Veterans Community Calendar

(Calendario de eventos Veteranos)

Editor’s Note: The Veterans’ Event Calendar is a community sourced collection of events that may be /are of interest to the greater Veteran community. Events are listed here because someone has asked the Veterans Community Calender coordinator, Fred Cota, [email protected], to share the information. If you have information that would be of interest to Veterans please let Fred Cota know. The only requirement is that it must come with a reliable point of contact. Please forward this page link to other veterans

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HOME OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE

 Laughter will Help Release PTSD

"Hearty laughter helps dislodge illogical logic in the head, so we can access the truth in our hearts."

Swami Beyondananda


PTSD: Seeking Out Mental Health Care is the First Step to Wellness

Service members, family members, and veterans who suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may repeatedly re-experience their ordeal as nightmares, flashbacks or frightening thoughts, especially when exposed to events that remind them of their original trauma, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
https://www.health.mil/News/Articles/2021/06/28/PTSD-seeking-out-mental-health-care-is-the-first-step-to-wellness?utm_medium=govdelivery&utm_source=email


Providing support in meeting the needs of those impacted by the Wild fires across California


CA State American Legion and VFW are in process of collecting monetary donations from Posts/Districts for organizations that are assisting in their AOR. Some of you may prefer helping by collecting items being requested. If you share a home with a Legion Post, I encourage you to work with them in that effort. We’re being told the items being requested include:

Tents – Sleeping Bags – Blankets – Hygiene Items/kits – N95 Masks – Box fans w/AC filters (for makeshift air filters) – Gift Cards for groceries/fuel – Can Openers – Water – non-perishable food items

The Legion Post in Elk Grove is currently being used as a collection point for items and they are delivering goods by truck to areas most in need. Please work with them in this effort whether it is by donating, organizing, and/or delivering. We are stronger and can be more impactful if our organizations work together.

Contacts for the Elk Grove collection site are: Henry Sanchez (916) 205-9296 and District Commander Brian McGuiness (916) 670-9846. Please reach out to them and extend a helping hand.

If need be, the Legion also has collections sites in Sanger and LA. Reach out to the Posts in those locations and offer your assistance.

Some of these fires are growing day by day with little relief in sight anytime soon. The Dixie, McFarland, Monument, and Calder fires are exploding right now.
https://www.legion.org/emergency/253429/department-california-collecting-distributing-supplies-wildfire-victims


United States Senate
COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' AFFAIRS WASHINGTON, DC 20510
August 31, 2021

Over the last two weeks, our country has watched the collapse of the government of Afghanistan and the deterioration of security for its people. We know that for most of you, watching these events unfold has been difficult and frustrating. Over the past two decades, you, your fellow service members, and your families have sacrificed greatly while fulfilling your mission in Afghanistan. As our hearts ache for the future of the Afghan people and for our Afghan allies, we will work to see that this war is ended responsibly. As Chair and Ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, we want each of you to know that you not only have our support, but also our admiration and confidence for what you have achieved and what you will go on to achieve for our country.
The current situation in Afghanistan is not the fault of men and women in uniform. You executed the War on Terror with world-class expertise, and our military will continue these critical counter-terrorism missions as long as necessary to keep our nation and its allies safe. The American public has trust in you, and for good reason. Your courage and compassion have been a bright and encouraging spot over these past two weeks. That is who the U.S. military is, and that will not change.
In the last 20 years, the U.S. military ousted the Taliban from power, eliminated the threat from al-Qaeda, and brought Osama bin Laden to justice. For ordinary Afghans, especially women and girls, your service and sacrifice delivered new opportunities to live free and to thrive in ways that were previously unimaginable. You also formed bonds of friendship with our interpreters, Afghan defense forces, and other Afghan allies. And for years now, you have engaged with Congress and Presidential administrations to ensure that our Afghan partners who worked and fought alongside U.S. forces are not left behind. Throughout this year and since the collapse of the Afghan government, these efforts have intensified, saving countless lives through your sheer determination and refusal to leave American allies on the battlefield.
Make no mistake, your service has left a lasting and unparalleled impact on this world. Whatever you are feeling in response to events in Afghanistan, we encourage you to
share your thoughts with friends and family. You are not alone in feeling upset, frustrated, or angry, and you should talk to a trusted mental health counselor or other veteran-serving community organization if those feelings persist or become overwhelming. f you or someone you know is having thoughts cf suicide, contact the Veterans Crisis Line to receive free, confidential support and crisis intervention available 24 hours a day, T days a week, 365 days a year. Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press I, text to 838255 or chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat. Additionally, if you are a veteran of Afghanistan or the Global War on Terror, please reach out to your fellow veterans, talk about what is happening, and help them connect to these resources if needed.
We are dedicated to ensuring you, and all veterans, have the right tools and resources to be successful after your service, and we will continue to push the Department of Veterans Affairs to match its services to the emerging needs of those of you who served in Afghanistan. We ask each of you to keep serving in any way you can. Our country is better off because of who you are, what you have done, and what you will do.
Sincerely,
Jon Tester Chairman Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
Jerry Moran Ranking Member Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs


Talking About Afghanistan – We're Here to Help


Current events in Afghanistan have left many in our community feeling understandably upset. The mental, physical and emotional wounds are deep. You may be wondering about the impact of your sacrifice and service, or the service of those who deployed there.
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USMHS/bulletins/2ed59ec


10 Ways to Protect Your Personal Information

https://blog.ssa.gov/10-ways-to-protect-your-personal-information/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery


Fraudsters don’t go on vacation—so it’s necessary for you and your loved ones to stay vigilant year round. Identity theft affects millions of people each year and can cause serious financial and identity-related issues. Protect yourself by securing your personal information, understanding the threat of identity theft, and exercising caution. We have a list of 10 things you can start doing now to protect yourself and your loved ones.

  1. Don’t believe calls, emails, texts, or any message that say you need to immediately pay to resolve a problem, such as legal trouble with the government or a virus on your computer, or even to collect a prize, like lottery or sweepstakes winnings. Legitimate businesses will not force you to make a payment over the phone as the only option, and will not require payment by prepaid debit card, gift card, Internet currency, or by mailing cash.
  2. Protect your Social Security number by keeping your card in a safe place at home. Don’t carry it around with you or provide your number unnecessarily.
  3. Be careful when you speak with unknown callers. Scammers may use legitimate phone numbers or the real names of officials to mislead you. If they threaten you or make you feel scared, hang up.
  4. Never give out your personal or financial information in response to an unsolicited call or message. And don’t post it on social media.
  5. Shred paper that contains personal information, such as your name, birth date, and Social Security number.
  6. Regularly check your financial accounts for suspicious transactions.
  7. Request and check a free credit report from each of the three credit bureaus every year: TransUnion, Equifax, and Experian.
    Install and maintain strong anti-virus software on all your devices—including your smartphone, personal computer, and tablet. Don’t fall for tech support scams, including pop-up warnings. If you need help fixing a problem on your computer, take it to someone you know and trust.
  8. Create strong passwords so others can’t easily access your accounts. Use different passwords for different accounts so if a hacker compromises one account, they can’t access other accounts. Check out the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) password checklist for tips.
  9. Never click on a link sent in an unsolicited email or text message—type in the web address yourself. Only provide information on secure websites.
  10. Stay smart. Stop scams.

Birthday Drive by to Celebrate Veterans

Welcoming Home Military Heroes

NO DUTY IS MORE URGENT, THAN THAT OF RETURNING THANKS

For more information and coming events see: https://www.welcomehomemilitaryheroes.org/

To request a "Veteran Drive By" event: https://www.welcomehomemilitaryheroes.org/mission-request

If you need a parade "fix": Welcome Home Military Heroes" organizes Welcome Homes for all our Military Heroes past and present, Memorial Services and other ‘missions’ for our Military Heroes across San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. We work hand and hand with the Patriot Guard Riders, all local American Legion Posts, local Air Force and National Guard/ Reserve bases and other Military organizations.

Check the Web site for "Birthday Drive by" that are coming up.


Military PFAS Lawsuits: Did You Get Sick from Contaminated Water?


Anyone who lived on a military base and suspects they developed cancer, thyroid disease or another illness as a result of exposure to contaminated water. https://www.classaction.org/pfas-water-cancer-thyroid-lawsuit



CPAP and BiPAP Recall


Do you use a Philips Respironics CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) or BiPAP (bi-level positive airway pressure) machine for sleep apnea? There’s recently been a recall on some of these devices. If you use one of these, learn about why they were recalled and what to do next.
If you don’t have a Philips Respironics device, continue using your device without taking any additional action.
https://www.myhealth.va.gov/mhv-portal-web/ss20210804-cpap-and-bipap-recall?inheritRedirect=true


Events:

SLO American Legion Post 66 is how open:

  • Monday Night Social  4:30pm to 7:00pm-ish!! And regular post meetings on Wed
  • Central Cost Vietnam Veterans of America chapter 982 is having their monthly meetings in person.
  • Santa Barbara VFW post 1649 will meet in person  (1st Thur Aug).
  • Santa Barbara American Legion post 49 will meet in person plus zoom option in Aug (2nd Thur Aug).
  • Santa Barbara AMVETS Post 3 are meeting in person (3rd Thur Aug)
  • Santa Barbara DAV Post 37 will meet in person (3rd Thur Sept)
  • Simi Valley VFW post 10049 is cooking. BBQ for take-out or outdoor patio dining
  • for more information 805 285-8844 OR [email protected]

VETERANS BREAKFAST WEDNESDAYS (the day may change)

The American Legion is currently negotiating for a firm start date with the Veterans Memorial Building.
The rise in the Delta variant is pushing the date back.
When we open, come on down and have breakfast with us. Hope to see you there.

The Santa Barbara Elks Lodge is working on re-starting the Bring a Vet to Lunch Program.

They are having two problems.
The first you may have guessed is the pandemic.
With the rise in the Delta variant, they don't want to endanger any veterans.
How this is where we can help, The Elks Lodge is looking for six(6) to eight(8) vaccinated and "Certified Food Safe" handlers to volunteer to serve the meal to the rest of the veterans at the lunch. (due to the pandemic they are very short staffed).
If you are interested in helping please let me know (I have two(2) volunteers so far).

The Elks are very supportive of Veterans and will be happy to extend a helping hand to any needy veteran.

Up Coming Parade Events

4 Sept: 78th Annual Elks Rodeo Parade, "Back In the Saddle Again "
0900 hrs on Broadway, Santa Maria CA
Some folks are working on a Veterans Day event (in Nov) for the Santa Ynez Valley.
The cities/communities (Solvang, Chumash, Santa Ynez and Los Olivos) are working on a parade(s) that might/could go through the valley and end with a big BBQ.
The Date might be the Saturday after Veterans' Day (13 November 2021).
If you might be interested in participating please let me know and I will pass your information along to the organizers.
The update is pending a "Parade Permit" (can't do anything with out the proper paper work).
SB Parade Support no staff, no office, no budget, all volunteers, most are veterans (civilians also welcome)  [email protected] 

Friday 17 September on the National POW/MIA Remembrance Day

1100 hrs, Camp San Luis Obispo and Master Sergeant Leroy Petry Chapter, Association of the US Army will be holding a brief ceremony on CpSLO.  This is a community remembrance ceremony, and all are invited.

Fortes Exercitus, Joseph Sweeney, Civilian Advisor to the Adjutant General, California, direct: (925) 895-6862, office: (805) 316-0306

Camp San Luis Obispo, 10 Sonoma Avenue, Bldg 738, Ste 230, San Luis Obispo, California 93405-7605

Other Local News:
Save the dates (Oct 18 - 22)

The Veterans' Ride 2 Recovery / California PROJECT HERO: Veterans with PTSD, Wounded or Disabled ride bicycles on a week long road trip from the bay area to Venture. Santa Barbara will again be hosting the riders for Lunch and Dinner on Friday 22 Oct (75 to 100 riders). Everyone is welcome to come down and help cook/serve (lunch or dinner shift) for the riders or just come down and  greet them as they arrive.  They are always happy and appreciative to see friendly and supportive faces all along the route.

Wreaths Across America 2021 Challenge:
The Santa Barbara American Legion put out about 1400 Wreaths in 6 different cemeteries in Ventura North and Santa Barbara South Counties in 2020.  This year, they received a “Challenge Grant”.  A fellow veteran and member of the post wants to see more wreaths put out. The Challenge: for the next three months (July, Aug & Sept) she will buy three wreaths for every 7 that the post takes orders/payments for. Making your effective buying power 10 wreaths for $100.
Send checks payable to American Legion Post 49, “Wreaths 2021 Challenge,” Santa Barbara American Legion Post 49, 112 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara CA 93101. Call or email Patrick Murphy 805 636-7961 or  [email protected] for more information

Blood Drive hosted by CCVVA Chapter 982 Guadalupe
September 24th
1400 hrs to  to 1800 hrs
Senior Center
4545 10th St.
Guadalupe, CA.
for more information email: [email protected]

Santa Barbara Navy League's 5th Annual Chili Cook-off

Live Auction, and BBQ

Thursday, September 30th, 5:00-8:00 PM

Chili Cook-off and BBQ

Start the night meeting and greeting, enjoy wine, beer, and taste the chili after the judges have finished. Cheer on your favorite First Responders and Military contestants. This will be followed by a fast paced and exciting live auction followed by the BBQ.

Carriage and Western Art Museum of Santa Barbara, 129 Castillo St, Santa Barbara, CA

Tickets are available for a limited time: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/santa-barbara-navy-leagues-5th-annual-chili-cook-off-tickets-161279253589

If you can't make it to the event, please donate. Funds support military men and women of our adopted units and their families: Santa Barbara Navy League, 805.879.1598, [email protected]

Vaccinations

For those of you waiting to get vaccinated, this is your opportunity to get one of the few benefits that you will not have to fight with the VA to get.

Please get vaccinated! The Delta Variant is all across the country. Today, your biggest risk factor for hospitalization from COVID-19 is not being vaccinated. To quote Dr. Fauci: "If you look at the deaths due to Covid-19 in the United States, 99.5% of them are among un-vaccinated people, and 0.5% are among vaccinated people, That's a very striking and telling statistic."

According to the Santa Barbara Department of Public Health, active COVID-19 cases are steadily on the rise in our community, with 120 new cases reported in the week ending Tuesday, July 13.

According to Dr. Van Do-Reynoso, director of the Santa Barbara Department of Public Health, the increase could be due to the highly infectious Delta variant, which was first discovered in India in December 2020, and is now the predominant strain in the United States and around the world. Dr. Lynn N. Fitzgibbons, infections disease physician, summarized the local impacts of the Delta Variant in a Community Update presented on July 8, 2020.  Researchers have yet to find a large difference in the severity of disease caused by the Delta variant as compared to other strains, but the Delta variant is the most highly transmissible of all known variants.     

Throughout California, most new cases of COVID-19 infections, serious disease, and hospitalization are happening among unvaccinated people and those who are immunocompromised. Fully vaccinated individuals are well protected against infection, severe illness, and hospitalization from all Covid-19 strains that are circulating locally, including the Delta, Alpha, and Gama variants.  An individual is fully vaccinated two weeks after the second dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine and one week after the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.  Effectiveness against the Delta variant after only a single dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine has been found to be low, and experts urge completing the full course of vaccinations.

As the Delta variant becomes more prevalent in Santa Barbara County it is increasingly urgent that eligible individuals become fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Vaccines are available on a walk-in basis at many pharmacies locally as well as by appointment or walk-in at Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital on Thursdays from 11am – 7pm.  For more information, or to schedule an appointment for vaccination, please visit the myturn.ca.gov website.

The Santa Barbara County Community Data Dashboard https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/030e625c69a04378b2756de161f82ef6offers frequent updates regarding Covid-19 variants and local case rates.

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY VETERANS STAND DOWN 2021
Saturday, October 16, 2021
0900 - 1300 hrs
Santa Maria Fairpark
937 S. Thornburg Street 
Santa Maria, CA 93454
(805) 346-8402
https://www.sbcountystanddown.com/index.html 

Veterans' vaccines: Call: 310 268-4900. Veterans and family members can get vaccines from the VA Healthcare system with no age limit. If you have Tri-Care, any local military base hospital is also offering vaccines to Veterans and family members as well as Active Duty and Dependencies.

Other Local News: save the dates (Oct 18 - 22)
The Veterans' Ride 2 Recovery / California PROJECT HERO: Veterans with PTSD, Wounded or Disabled ride bicycles on a week long road trip from the bay area to Venture.
Santa Barbara will again be hosting the riders for Lunch and Dinner on Friday 22 Oct (75 to 100 riders)
Everyone is welcome to come down and help cook/serve (lunch or dinner shift) for the riders or just come down and  greet them as they arrive.  They are always happy and appreciative to see friendly and supportive faces all along the route.

Honor Flight Central Coast California

Not yet!  Honor Flight Central Coast California is dedicated to providing our veterans with trips to Washington DC that are not only powerful and moving, but also fun and uplifting.  Even though the national Honor Flight organization is allowing trips to resume beginning August 16th, like many other western states’ hubs,  our local group is choosing to wait until spring 2022 to travel.  

There are several reasons driving this decision: current Covid restrictions require trip attendees to wear masks the entire time they are on planes, in airports, on buses and at all activities (excluding active eating and drinking).  Some of our usual trip stops are not yet available, and should any trip attendee become ill while traveling, quarantine requirements are extensive and can affect the entire group. This is not our idea of a good, safe (or fun) trip.  We are eager to get going again, but with trips that reflect our high standard of excellence. We anticipate by next spring we can deliver.

For the most current information see the Flight Information page on our website.

DONATE NOW: We depend on donations in order to take our heroes on their Tour of Honor.  There are numerous ways that you can donate to Honor Flight. 

With you credit card on our website: https://www.honorflightccc.org/donate/

Mail a check to Honor Flight PO Box 1750, Paso Robles CA 93447

If you shop on Amazon, set Honor Flight up as your charity on the Amazon Smile site.Everyone involved with Honor Flight donates their time. There is no paid staff. All donations go towards taking a veteran on their Tour Of Honor.

Meetings

Our board meetings are normally held the second Monday of each month and are open to the public.

When: 5:30 pm

Where: American Legion Post 66, 1661 Mill St, San Luis Obispo

If you have any questions contact Bear McGill (805) 610-4012 or [email protected]

Officers

Bear McGill - Chairman ([email protected])

Robert Tolan, Jr. - Vice Chairman ([email protected])

Jan Hansen - Secretary ([email protected])

Lesa John - Treasurer ([email protected])

Board Members

Loretta Borges             

Jay A. Conner

Maggie Cox

John Gajdos

Janice House

June Kester

Robert Tolan, Sr.

Caralee Wade

 

We Want You!

If you know a WWII or Korean war veteran, in San Luis Obispo or Santa Barbara counties, who has not been on a "Tour of Honor" flight, please contact on us at [email protected] or go to our website, honorflightccc.org/apply and follow the instructions on submitting an application

Fundraising
Santa Maria Elks Cookbook

Our long-time friends at Santa Maria Elks are creating a cookbook whose proceeds will benefit Honor Flight. The Elks are currently in the recipe collection phase of the project and are welcoming recipes for consideration. If you have a favorite dish (maybe one that was special to a veteran in the family), we’d love you to share the recipe– and for a terrific cause. The Elks newsletter article below details how to submit recipes. We will keep you informed about the cookbook and how to purchase copies.

We have spent some time at home, understatement! We are hoping that you have made some of your favorite recipes or perhaps dug out some from your mother or grandmother (dad or grandfather too) It has been a while since a committee published a #1538 cookbook so let’s do it! This cookbook is a fundraiser for Honor Flight, a Veterans non-profit organization whose mission is to safely fly our local elderly Veterans to Washington D.C. to experience the Memorials that we have built in their honor. We want to make the submission process as easy as possible, go to: https://www.santamariaelks.org/cookbook

Reduced fee for SB County's Parks Annual Pass:

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors adopted a recommendation to reduce the cost of an annual County parks day use pass.

http://www.countyofsb.org/parks/annualpass.sbc

A discounted Veteran Annual Day Pass is available to all veterans with an honorable discharge for only $10.00. Proof of service can be verified by presenting Veterans Identification Card (VIC) issued by the Veterans Administration, the California State Parks Distinguished Veteran Pass issued by California State Parks or a California Driver's License or Identification Card with the Veteran designation issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Veterans may purchase one (1) pass per year (12 month period) at the discounted fee.

Because IDs must be verified for first-time purchase for Senior and Veterans Day Passes, they may only be purchased in person at the Cachuma Lake or Jalama Beach Ranger Gates.

Veterans Crisis Line

Are you a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one? Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves.
This free support is
Confidential

Available every day, 24/7
And serves: All Veterans, All Service members, National Guard and Reserve,  Their family members and friends

Call 1-800-273-8255  and Press 1 or Text 838255

Office of Acquisition, Logistics, and Construction

Jobs Update: OALC Career Opportunities https://www.va.gov/oalc/career.asp

American Legion news, headlines and  announcements

https://www.legion.org/

American Legion Dept of California: https://calegion.org/

AMVETS  Home page: https://amvets.org/

AMVETS California https://amvets.org/california/

CALVET Veteran Services https://www.calvet.ca.gov/calvet-programs/veteran-services

DAV  Home page: https://www.dav.org/

DAV California https://www.davcal.org/

U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs https://www.va.gov/

VFW Home page https://www.vfw.org/

VFW Wednesday pod cast https://vfw.org/podcast

VFW Dept of California https://vfwca.org/di/vfw/v2/default.asp?nid=1

VFW Weekly newsletter https://www.vfw.org/advocacy/grassroots-efforts/vfw-action-corps-weekly

Have a DD214?

You can Shop online at the Army/Navy/Air Force Exchanges: (no sales tax) For more information: https://www.shopmyexchange.com/veterans

How to apply for a Veteran ID Card

A Veteran ID Card (VIC) is a form of photo ID you can use to get discounts offered to Veterans at many restaurants, hotels, stores, and other businesses. Find out if you’re eligible for a Veteran ID Card—and how to apply.

https://www.va.gov/records/get-veteran-id-cards/vic/?utm_source=VRfeature&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=VetResources

You may be eligible if you meet both of the requirements listed below.

Both of these must be true. You:

  • Served on active duty, in the Reserves, or in the National Guard (including the Coast Guard), and
  • Received an honorable or general discharge (under honorable conditions)

If you received an other than honorable, bad conduct, or dishonorable character of discharge, you’re not eligible for a Veteran ID Card. If you have an uncharacteristic or unknown discharge status, we’ll have to verify your eligibility before we approve your application.

You’ll need to provide a copy of your discharge papers when you apply for a VIC to prove your character of discharge.

How do I apply for a Veteran ID Card?

You can apply online now https://www.va.gov/records/get-veteran-id-cards/vic/?utm_source=VRfeature&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=VetResources

You’ll need this information

When you apply, be sure to have these on hand:

  • Your Social Security number
  • A digital copy of your DD214, DD256, DD257, or NGB22 that you can upload. This could be in a .pdf, .jpeg, or .png file format.
  • A copy of a current and valid government-issued ID, such as a driver’s license, passport, or state-issued identification card.

You’ll also need a digital color photo of yourself from the shoulders up. The photo should follow all these standards:

  • Show a full front view of your face and neck (with no hat, head covering, or headphones covering or casting shadows on your hairline or face), and
  • Be cropped from your shoulders up (much like a passport photo), and
  • Show you with your eyes open and a neutral expression, and
  • Be taken in clothing you’d wear for a driver’s license photo, and
  • Be a square size and have a white or plain-color background (with no scenery or other people in the photo), and
  • Show what you look like now (a photo taken sometime in the last 10 years), and
  • Be uploaded as a .jpeg, .png, .bmp, or .tiff file

What happens after I apply for a Veteran ID Card? Once you’ve submitted your VIC application, we’ll check your eligibility and verify that:

  • Your character of discharge meets eligibility requirements, and
  • The ID you submitted (driver’s license or passport) is valid, and
  • The image you’ve chosen to appear on the card meets the photo requirements

After we’ve verified your eligibility, we’ll send you an email letting you know the status of your application. If you have an unknown or uncharacterized discharge status, your application will take more time to process while we verify your eligibility. (We may need to request your records from the National Personnel Records Center.) If you receive an email from us asking for additional information or evidence to process your application, you’ll need to sign in to AccessVA and update your application with the information we ask for. You can’t use your Veteran ID Card to:

  • Prove your eligibility for any federal benefits, or
  • Access military bases or installations, or
  • Access military commissaries or exchanges, or
  • Present as a form of identification at the airport, or
  • Check into a VA hospital, or
  • Show as proof of retirement from the Armed Forces, or
  • Show as proof of wartime service to get a special license plate from the Department of Motor Vehicles

Editor’s Note: The Veterans’ Event Calendar is a community sourced collection of events that may be /are of interest to the greater Veteran community. Events are listed here because someone has asked me to share the information. If you have information that would be of interest to Veterans, please contact Fred Cota, [email protected] The only requirement is that it must come with a reliable point of contact.

Please forward this page to other veterans.

1st Tuesday 2 January 2018
1st Tuesday Simi Valley VFW Post 10049 @ 1900 hrs
4242 E Los Angeles Ave.Simi Valley, CA 93063
for more information: Wayne Wright <[email protected]>
1st Wednesday 3 January 2018
Veterans in Recovery (Wednesdays 1630 to 1800 hrs)
Veteran Peer to Peer support group for veterans experiencing substance abuse.
1136 De La Vina St. at Anapamu
For more information: Christina Grabowsky [email protected];
Santa Barbara Veterans Foundation @1800 hrs
Cody's Cafe, 4898 Hollister Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93111
Mailing address: 3905 State Street, Suite 7-328, Santa Barbara, Ca 93105
For more information: Ronnie Shahbazian <[email protected]>
https://www.SantaBarbaraVeteransFoundation.org/
1st Thursday 4 January 2018
1st Thursday VFW Post 1649 meeting @ 1700 hrs
Santa Barbara Veterans Memorial Building
For more information: Pablo Paredes <[email protected]>;
1st Thursday Simi Valley Marine Corps League Detachment 597
The President Ronald Reagan Detachment
Elks Lodge No. 2492
1561 Kuehner Dr
Simi Valley, CA 93063-4484
Membership open to Marines, FMF Corpsmen, and FMF Chaplains.
Other Armed Services Veterans and spouses are welcome as Associate Members.
Come enjoy a hamburger and a beverage with us at 1800 hrs and stay for the meeting at 1900 hrs.  Mention that I invited you and the hamburger and beer/soda is on us.
Matt E. Valenzuela
Jr. Past Commandant
[email protected]
310-768-2847 Office
310-308-7015 Mobile
1st Thursday 4 January 2018
1st Thursday VFW Post 1649 meeting @ 1700 hrs
Santa Barbara Veterans Memorial Building
For more information: Pablo Paredes <[email protected]>;
1st Thursday Simi Valley Marine Corps League Detachment 597
The President Ronald Reagan Detachment
Elks Lodge No. 2492
1561 Kuehner Dr
Simi Valley, CA 93063-4484
Membership open to Marines, FMF Corpsmen, and FMF Chaplains.
Other Armed Services Veterans and spouses are welcome as Associate Members.
Come enjoy a hamburger and a beverage with us at 1800 hrs and stay for the meeting at 1900 hrs.  Mention that I invited you and the hamburger and beer/soda is on us.
Matt E. Valenzuela
Jr. Past Commandant
[email protected]
310-768-2847 Office
310-308-7015 Mobile
1st Friday 5 January 2018
5 January 1875 - Cmdr. Edward Lull leaves New York to begin the Panamanian Expedition to locate the best ship canal route across Panama. The route mapped is followed 30 years later.
1st Saturday 6 January 2018
6 January 1943 - PBY-5A (VP 83) sink German submarine U-164 off Brazil. Before being sunk, U-164 sank three Allied merchant vessels, none from the United States.
1st Sunday 7 January 2018
1881 - Nathan Goff Jr., took office as the 28th Secretary of the Navy, serving until March. A World War II destroyer was named for him.
2nd Monday 8 January 2018
2nd Monday Solvang VFW Post 7139
Veterans’ Memorial Building Solvang @ 1800 hrs
for more information contact Post Commander Alvin Salge at 805-693-9133.

Mondays F.O.B (Fellowship of Brothers) 1830 hrs
Santa Barbara Veterans Memorial Building
Post 9/11 veteran peer to peer support and advocacy group
(veterans who served after 9/11/2001)
For more information: J.T. < [email protected]>;
2nd Tuesday 9 January 2018

9 January 1918 - The Naval Overseas Transportation Service, (now the Military Sealift Command), is established to carry cargo during World War I.
2nd Wednesday 10 January 2018

2nd Wednesday Santa Barbara Marine Corp League Detachment 024 @ 1400 hrs.
Santa Barbara Veterans Memorial Building
for more information: Bob Handy <[email protected]>;
Todd Grant 805-448-4301 or Marie Mackey 805-967-7990

2nd Wednesday Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 218
Santa Barbara Elks’ Lodge 150 N. Kellogg Ave. Santa Barbara CA 93111
A spaghetti dinner is available for $8.
More information: web site: www.vvachapter218.org or email: [email protected]

2nd Wednesday Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10978 Nipomo
Snacks and beverages at 1830, meeting at 1900.
Location or more information:
Contact: Thomas Morgan 805-450-4285, [email protected]

2nd Wednesday American Legion Post 534 Orcutt
145 W Clark Ave, Orcutt, CA 93455
for more information: 805-937-0651 or Email: [email protected]

Veterans in Recovery (Wednesdays 1630 to 1800 hrs)
Veteran Peer to Peer support group for veterans experiencing substance abuse.
1136 De La Vina St. at Anapamu
For more information: Christina Grabowsky [email protected];

Santa Barbara Veterans Foundation (Wednesdays @1800 hrs)
(2nd Wednesday) Road trip
(all other Wednesdays) Cody's Cafe, 4898