improved Veteran support services Countywide; supported funding for improvement to
the Brentwood VFW Hall and lead the effort to transfer the Danville Veterans Hall
to the Town of Danville.
Provide office space in Brentwood Office for
Veterans Services in order to serve East and far East County Veterans and their
Served 5,618 Veterans in four locations
including Martinez, San Pablo, Danville, and Brentwood, which included 2,883
claims filed for VA benefits, which were valued at $23,891,107.
Completed a conversion to electronic records of
over 13,000 Veterans’ files.
Organized and participated in VetCon held August
17th at the Concord Hilton hotel. This event was attended by over 400 Veterans.
Participated in the planning of and attended
Standdown on the Delta held September 11th – 14th at the
Contra Costa Fairgrounds in Antioch. This event was attended by over 300
homeless Veterans and their families.
Built a flag pole, memorial garden, and tribute
benches at 10 Douglas Dr. in honor of Veterans, Service members and the Fallen.
In cooperation with CCTV, produced a monthly
live one hour Veterans talk show titled “Veterans Voices. This show received a
CSAC Merit Award.
dedicated staff of the Veterans Service Office performed another year of high
volume workload and client assistance by conducting 5,360 office interviews,
attending 146 outreach events interacting with 1,985 Veterans and their family,
and sending approximately 55 outreach letters per month to Veterans and CalVet.
Service Office applied for and received a $25,000 grant from CalVet. This grant has allowed the department, in
connection with CCTV, to produce a monthly live one hour program titled “Veterans’
Voices”. This program is critical
outreach tool for Veterans that are not comfortable leaving their homes and
engaging in personal interaction with others.
Service Office has converted 50% of their files to electronic files, which
allows staff to access a Veteran’s file from any of the outstation offices and
at outreach events to maintain the highest level of service.
the Veterans Service Office participated in East Bay Stand Down 2014. This is a 4 day event held at the Alameda
County Fair Grounds. Staff were able to
interact with approximately 450 homeless Veterans and provide them with
compressive information about benefits potentially available to them and their
families as well as submitting claims on their behalf.