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If you find yourself in Berkeley on Tuesday, stop by the VA and Berkeley Veterans Town Hall. have a light lunch and get some info and assistance about the VA process. It is a good opportunity to share information with fellow Veterans. #Veterans   #CalVeterans  
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Check out this info on the Veterans Fire Corps:

Veterans Fire Corps (VFC) – The VFC is collaboration between the US Forest Service, the Student Conservation Association (SCA), the California Conservation Corps (CCC) and Conservation Legacy. Conservation Legacy includes the Southwest Conservation Corps and the Arizona Conservation Corps.

Veterans Fire Corps (VFC) offers training and on-the-job experience for post 9-11 era Veterans interested in entering into careers and gaining experience in natural resource management and wildland fire.

The SCA, America's #1 conservation service organization, seeks qualified applicants to lead, educate, and inspire Corps Members of the Veteran Fire Corps (VFC) programs. VFC provides post-9/11 veterans with the training, credentials, and experience they need to competitively pursue wildland fire and/or forestry careers. Projects may include participation on prescribed fires, fuels reduction, and fire effects monitoring.

https://www.thesca.org/serve/program/veterans-fire-corps


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Here is a reminder about the Commemoration Ceremony at the Concord Vet Center.
Please Spread the word. #Veterans #VietnamVeterans 
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ARF’s partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs Northern California Health Care System (VANCHCS) aids veterans whose emotional health would benefit therapeutically from having a dog and instrumental service dog training.
The adoption program includes an in-depth interview with each veteran to ascertain what he or she is looking for in an emotional support animal or beyond. This information is paired with personality and lifestyle considerations to make the optimal veteran-animal match. ARF provides fee-waived adoptions as well as Purina pet food and continued support services to aid in the relationship development between the veteran and the shelter animal.
Qualifications for veterans:
1. Veteran of the U.S. Military who served 1990 or later.
2. Ability to provide Department of Defense Form 214 as evidence of service.
3. A written letter from a health care professional referring the veteran as a candidate for an ESA.
4. Has a personal residence (not inpatient).
5. Resides in Alameda or Contra Costa County.
6. Expresses willingness and ability to provide proper care, feeding and socialization to the dog.
Please contact Merritt Rollins, Veterans Program Manager at ARF, for more information at (925)296-3108.



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Info on the Burn Pit registry; Review the info and consider signing up for it; the info provide helps to inform the VA which in turn helps all Veterans.
It will allow the VA to provide proper care, and compensation to Veterans effected by burnpit/airborne hazard exposures while serving.
 
Sign up today!

The Burn Pit Registry isn't just a listing it provides Veterans long term follow up for any conditions they have or could emerge down the road. It allows VA to identify conditions for all Veterans more quickly to make sure that Veterans get the health care that they need in a timely manner. #BurnPitRegistry
If you have experienced respiratory symptoms or health conditions that may be related to exposure to burn pits while deployed, you should register in the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry.
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One of our reps, Jenna Galvan-Speers, will be holding office hours at John F. Kennedy University's VALOR center tomorrow from 3pm-6pm. Feel free to stop by and see her.
She will be working on claims, and be able to review VA files if needed.
Here is the info:
John F. Kennedy University
100 Ellinwood Way
Pleasant Hill, CA
Valor Center; Jenna will be there from 3pm-6pm

#Veterans #VAclaimshelp
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The Concord Vet Center is hosting a PTSD group, in Brentwood.
Here is the info:

Concord Vet Center PTSD group

Learn about PTSD and how to tap into your natural sources of resilience in order to live a fulfilling life beyond PTSD. Group members must qualify for Vet Center readjustment counseling services.

Where:

Group is located at the Office of County Supervisor
Mary NejedlyPiepho in Brentwood
(3361 Walnut Blvd, Suite 140, Brentwood, CA 94513)

When:
Friday mornings

For More info contact:
Kira Serna, LMSW
925-680-4526

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Info from the VA: re: Veterans Choice Act
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                   
March 14, 2016                                                                                 
 
VA Announces Community Care Call Center to Help Veterans with Choice Program Billing Issues
 
          
WASHINGTON – Veterans can now work directly with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to resolve debt collection issues resulting from inappropriate or delayed Choice Program billing. In step with MyVA’s efforts to modernize VA’s customer-focused, Veteran-centered services capabilities, a Community Care Call Center has been set up for Veterans experiencing adverse credit reporting or debt collection resulting from inappropriately billed Choice Program claims. Veterans experiencing these problems can call 1-877-881-7618 for assistance.
 
“As a result of the Veterans Choice Program, community providers have seen thousands of Veterans. We continue to work to make the program more Veteran-friendly,” said Dr. David Shulkin, Under Secretary for Health. “There should be no bureaucratic burden that stands in the way of Veterans getting care.”
 
The new call center will work to resolve instances of improper Veteran billing and assist community care medical providers with delayed payments.  VA staff are also trained and ready to work with the medical providers to expunge adverse credit reporting on Veterans resulting from delayed payments to providers.
 
VA is urging Veterans to continue working with their VA primary care team to obtain necessary health care services regardless of adverse credit reporting or debt collection activity.
VA acknowledges that delayed payments and inappropriately billed claims are unacceptable and have caused stress for Veterans and providers alike.  The new call center is the first step in addressing these issues.  VA presented The Plan to Consolidate Community Care in October of 2015 that outlines additional solutions to streamline processes and improve timely provider payment.
 
For more details about the Veterans Choice Program and VA’s progress, visit: www.va.gov/opa/choiceact . Veterans seeking to use the Veterans Choice Program can call1-866-606-8198 to find out more about the program, confirm their eligibility and schedule an appointment.
 
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Info on getting the Veterans designation on your CADL. Don't forget to bring us your original or certified copy of your DD-214 or Report of Sep.
#Veterans  
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There was an article written about our office, and our amazing CVSO. Check it out, and as always if you are a Veteran and have questions or need help, call us!
925-313-1481 #Veterans
"He loves his country best who strives to make it best." -- Robert G. Ingersoll"Who are you voting for?"That seems to be the most frequently asked question nowadays, and I assume we won't hear the end of it until November when the issue is settled once and for all.
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Free Women's legal clinic, hosted by Swords to Plowshares
#womenveterans #veterans #swordstoplowshares 
Clinic staffed by women attorneys for VA disability claims and discharge upgrades - women, trans, non-binary, and  gender queer all welcome
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Introduction
The Contra Costa County Veterans Service Office was established in 1946. The department was created to help local veterans and their families obtain veterans’ benefits from federal, state, and local agencies. Since the department’s inception, the Board of Supervisors has continued to recognize the need for professional veterans’ advocates to provide claims assistance to the 72,000 veterans and their families who reside in this county. 

County Veterans Service Offices play an important role in a national veteran’s advocacy network. We work in concert with state employees, veteran service organizations, and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) staff to secure clients’ benefits. We are often the initial contact for veterans in the community. Therefore, it is important to us that our first contact with a veteran be a positive experience.


  • Veterans are THE reason this department exists, our common purpose, and our efforts are directed toward meeting their needs.
  • We are open to change and flexible in our attitudes.
  • We believe that respect, integrity, trust, and fairness are the hallmarks of all our interactions.
  • We value a culture where everyone is involved, accountable, respected and appreciated.