JC Oberst: Veterans Are Honored for Their Service
The California Assembly recognized its 2018 Veterans of the Year on June 20 in Sacramento.
Mike McManus was selected by Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin for District 44.
Tammy Bender was selected as Veteran of the Year by Assemblywoman Monique Limón for District 37.
Congratulations, Mike and Tammy on your service and recognition as 2018 Veterans of the Year.
I hope everyone had an opportunity to visit the Moving Wall sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans of Ventura County and the Remembering Our Fallen memorial honoring California military members fallen in the War on Terror during their stops in Ventura. Remember Our Fallen was sponsored by the Sons of the American Revolution — George Patton Chapter. As we celebrate Independence Day this week, we remember that throughout our nation’s history, many have paid the ultimate price with their lives so we can enjoy the liberties and freedom we take for granted. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July and fly your U.S. flag to show your patriotism.
One request we continue to get from surviving spouses is to obtain copies of discharge papers. A little planning can make things easier for your loved ones. We do not know when we are going to take our last breath. The probability goes up as we get older. This reminder is to take time to organize your important documents and store them in a place your family can easily find them. Essential documents include your discharge papers (DD-214), any VA claims in process, marriage certificates, divorce decrees, insurance policies, car titles, bank accounts and loan documents, will or trust documents, and the location of valuables and/or your safety deposit box.
Did you know you have the option to get a REAL ID California driver’s license when you renew your driver’s license? According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles website, beginning Oct. 1, 2020, the federal government will require your driver’s license or identification card to be REAL ID compliant if you wish to use it as identification to board a domestic flight or enter military bases and most federal facilities. The California DMV began offering the REAL ID driver license or ID card as an option on Jan. 22. If you do not apply for a federally compliant REAL ID driver license or ID card, you will receive a federal non-compliant card, which displays the words “Federal Limits Apply.” This card cannot be used to board a domestic flight or visit a military base or certain federal facilities beginning Oct. 1, 2020. If you are renewing your driver’s license or purchasing the veteran-designated California driver’s license, check the DMV website for the additional documents you need to take with you to get the REAL ID card.
Veterans looking for jobs or changing careers have a wealth of resources available to assist them. The California Employment Development Department’s job and career center in Oxnard is a great place to start. EDD’s veterans orientation will begin at 1:30 p.m. July 10. Goodwill in Oxnard assists veterans with their job search and holds frequent seminars on topics such as how to apply for a federal job. The Thousand Oaks Library provides monthly career and job workshops for veterans. Its next workshop will be July 19. LinkedIn offers veterans a free one-year job seekers account to improve networking. Irwin is holding a career and information fair for veterans, service members, military spouses and dependents on Aug. 25 at Camarillo Community Center Park. Contact the Gold Coast Veterans Foundation if you need additional career assistance or help to find a job.
July 9: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Eight Annual Heroes’ Golf Tournament, Awards Dinner and Ball Drop, Wood Ranch Golf Club, 301 N. Wood Ranch Parkway, Simi Valley. All proceeds will go to For the Troops, a nonprofit 501(c)3 that provides care packages to military personnel deployed around the globe. Single golfer cost is $175 and includes lunch and dinner. Sponsorship opportunities are available. To register or for more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 805-306-0830.
July 13: Blue Star Mothers of America monthly meeting, Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge, 158 N. Conejo School Road, Thousand Oaks. Conejo Blue Star Mothers has a new local chapter. Membership is open to all mothers (birth, step, adoptive, foster, legal guardian) of a service member who is either currently serving or has been discharged from the armed forces of the United States. Regular meetings are the second Wednesday of each month. For more information, contact Julia Merich, president of Conejo Valley Blue Star Mothers, at email@example.com.
July 19: 2 p.m., Sisters Who Serve monthly meeting, Goodwill Industries, 130 Lombard St., Oxnard. Sisters Who Serve is a nonprofit organization dedicated to securing and providing education, resources, training and mentoring to military women and women in military families to support their physical, emotional, spiritual and financial well-being. For more information, call Nikkea at 805-665-3425.
July 20-22: Veterans marriage retreat, Sequoia National Park. Nature Corps is sponsoring this retreat to preserve Sequoia’s beauty and enrich your marriage. Military and veteran couples are invited. Cost is free. Bring a tent, sleeping bag and personal gear. Everything else is paid for, including entrance fees, camping fees, all your meals, heated dining hall, the chefs, marriage workshops, nature guides, and Nature Corps T-shirts and a water bottle. Register online at http://www.thenaturecorps.org/tour/sequoia. For more information, call 800-774-7275.
July 27-29: 8 a.m., Ventura County Stand Down, California National Guard Armory, 1270 Arundell, Ventura. The Stand Down will provide medical, dental, optometry, social services, new clothing, haircuts, showers, employment assistance, VA benefits, legal counsel, hot meals and more to veterans and active-duty military. Gates will open at 8 a.m. both days. Attendance is free and no pets are allowed. Call 805-630-2431 or visit venturacountystanddown.org for information.
July 28-29: Taste of Camarillo, historic Camarillo Ranch, 201 Camarillo Ranch Road, Camarillo. Meadowlark Service League is hosting two events for anyone 21 years of age or older. The first event on July 28 is the 11th annual wine gala called California Dreamin’ and offers a gourmet dinner featuring Taste of Camarillo’s official wine and brew. Tickets are $95 if purchased prior to the event. On July 29, the Taste of Camarillo Festival offers samples of more than 100 wines, tastes from more than a dozen breweries and food from more than 50 restaurants. The festival will feature the Beach Boy Tribute Band, dancing and the Surf ’n’ Brew Pub. Tickets are $95 if purchased in advance. All proceeds benefit local charities selected by the Meadowlark Service League. Purchase tickets online at https://atasteofcamarillo.festivalsetup.com/tickets.
July 31: Deadline to apply to Veterans Promise, Ventura College. The William and Helen Scarpino Veterans Promise Program provides Ventura College enrollment fees for active-duty military and U.S. veterans. Eligibility requirements are you must be a first-year Ventura College student, honorably discharged if a veteran and not currently using the G.I. Bill. For more information on how to enroll, contact Jaimee Hanna at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 805-289-6161.
If you would like to learn about veteran services or need assistance navigating services please contact JC Oberst at 805-482-6550 or email@example.com. Check out our free items for veterans in need on our website at gcvf.org.
Source: VC Star article from July 1, 2018