Ocean Beach Veterans Plaza Name Inscriptions

266Veterans Plaza Name Inscription Application – Now Available

Applications are now available to reserve an inscription on the memorial wall of the new Ocean Beach Veterans Plaza. There is space for a total of 2,100 inscriptions and all will have the same format.

Click here to download the application or click here to complete the form online.

This project is being led by the Ocean Beach Community Development Corporation (OBCDC), and they reported:

“Ocean Beach Veterans Plaza, located at the corner of Newport Avenue and Abbott Street, where Newport meets the beach, was constructed in 1997 as a memorial to honor those that have served and are still serving in the armed forces. Over time, the plaza has become worn down due to the corrosive nature of salt air and a high amount of foot traffic. This memorial is currently in disrepair with many of the inscriptions, including a Medal of Honor recipient, being so worn down that they have become illegible.

The Ocean Beach Community Development Corporation (OBCDC) was awarded a grant from the County Board of Supervisors and the Office of Ron Roberts to start on a design to redevelop this important area of Ocean Beach. This is a collaborative project between OBCDC, OBTC, OBMA, OB Planning Board, OB Historical Society, and the OB Community Foundation – all of these organizations have been presented the design at public meetings and voiced support for this project. The OB Town Council and the Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association have both donated $10,000 each to the project.”

Click here to learn more.

Jul 23 – Movie Presentation of Project 22

eb0c413b3f3278f1aae1ec09e8a9c3e7After tragedy struck home last year, two combat-wounded veterans set out to end a little-known epidemic in America. Their 6,500-mile cross-country mission was to raise awareness of the high rate of suicide amongst Veterans and show their brothers and sisters-at-arms that there is hope for them. During their journey, they interviewed researchers, healthcare providers, and Veterans. Many of those they encountered had either contemplated or attempted suicide and were able to share the life-saving alternative sources of hope that they had found. Asking hard-hitting questions and opening up about their own struggles, and painfully spurred on by recent estimations that 22 veterans are taking their own lives every single day, Daniel and Doc will stop at nothing to reach tomorrow’s twenty-two.

Promoted by Ryan Ahlering
This event will only take place if enough tickets are sold.

When
Thursday, July 23 6:30PM – 8:17PM

Where
Reading Cinemas Town Square 14
4665 Clairemont Dr, San Diego, CA, US, 92117 (map)

$11.00 General

Book your tickets here.

Rep. Peters Receives Major Veterans Endorsement

The-Veterans-VisionSan Diego — Rep. Scott Peters received a major endorsement today from VETERANS’ VISION, a national publication that advocates for military veterans.

“With all that he has done within his first term, Scott Peters has proven to be a true champion for veterans,” the publication announced today.

VETERANS’ VISION cited Peters’ work on issues ranging from launching the Military Transition Support Project, which helps veterans transition into civilian life, to making education more affordable to veterans. Peters was instrumental in helping pass a bill, since signed into law by the president, that begins the process of reforming the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs.

VETERANS’ VISION looked hard at both candidates before endorsing Peters.

“Having experience in environmental, economic and legal fields, Congressman Scott Peters is the well-rounded advocate veterans need,” the publication said. “Placing veterans’ issue as a top priority is exactly why many veterans proudly vouch for him.”

Peters thanked VETERANS’ VISION for taking the time to extensively review the records of both candidates.

“I’m extremely proud of my work on behalf of veterans and making sure our nation honors its sacred promises to them,” Peters said. “I’m honored that VETERANS’ VISION has taken the time to look closely at this race and give me their support.”

VETERANS’ VISION press release is below:

Falls Church, Virginia – The long established national VETERANS’ VISION publication put its hard-earned credibility behind Scott Peters today, fighting in support of his election to the United States House of Representatives.

Having experience in environmental, economic, and legal fields, Congressman Scott Peters is the well-rounded advocate veterans need. Placing veterans’ issues as a top priority is exactly why many veterans proudly vouch for him. He is in the Armed Services Committee, and is known for reaching across the aisle to get what veterans’ deserve. Peters has cosponsored numerous acts such as Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act, Retired Pay Restoration Act, GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act, and has introduced the Veteran Employment Transition Act along with other acts. 

Congressman Peters has also been an instrumental part in developing and launching the Military Transition Support Project, which helps veterans transition into civilian life. With all that he has done within his first term, Scott Peters has proven to be a true champion for veterans. 

Scott Peters affirmed the Veteran’s Bill of Rights (VBOR) which states that 1) Veterans are a top priority; 2) He supports reducing the wait time on disability claims from the current 273 day average to 125; 3) The VA should negotiate for its procurement services, and 4) The VA should fill out all possible insurance claims owed to it.

Since 1993, the VETERANS’ VISION has harnessed the power of the media on behalf of American Veterans, by keeping the elected officials’ ‘feet to the fire.’ Two U.S. Presidents, four Presidential candidates, ten Cabinet Secretaries, 20 Presidential appointees to the DoD, and over 120 Members of Congress have contributed original articles to the publication. Every two years, the most carefully read portion of the publication is the section on endorsements for federal office.

In addition to its national circulation, the publication has been handed out by the tens of thousands at the last ten national party conventions. Endorsements by the publication have proven to be highly coveted, and some can be viewed by web searching “The VETERANS’ VISION publication endorsements.” The website also includes photographs and past covers from the master cartoonist, Bruce Norris.

Featuring articles of interest to veterans and non-veterans alike, the publication focuses the experience and dedication of our country’s leaders on the challenges facing our nation.

Alex Roth
Communications Director
Scott Peters for Congress
cell – 619-228-3253
Twitter: @alexroth3

9 Facts You May Not Know About the Navy on its 239th Birthday

Originally posted on The Official USO Blog:

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens cut a birthday cake with the most junior sailor in attendance to celebrate Navy's 239th birthday. Navy photo by  Peter D. Lawlor Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens cut a birthday cake with the most junior sailor in attendance to celebrate Navy’s 239th birthday. Navy photo by Peter D. Lawlor

Steadfast to the bitter end, Navy tradition isn’t all rum punch and pollywogs. On its 239th Birthday, here are nine things you may not know about the United States Navy:

1. Bravo Zulu means “well done”

Through World War II, sailors who did well were told “Tare Victor George,” which was code for “well done.” After the war, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was formed and it standardized communications. NATO created a system of B-flags for administrative communication. The last B-flag was BZ. The Allied Naval Signal Book created the phonetics for each letter and BZ became Bravo Zulu.

2. So explain gun salutes …

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Peters Campaign Unveils New TV Ad: “Cares”

Ad Features Powerful Testimonial from Republican Veteran

The Scott Peters for Congress Campaign released its fourth TV ad, “Cares,” today. The ad tells the story of Michael Renstrom, a Republican and Vietnam War veteran, who spent decades trying to get his medical records from the VA before Rep. Peters finally got him the help he needed. The ad will air throughout California’s 52nd Congressional District on network and cable television as well as on line.

Renstrom, a San Diego resident and Air Force veteran, spent four decades trying without success to locate his military medical records, which had been misplaced by the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs. His previous congressmen had been unable to locate the records. But after taking office in 2012, Rep. Peters’ office tracked down the long-missing file, so Renstrom could finally apply for the medical coverage he had earned.

“I was a sergeant in the United States Air Force,” Renstrom says as the ad opens. “I fought in the Vietnam War.”

Renstrom’s narration continues: “Entering the VA system, we found out I probably had a traumatic brain injury. Those medical records had never caught up with my file. I’ve been dealing with this for 43 long years. Seemed like it was never going to happen.”

As Renstrom explains in the ad, Rep. Peters stepped in, “cut through the red tape” and “got me the help I needed.”

“I’m a Republican but I’m for Scott Peters,” Renstrom says as the ad concludes.

“Michael Renstrom’s story is a powerful testimonial and a first-hand account of Rep. Scott Peters’ effectiveness and service to his constituents. Scott Peters will make sure our nation honors its promises to our veterans,” said Alex Roth, communications director for the Scott Peters for Congress Campaign.