Scott Peters and Military Veterans

Scott Peters has a new advert on the “No Budget, No Pay” act that he helped pass. When the GOP later shut down the government he donated his pay to help military families. It’s a great reminder of how Scott has supported Veterans and one of the many reasons we support Scott.

The advert even features some of our club members. Take a look now, and share with friends and colleagues.

The advert comes just a week after Veterans gathered to support Scott’s re-election campaign, with one veteran thanking Peters for being “able to move mountains” on his behalf and another calling Peters “honest, intelligent, diligent and effective.”

The group of veterans and their family members included Jack Harkin, a retired Marine, registered Republican and former chair of the San Diego County United Veterans Council. He “enthusiastically” endorsed Peters and called him “by far the best choice for Congress in 2014.”

The group also included Michael Renstrom, an Air Force veteran and registered Republican. He thanked Peters for accomplishing something that Renstrom’s two previous congressmen had been unable to do: Track down Renstrom’s VA medical records, which had been missing for 44 years.

“Your staff is absolutely heads and shoulders above anybody I’ve ever met before,” Renstrom said, adding that Peters “has been able to move mountains…That’s the reason I’m here today.”

Former San Diego mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher, a Marine veteran who hosted the event, noted Peters’ numerous accomplishments during his first term in Congress. Those accomplishments include playing a leading role in passing a bill to begin reforming the troubled Veterans Administration. The President signed the bill last week.

Other accomplishments include helping launch the Military Transition Support Project, which will provide a central hub for new veterans transitioning into civilian life. He has also co-sponsored the Veterans Pension Protection Act, the Veterans Employment Transition Act, the GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act and the Veterans Education Equity Act.

Fletcher noted that Peters has been successful in gaining support from all political stripes among military veterans. “Standing here today you have proud Democrats, proud Republicans and I suppose you have those who are somewhere in between,” he said.

Fletcher also criticized Carl DeMaio for his ties to the Tea Party and his abysmal record on public-safety issues while serving on the San Diego City Council. “He fundamentally and philosophically doesn’t respect those who wear the uniform,” Fletcher said.

Veterans Plaza & the OB Community Development Corporation

SDVetDems:

Take a look at the plans and consider making a donation, or forward to friends and family.

Originally posted on POINT LOMA DEMS:

Vets-PlazaOcean Beach Veterans Plaza isa memorial to honor those whoserved and are still serving in the armed forces.

Since 1997 the memorial has corroded thanks to the salt-air, foot-traffic and marshmallows! Many of the inscriptions are barelylegible.

The Ocean Beach Community Development Corporation (OBCDC) was awarded a grant from the County Board of Supervisors and the Office of Ron Roberts to improvethe memorial,asa collaborative effortbetween OBCDC, OBMA, OB Planning Board, OB Historical Society, and the OB Community Foundation.

Community Input for New Design

The key principles forthe new design are to:

  • createa memorial that will stand as a place of honor, remembrance, and reflection
  • communicate that Ocean Beach and its citizens cherish the sacrifice and dedication of all its veterans
  • preserve the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice
  • design a space that shall be long lasting

There have been two public workshops…

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San Diego Health and Wellness Resource and Career Fair

Kare4AmerKare4Amer* will be hosting a Health & Wellness Event

The event caters to the local community, families and individuals, military veterans and more, who are seeking more information in the Healthcare related field or simply finding out information on quality and affordable healthcare. Kare 4 Amer’s goal is to bridge the gap between the local community and the employer / educational institutions; whose primary focus is to outreach and recruit for the open positions or opportunities available to them.

This event will offer Free Health Screenings of all types offered by local healthcare companies. There will also be tons of fun activities for families and children who attend the event.

If you would like to take part in this event, please simply click here to register for the
event.

When
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Where
At the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center 404 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92114
(In the Community Room)

Kare 4 Amer
Kare 4 Amer hosts Health and Wellness Events throughout San Diego County. We are a brand new organization based in San Diego, CA. We do this to help the community become more aware of the health care options as well as information. There will also be employment and educational opportunities available for them as well to help boost the economy.

Remembering Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

Memorial Day 2014

Friends,

How much would you pay for your freedom? Ever since the American Revolution, men and women in the armed forces have given their lives to protect our cherished freedoms and way of life. According to the Los Angeles Times, California has suffered 745 casualties in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars alone. Thirty-five of these fallen heroes called San Diego home, the most of any city in the state.

Each year, on the last Monday of May, Americans celebrate Memorial Day, a day to remember those who have fallen in battle. Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day because of the tradition of adorning the graves of our war dead with flowers or American flags. This Memorial Day, I will be honoring that tradition and decorating the graves of people to whom we owe a debt that is too great to be paid. I hope you will join me in visiting the graves of those we lost or will take a few moments from your day to reflect on their sacrifice.

While we remember those who have given their lives, it is also important to ensure that those who have returned from war are given our full support for a successful transition back to civilian life. Many have sustained grave injuries or suffer from conditions that interfere with their being able to care for themselves and their families.

That is why I supported setting aside $6 million in the 2013-14 state budget for creating strike teams to assist veterans in securing their benefits from the federal government. I am pleased to report that these teams have increased the number of claims reviewed by over 11,000, resulting in over $4 million in additional payments to deserving veterans.

California’s military tradition is very strong. Our state has the highest active duty military population in the country and the second largest population of veterans of any state. San Diego has the second largest veterans population of all California cities. One out of every four jobs in San Diego is the result of military spending.

Serving our country is also a strong tradition in my own family, including my father, who served in World War II; my brothers; my twin sister; and my cousins and uncles. On Monday I will also honor them.

It is only fitting that we remember those who serve, not only on Memorial Day, but every day.

Warmly,

Toni G. Atkins
Speaker of the Assembly
78th Assembly District