Veterans Host Town Hall Thursday, Event Next Week

Courtesy photo    The Veterans Memorial Building, 2203 Central Ave., will host two events to help and honor the military Thursday, Nov. 7, and Monday, Nov. 11, for Veterans Day.

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.