Disabled American Veterans Mt. Diablo Chapter 154

Disabled American Veterans Mt. Diablo Chapter 154 Meetings are held the 4th Saturday of the month starting at 10 AM. Enter thru the back of the Building

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Photos from Delta Veterans Group's post
06/14/2021

Photos from Delta Veterans Group's post

06/02/2021
Our sincere condolences to DAV PNC Jim Sursely's family he truly was a great man and will be missed greatly....
06/01/2021

Our sincere condolences to DAV PNC Jim Sursely's family he truly was a great man and will be missed greatly....

DAV Past National Commander (PNC) Jim Sursely has sadly passed away during a trip to Montana.

It's with a heavy heart that DAV wishes the very best to his family and loved ones. When in a room, Jim owned it with compassion and respect.

PNC Sursely was a combat-disabled veteran of the Vietnam War and was elected national commander of DAV at the organization’s national convention in Reno, Nevada, in 2004. In 2015, Sursely was elected to the board of directors of the Disabled Veterans’ Life Memorial Foundation.

A native of Rochester, Minnesota, Sursely enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1966. He volunteered for duty in Vietnam in 1968 and was assigned to the Americal Division’s 17th Armored Cavalry. During a combat mission in January 1969, he detonated an enemy land mine, which resulted in the traumatic amputation of his legs above the knee and left arm above the elbow. Following emergency helicopter evacuation to the 95th Evacuation Hospital at Da Nang, hospitalization in Japan and extensive recuperation at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Colorado, he was medically discharged.

04/21/2021

Delta Veterans Group is Honored to recognize PFC. Jack Hannigan (U.S. Army) as our "Hero of the Month" for April 2021.

Private First Class John (Jack) E. Hannigan
December 13, 1944-November 8, 1965
Served March 1965-November 1965
U.S.Army

Antioch’s John (Jack) Hannigan spent less than a year serving in the Army and ended giving the ultimate sacrifice to his country.

At age 20, the Antioch native died of wounds sustained during a hostile attack in the Bien Hoa Province, South Vietnam, as a member of the First Battalion (Airborne) 503rd Infantry Regiment. He started his tour of duty in September of 1965.

According to a local newspaper article from December 1965, PFC Hannigan was posthumously honored for his “valorous service” in Vietnam. The Bronze Star and the distinguished Purple Heart were presented to his parents. Also in attendance was his 19-year-old brother, Mike, who was nearing the end of basic training for the Army......

To learn more about this and other DVG programs visit www.deltaveteransgroup.org.

Veterans and Advocates,Last week, the California State Commanders Veterans Council (CSCVC) launched its new Advocacy Act...
04/20/2021
Yes on SB 661 – Keep Veteran Homeownership Affordable

Veterans and Advocates,

Last week, the California State Commanders Veterans Council (CSCVC) launched its new Advocacy Action Center via VoterVoice. The CSCVC online tool allows veterans and advocates to easily engage in priority legislation by sending pre-written letters to their state legislative reps in a few seconds.

The CSCVC is currently focusing its efforts on SB 661 (Newman) regarding the CalVet Home Loan Program, which has helped 425,000 veterans purchase homes to date. Despite the many changes in California’s housing market, CalVet’s Home Loan Program hasn’t seen an update in 45 years. SB 661 modernizes this vital program by allowing veterans to refinance their CalVet loans with better interest rates, take out loans with shorter payback terms, and other quality of life updates. SB 661 will help veterans achieve or maintain existing homeownership – which is why CSCVC and a number of other VSOs stand in strong support of this important legislation.

Here’s where you can help: Please help us tell the Senate that the veterans’ community strongly supports SB 661 and veteran homeownership. Click the link to visit the CSCVC Action Center tool to send a pre-written letter in support to your state senator. Input your information, and the tool will automatically send your support to your legislator. Veteran Leadership – please share this email with your individual members.

https://www.votervoice.net/CSCVC/campaigns/83910/respond

We look forward to engaging in future campaigns with the VoterVoice tool, and strengthening the voices of California’s veterans. Thank you for your support!

What is a CalVet Home Loan?The CalVet Home Loan Program provides low-interest, low upfront-cost home loans to veterans purchasing a home in California. CalVet loans have zero down payment requirements and recently expanded eligibility to encourage...

04/14/2021

Legislative Alert-Support SB 344
"Major Richard Star Act".

Today Department of California Commander Mike Kerr sent the following letter to both California Senators.

As the Department of California DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Commander representing over 70,000 Lifetime Member’s, and your constituent. I write to ask for your support of an important bill that will affect the quality of life of many injured and ill veterans, their dependents and survivors.

On February 22, Senators Jon Tester, Jerry Moran and Mike Crapo introduced the Major Richard Star Act, bipartisan legislation that would authorize concurrent receipt of Department of Defense (DoD) retired pay and VA disability for those injured in a combat zone and forced to medically retire under Chapter 61.

Currently, 42,000 military retirees with combat-related injuries qualify for both medical retirement pay for their military service from DoD and for disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). However, for retired veterans with less than 20 years of service, their disability pay is deducted from their retirement pay. The Major Richard Star Act would repeal this unfair offset, allowing combat disabled veterans to receive both their DoD retirement pay and their VA disability compensation benefits.

The bill is named in honor of Major Richard A. Star—a father, husband, and decorated war veteran—who, as a result of his combat -related injuries, was medically retired. Major Star sadly lost his battle with cancer on February 13, 2021.

I ask that you support S. 344 and become a co-sponsor of the legislation. Please advise me of your intentions with respect to this bill.

Advocate
04/13/2021
Advocate

Advocate

​ DAV is a tax-exempt organization, chartered by congress, and all contributions are tax-deductible according to IRS regulation.

Photos from Department of California DAV Benefit Protection Team's post
03/11/2021

Photos from Department of California DAV Benefit Protection Team's post

03/08/2021

On Wednesday, March 10th, DAV will be providing testimony before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee at their hearing: Military Toxic Exposures: The Human Consequences of War.

It will be at 3 pm and can be viewed via their website.

https://www.veterans.senate.gov/

03/03/2021

On Wednesday, March 3 at 10am ET, National Commander Stephen “Butch” Whitehead will present DAV’s legislative agenda before a joint session of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees, joined by Washington HQ Executive Director Randy Reese, National Service Director Jim Marszalek and National Legislative Director Joy Ilem.

View the National Commander’s live, virtual testimony at: http://dav.la/2pa.

02/24/2021

A native of Vallejo, California, and the daughter of a “Buffalo Soldier,” Army First Sergeant Delphine Metcalf-Foster entered the Army Reserves in 1975. Her military career included service with the U.S. Army Reserve, 689th Quartermaster Unit, 6253rd Hospital Unit and 6211th Transportation Unit, Letterman Army Medical Center.

1SG Metcalf-Foster was injured in January 1991 while serving in Saudi Arabia in support of Desert Storm/Desert Shield. At the time, she was supporting the Grave Registration Company mission. 1SG Metcalf-Foster was medically evacuated to Germany for care and treatment. While this injury ultimately forced her retirement in 1996, it also started 1SG Metcalf-Foster’s work on behalf of injured Veterans.

In 2017, 1SG Metcalf-Foster, was elected National Commander for the more than1 million-member DAV at the organization’s 2017 National Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana. When sworn in as the National Commander of the Disabled American Veterans, 1SG Metcalf-Foster became the first female National Commander in its 96-year history and the first women to lead any major Veterans organization.

1SG Metcalf-Foster is a life member of Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 21, Vallejo, California. She currently serves on the First Data Military Advisory Council and is a member of the DAV Department of California Claims and Service Committee, and has served as Chairman for the DAV Department of California Resolution Committee. 1SG Metcalf-Foster also completed a four-year appointment as a member of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on Women Veterans in November 2015.
1SG Metcalf-Foster’s awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, and the Southeast Asia Service Medal with Bronze Star.

For her continued service to our country, it was with pride that we named WCC’s Delphine in honor of United States Army First Sergeant Delphine Metcalf-Foster, Ret.. Today, we humbly honor her service during Black History Month.

#FurTheLoveOfVeterans #blackhistorymonth

Are you a Veteran that is Homeless or at Risk of being Homeless? There is Help!!...If you or someone you know is a homel...
02/23/2021
Lost in the City - PTSD and Veteran Homelessness

Are you a Veteran that is Homeless or at Risk of being Homeless? There is Help!!...

If you or someone you know is a homeless veteran in need of assistance, please contact the Disabled American Veterans at www.dav.org. The DAV can counsel individuals on the many VA benefits for which they may be entitled.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a leading contributor to the homelessness of nearly 40,000 American veterans. Another 1.4 million are at-risk.If you or som...

02/19/2021

Calling all Women Veterans: it's time to celebrate you! RSVP for our first Women Veterans Spring Tea at https://bit.ly/2MW8rPr. All are welcome!

When Marine Corps veteran Robert Jordan received a cancer diagnosis due to Agent Orange exposure, his path to benefits w...
01/27/2021
DAV - Bringing Peace to the Peacekeeper

When Marine Corps veteran Robert Jordan received a cancer diagnosis due to Agent Orange exposure, his path to benefits was met with road blocks. DAV stepped in to help get him a quick decision, so this veteran could finally focus on healing.

Robert T. Jordan always wanted to be a Marine. Born during the Great Depression and growing up throughout World War II, he watched Marines return from the Pacific and admired their presence, which struck him as “proud, good people.” 

01/14/2021
COVID-19 vaccines at VA | Veterans Affairs

COVID-19 vaccines at VA

The VA working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal partners to provide COVID-19 vaccines to Veterans and VA health care personnel. They know you have a lot of questions, and information is changing quickly. Please check back often for updates. The VA willcontinue to update the linked page below as they have new information to offer.

We're working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal partners to provide COVID-19 vaccines to Veterans and VA health care personnel. We know you have a lot of questions, and information is changing quickly. Please check back often for updates.

01/06/2021
DAV

DAV

H. R. 7105 has been signed into law by President Trump. This omnibus veterans bill contains many legislative victories that DAV has championed over the last two years. Veterans and surviving spouses will want to know about these sweeping changes!

DAV is committed to ensuring that the men and women who stood up for America have the tools, resources and opportunities...
01/01/2021
Veterans Employment Assistance from DAV

DAV is committed to ensuring that the men and women who stood up for America have the tools, resources and opportunities they need to competitively enter the job market and secure meaningful employment.

DAV recognizes the value, talent, education and work ethics that veterans add to the workforce. Through our partnership with RecruitMilitary, DAV will sponsor job fairs including virtual events, to connect veterans with employers nationwide who are committed to hiring them.

DAV is committed to providing employment opportunities for veterans.

Disabled American Veterans Department of South Carolina
12/20/2020

Disabled American Veterans Department of South Carolina

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Department of California DAV Benefit Protection Team
12/13/2020
Department of California DAV Benefit Protection Team

Department of California DAV Benefit Protection Team

What may be the most significant legislative effort for women veterans in the last two years passed out of the Senate this week, one step closer to becoming law.

The Deborah Sampson Act, an omnibus bill intended to remove barriers and improve women veterans' care, passed the House more than a year ago. It was, in large part, the work of the House Women Veterans Task Force. Now, after a few changes, it heads back to the House for final approval before it moves to the president's desk to become law. House Veterans Affairs Committee ranking member Phil Roe, R-Tennessee, said the House is expected to vote to send the bill to the president in coming days.

Department of California DAV Benefit Protection Team
12/10/2020
Department of California DAV Benefit Protection Team

Department of California DAV Benefit Protection Team

On November 5th, 2020 the California State Commanders Veterans Council (CSCVC) with the support of State of CA Commander's representing a large majority of California's 1.8 million Veteran's from the DAV to the VFW submitted a letter to the Governor's office.

Members of the California State Commanders Veterans Council (CSCVC) say that these closures have resulted in a drop in services to veterans across the state.

Veterans posts have been erroneously classified as “bars” due to their membership-only, restrictive liquor license. Due to this misclassification, our halls and posts will be some of the last to open, despite the critical role that our posts serve in connecting our state’s veterans with the benefits and services they need.

Veteran's Service Organization posts serve a critical role in connecting veterans to essential services and benefits such as healthcare, mental health services, education, and job training. Since the posts have been shut down, there has been a decrease in claims for veteran disability and pension benefits – totaling millions of unclaimed dollars in just 8 months of closure.

Today we Honor Pearl Harbor Survivor and DAV Chapter 7 Life Member Mickey Ganitch (USS Pennsylvania).Navy sailor Mickey ...
12/07/2020
Survivors remember Pearl Harbor at home this year amid virus

Today we Honor Pearl Harbor Survivor and DAV Chapter 7 Life Member Mickey Ganitch (USS Pennsylvania).

Navy sailor Mickey Ganitch was getting ready to play in a Pearl Harbor football game as the sun came up on Dec. 7, 1941. Instead, he spent the morning — still wearing his football padding and brown team shirt — scanning the sky as Japanese planes rained bombs on the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Seventy-nine years later, the coronavirus pandemic is preventing Ganitch and other survivors from attending an annual ceremony remembering those killed in the attack that launched the United States into World War II. The 101-year-old has attended most years since the mid-2000s but will have to observe the moment from California this year because of the health risks.

The coronavirus pandemic is preventing Pearl Harbor survivors from attending an annual ceremony to remember those killed in the 1941 attack.

The Disabled American Veterans Mt. Diablo Chapter 154 in Contra Costa County California wishes You and your Family a ver...
11/26/2020

The Disabled American Veterans Mt. Diablo Chapter 154 in Contra Costa County California wishes You and your Family a very Blessed Thanksgiving.

Remember as you gather with your family to reflect on your blessings, please take a moment to post your message below to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to our troops serving away from home on the holiday, and let them know you are grateful for their sacrifice, spending their holiday separated from their families so that you can enjoy yours in peace.

Department of California DAV Benefit Protection Team
11/24/2020

Department of California DAV Benefit Protection Team

When veterans are ill with diseases due to toxic exposures during their military service, our obligation to them should take priority; however, VA has not acted to add these presumptive diseases. Vietnam veterans cannot afford to continue waiting for VA; therefore, we call on Congress to pass the NDAA with the inclusion of Amendment 1972, which is supported by over 30 organizations.

Today the Department of California DAV Legislative Team mailed a letter to both the House Majority and Minority leaders asking for their Support of Amendment 1972.

Although the Vietnam War ended over 50 years ago, tens of thousands of veterans are still suffering from the consequences of Agent Orange exposure. We urge you to support the inclusion of Amendment 1972 into the NDAA. Veterans and their families need your help to end the wait.

Join the DAV and 30 other Veteran's Service organizations and demand Congress to pass Amendment 1972.

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This is the department Adjutant Johnnie Walker. If you spare me some of your time, I would like to discuss with you an ongoing program with the DAV DEPT in conjunction with AMVETS and the GRADIENT GROUP. All you need to do is send in a request and you would be welcomed 😊.
Hello Everyone! I'm looking for Bay Area veterans to be in a commercial with NewDay USA. We specialized in casting real people so no performance experience necessary! WHO: Veteran Men + Women of any cultural backgrounds, age 30-70. WHEN: filming Tuesday, Feb 4th WHERE: Marin County COMPENSATION: $750 TO APPLY, please send the following by 12 PM on THURSDAY, JANUARY 30th to [email protected] -Name: -Age: -Email: -Phone Number: -City You Live In: -Your availability on Feb 4th: -A brief bio of you who are, what you do for work, and your hobbies (2-3 sentences): -3-5 current photos (including 1 full body) -1 VERY short video you saying your name, where you're from, and answering one of these questions (we just want to see your personality shine!): >What would your superpower be and why? >If you could ask your pet 2 questions, what would they be? >What is a funny mixup or situation that's happened to you? >What's your go-to karaoke song? Sing a few lines! Feel free to share this with anyone who might be interested!
Thanks for what you do for our brothers and sisters! Chaplain Tittle, Martinez VA.. Life Member