Veterans Host Town Hall Thursday, Event Next Week
A town hall meeting where veterans can learn about benefits and services available to them takes place Thursday, Nov. 7, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Alameda Veterans Building, 2203 Central Ave. The town hall will be preceded by a women veterans’ mixer at 2:30 p.m.
Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, along with representatives from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Women Veterans Alliance will host the gathering, which is open to all veterans, active-duty service members and their families.
Representatives from several groups will be in attendance to answer questions including: the Veterans Benefits Administration, Veterans Health Administration, VA National Cemetery Administration and the Women Veterans Alliance. Members of U.S. Coast Guard Alameda, NOSC Alameda — U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps will attend along with the Department of Labor. In addition, multiple veteran service organizations including: California Veteran Services, Disabled American Veterans, the American Legion and AMVETS will be able to discuss their offerings.
Topics of discussion will include: VA modernization, VA construction and development at Alameda Point (see related story below), healthcare and mental health, vocational rehabilitation and employment, compensation and pension and a question-and-answer session.
Veterans Day Celebration
On Veterans Day, the holiday when Americans focus on celebrating living veterans, Monday, Nov. 11, the Alameda High School Band will perform a special concert to honor veterans, starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Alameda Veterans Building.
Veterans will hoist new U.S. and POW/MIA flags in front of the building as the band plays. Following the concert, several speakers will present the Veterans Day service including: Senior Chief Greg Owens USN, Ret., and Capt. Kanan Ott USN, NOSC Alameda. Lt. Eric Neider, U.S. Navy Chaplain, will serve as master of ceremonies.