VFW Host Veteran Assistance April 18

By  Al Morrissette

(Victor Valley)– This Coming Monday,  April 18, the Tri-Community VFW Post 9415 will host their first Veteran VA  Claims Event between the hours of 10am-noon. The purpose of the event is to work with local veterans through the Veteran Affairs Administration to help resolve some claim issues and to clarify procedures and claim definitions. The event is open to any military veteran and due to space limitations and sensitivity of the event only veterans are requested to attend.

Past Post Commander, Larry Morris, was recently appoints by County First District Supervisor, Brad Mitzelfelt, to the countywide Veterans Advisory Committee. That committee consists of 11 county residents that provide research and solutions of county veteran issues to the Board of Supervisors. He also serves as the Vice-President of the California Chapter of Rolling Thunder, a Viet Nam Veteran organization that established the Viet Nam Memorial, The MIA/POW flags flown over government facilities and has helped in establishing veteran related legislation at the federal and state levels.

Morris is coordinating this event reaching out to other government representatives at the state and federal levels. Answering that call and working closely with Morris is JD Kennedy, who is the Military Affairs Representative for Congressman “Buck” McKeon.

McKeon is the Chairman of the Congressional Arms Services Committee and as well as having the needs and services to current military personnel at heart, McKeon is a primary advocate for veteran personnel. Kennedy has confirmed that he will be bringing a veteran affairs representative from the VA office to field questions and concerns on a variety of subject matter including: Claims delay or denials, Claim percentages and developing a claim tracking system.

Morris has also reached out to the High Desert Vet Center, who will also have representative attending. The Vet Center is located at 15095 Armargosa Rd, Ste 107 in Victorville and can be reached between the hours of 8am-4:30pm M-F at (760) 241-7828. This Vet Center was opened last year on June 4 as part of the 1979 Congressional supported outreach to Viet Nam Veterans that had several adjustment challenges as well as employment issues. Since that time the centers have established 232 locations and serviced over 1.5 million combat veterans and their families from all wars including the current situations.

Newly elected 17th District State Senator Sharon Runner will be represented by her Field Rep, Ken Anderson and 36th District Assemblyman Steve Knight will have his Field Rep Rebecca Tenison in attendance. Runner is new to her position but has shown concern and interest in California veteran issues. Knight is serving his second term in the assembly and has sponsored and passed several California veteran related legislation.

“We are very concerned for all our local servicemen and personnel at the Post and take pride in the assistance we give to them and their families”, said Morris, “But sometimes veterans need help in understand how the VA can and will assist them. This event is made to help those that need VA assistance or are having trouble getting it for one reason or another.” The Tri-Community VFW Post is located on the corner of Nielsen and Johnson Rd. For more information you can contact Larry Morris at lkmmorris@msn.com.

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