San Gabriel Valley Veterans Meet with VA Reps. in Azusa
(Washington, D.C.) On Saturday, July 26, 2014, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) joined forces with the California Army National Guard, the City of Azusa, and many veterans organizations to bring the VA on-site to help veterans with their casework.
“Our veterans have earned the right to receive VA benefits, and bringing all sides together helps to resolve the issue of denials and other problems facing our veterans.” Napolitano said. “We are doing our best to ensure claims are reviewed in a timely manner, and we are thankful the VA has come for the third time with their caseworkers to interview veterans in a comfortable setting.”
Robert McKenrick, Director, VA Los Angeles Regional Office; Shelia Jackson, Assistant Director, VA Los Angeles Regional Office; Michael Fisher, Director, Long Beach VA Hospital, addressed the veterans on their proposals to deliver services at their facilities. Other speakers included representatives from the numerous veterans organizations cosponsoring the event, including: the VFW, American Legion, American GI Forum, and the Vet Hunters Project.
Over 150 of the region’s veterans were registered; some received physical and psychiatric exams, meeting one-on-one with VA representatives. Veterans also participated in workshops led by experts on important topics regarding mental health, women warriors, education and financial planning, and homeless veterans. Assisting were Azusa Mayor Joseph Rocha, city council members, and volunteers from churches, the Sunburst Youth Academy, Boy Scout Troop 888, and the community. For assistance with VA claims, call Napolitano’s Military/Veterans Liaison, Hector Elizalde, at 626-350-0150.
If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Press 1 to connect with the Veterans Hotline.
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