Area veterans will have a chance to receive firsthand information on local veterans services and issues, including the Veterans Administrations’ new Mission program which went into effect June 6, when the Veterans Advisory Commission (VAC) for the county’s Board of Supervisors hosts its June monthly meeting in Oakdale.
The VAC was established by the county in 2012 to address local veteran concerns and issues, and as a way for county and government agencies to exchange information vital to area veterans.
Since its inception, the commission has been a guiding force behind the creation of the Stanislaus Veterans Center in Modesto and the VetsVan program which transports homebound vets from their homes to medical appointments and back. They have now both become models for other counties in California and other states. The meeting in Oakdale will be Monday, June 24 in the Oakdale City Council Chambers at 277 N. Second Ave., beginning at 5:30 pm.
The meetings are held in different cities to provide better access to veterans throughout the county and include representatives from various agencies such as Stanislaus Veterans Service Office, Aging and Veterans Services and the Modesto VA Clinic. Staff members of elected officials such as Congressman Josh Harder and State Assemblyman Heath Flora are also in attendance to give updates on veterans bills such as the recently passed Blue Water Navy Act providing compensation for sailors serving on ships off the coast of Vietnam who may have been exposed to Agent Orange.