosen in Solano County. Negotiations
for purchase of the land were to begin in the spring of 2003. After
purchase of the land, a construction contract is to be awarded in January
See page six for Military Honors at Veteran Funerals.....
LEGISLATION and GOVERNMENT ISSUES
Several hearings are being held in July for various bills concerning Veterans. The Legislature Policy Committees only have until July 11, with a few exceptions, to wrap up action on bills in committee. If a budget bill is passed, (but don't hold your breath) the Legislature is scheduled to start their summer recess on July 18. Next month we will have a wrap up of the status of bills concerning Veterans.
ENROLLMENT WORKSHOP&JOB FAIR
We have discussed in the newsletter the value of Enrollment into the VA Health System and the need for In-Country Vietnam Veterans to get Agent Orange Testing. We also receive several calls per week from Veterans who have no idea that they have service-related health problems and may be eligible for VA health care benefits or claims. So, Chapter 500 will be hosting a Enrollment Workshop & Job Fair. VA employees will be there to help veterans fill out the forms for enrollment, Agent Orange Testing. Find out about other benefits, such as help for P.T.S.D., Cal-Vet home loans, burial benefits, educational rehabilitation programs veterans homes and more. The event is for all veterans, not just Vietnam Veterans, is sponsored by VVA500 and endorsed by the Veterans Affiliated Council, Sacramento Veterans Resource Center and the Sacramento Vet Center. Bring your DD214 or call the office 481-6020 to find out how to get it. For VVA members, we have several on record. If we have yours we can make a copy for you. Make some copies of the enclosed flyer and pass it out to your veteran friends. No veteran should go without the benefits they deserve. Light refreshments will be served.
THE TRAVELING WALL
The Traveling Wall will be at the State Fair from 8/14 thru 8/19. The date set for the Military Day is 8/18. (Usually free admission for Vets) The Wall will be set up just outside the entrance to the Fair Grounds where there will free parking for visitors. Volunteers will be needed on a 24/7 basis to receive and answer questions for visitors. Docent volunteers will be needed for 3 hour shifts and three at a time. Volunteers will also be needed to help set-up the Wall on 8/14. So anyone with some time on any of those days, please call the office at 481-6020. We could use some help honoring our California Veterans that are on the Wall and to let Vietnam Veterans know that the Chapter is available for them.