Oct 18 – The Three Wise Men Tribute

midway_frontImagine a Saturday afternoon at an iconic San Diego location — the USS Midway Museum. Include music, food, and good company all benefiting a good cause and you have the Three Wise Men Tribute.

Our community is coming together on Saturday, October 18th to raise awareness and raise funds to support our returning veterans. A ticket to attend the event is only $25 per person.

The event will feature some of the world’s top crossfit athletes competing in an exciting athletic tribute on the deck of the USS Midway. It promises to be an exciting afternoon and all the proceeds go to supporting our returning veterans. However, space is limited so please buy your ticket today.

The gates to the Midway open at 8am and the tribute events begin at 9am. The tribute will conclude around 1:30pm and then you can then enjoy the rest of the day aboard the USS Midway.

Click here to purchase a spectator ticket.

Can’t attend? You can donate here.

We hope you will join us in support of this cause and that you will help spread the word as well.

Semper Fi,

Nathan Fletcher

P.S. Who are the Three Wise Men? Find out here.

The War on Veteran Suicide Starts at Home

War on Veteran SuicideEach day, 22 veterans from the U.S. Armed Services take their own lives. Think about that – between now and the time you wake up tomorrow morning, nearly two dozen American military servicemembers will have died from suicide. That’s not just a problem; it’s an epidemic. Thirteen years after September 11, veterans today have the highest suicide rate of any population in America. As a veteran of the Iraq war myself, I can no longer stand by and watch this happen to my fellow service members. I started a petition calling on the Department of Veteran Affairs to provide veterans with access to full-time health clinics – particularly at community colleges – where they can receive support. Will you sign my petition? Many veterans coming home suffer from PTSD, military sexual assault trauma, survivor’s guilt, or a host of other mental or physical ailments – all of which are fueling rates of veteran suicide. But we can turn the tables on this epidemic. We know from research that access to mental health care is critical for curbing the veteran suicide rate, and those services need to be easy for veterans to access. Community colleges are among the most popular re-entry points for veterans returning from war, and looking to further their education and career goals after their service. But most veterans have zero access to full-time clinics at their community colleges. That’s hundreds of thousands of veterans and active duty troops nationwide. If our government sends men and women into war, they also need to commit to taking care of them when they return home. Please click here to sign my petition calling on the Department of Veteran Affairs to fight the epidemic of veteran suicide, by making sure veterans have health care resources at America’s community colleges. I’m lucky enough to attend a community college in California – the City College of San Francisco – that provides a full-time health clinic for veterans like myself, so I’ve seen this work first hand. Together we can send the message that the lives of veterans need to be a priority, and help end the high rates of U.S. veteran suicide. Thank you, Dan Choi San Francisco, CA Sign Dan’s Petition Petitioning Sec. of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald This petition will be delivered to: Sec. of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald and Gov. Jerry Brown

Show Your Support to Nurses Organizing at the San Diego VA Hospital

NNU at SDVA

Update: Thanks to the hard work of the nurses and the support of the community there is a union representation election set for October 8th and 9th. But the struggle is not over. Unfortunately management is using some tactics out of a union busters manual to intimidate the nurses from having representation. So the nurses are having a rally on October 2nd, at 12noon at the San Diego VA, 3350 La Jolla Village Dr, San Diego, CA 92161

Nurses at the San Diego Veterans Administration Hospital are organizing and they need our support.

“The duty of registered nurses within the VA healthcare system is to provide high quality care and to advocate for the men and women who put their lives and health at risk defending our nation,” said Carla Melgun, an intensive care RN at the San Diego VA.

“We believe that the San Diego VA can improve its delivery of health care to our veterans, can improve it in a way similar to the entire VA system. We don’t need to replace the system, but we do need to hire more nurses and bedside caregivers. More nurses will ensure that our veterans get the safest, most focused, and most effective care that they have earned and deserve,” Melgun said.

Organizing would cover some 500 RNs at VA San Diego Hospital which is located adjacent to the Thornton campus of the University of California San Diego Medical Center. UC San Diego RNs are already represented by CNA, which represents more than 85,000 California RNs, including nearly 6,000 in San Diego County. NNU, the fastest growing union in the U.S., currently represents RNs at 22 VA hospitals across the U.S., part of a 185,000 member organization nationally.

Katie Phelan is encouraging us to send letters (or emails) of support to the VA. Here are two samples for you to download or copy/paste, as well as the addresses and contact details for you to send your letters of support for the nurses.

Community Support Letter (plain text and .docx formats)

Veterans Support Letter (plain text and .docx formats)

Addresses and contact details:

Robert McDonald
Secretary of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont NW
Washington DC
202-213-5781
Email: Robert.McDonald@va.gov

Jeffrey T. Gering
Director
VA San Diego Health Care System
3350 La Jolla Village Dr.
San Diego, CA 92161
858-642-3201
Jeffrey.gering@va.gov

Sandra Solem
Associate Director, Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive
VA San Diego Health Care System
3350 La Jolla Village Dr.
San Diego, CA 92161
858-642-3839
Sandra.solem@va.gov

If possible also send Katie a copy of your emails and/or letters that you send in support with your name and/or title so that the nurses get to see them as well. Sometimes they are so intent on doing their jobs as nurses they don’t realized the service they are providing to the Veterans and their communities.

Katie Phelan, NNU
Katie Phelan, NNU

Katie Phelan
CNA/NNU
National Nurses Organizing Committee
National Nurses United
813-418-1936 (cell)
kphelan@nationalnursesunited.org

www.calnurses.org/nnoc

Health care is a right…not a privilege.

Support Single-Payer Universal Healthcare.
www.SinglePayer.com

More information:
RNs, Veterans Call for Action to Improve Patient Care
San Diego Veterans Administration Nurses File for Election to Join Largest RN Union

NNU

Sep 21 – Sing-A-Long H.M.S. Pinafore – Pt Loma Concert to Benefit Veterans Valor Fund

SDVetDems:

If you like to sing-a-long to Gilbert and Sullivan get along to Pt Loma on Sunday 21. All proceeds benefit the Veterans Valor Fund.

Originally posted on POINT LOMA DEMS:

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Sing-A-Long with a star-studded local cast of San Diego favorites as Bodhi Tree Concerts presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore.

It is time to dust off those scores and get ready for ‘I am the Monarch of the Sea’, ‘Poor Little Buttercup’, and ‘We Sail the Ocean Blue’ – just to name a few.

Returning cast members will include Chad Frisque, Martha Howe and Walter DuMelle. More details here.

100% of profits will benefit Veterans Valor Fund, which was founded to address the unique employment issues facing military service members and veterans as they transition out of the military.

When
September 21, 2014 4PM​​

Where
All Souls’ Episcopal Church
1475 Catalina Boulevard
Point Loma, San Diego

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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.