April 7 – General Membership Meeting

General Membership Meeting

April 7, 2016   7:00pm

T-Lounge, 1475 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103

AGENDA

  1. Social Half Hour 6:30pm ($2.00 drinks/tacos)
  2. Call to Order at 7:00pm
  3. Roll Call of Officers and Certification of Quorum
  4. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America
  5. Approval of Agenda
  6. Introduction of new members
  7. Introductions of Elected Officials and Candidates not seeking endorsement
  8. Approval of Minutes of General Members Meeting of March 3, 2016
  9. Emily Burris – PhD Student: Study on PTSD
  10. Veterans Action Committee Report: Tim Caudill
  11. Endorsement: Mayor of San Diego
  12. San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts: San Diego Veterans Discussion
  13. Endorsement: Board of Supervisors 3rd District
  14. President’s Report
  15. Treasurer’s Report
  16. Next meeting date – May 5, 2016
  17. Announcements
  18. Adjournment

EVENTS:

April 9, 12pm – Barbara Bry Precinct Birthday Walk

May 5, 7pm – Club Meeting

May 6, 2pm – SDSU/Veterans Congressional Town Hall

May 7, 1pm – Veterans Democratic Club Party!

Next meeting of San Diego County Democratic Central Committee is April 19, 2016, at 7pm.
Next meeting of the SDCDP Council of Clubs is April 16, 2016, at 9:00am.
Next meeting of Executive Board of Veterans Democratic Club is TBD.

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H.R. 1292 – ENDORSED!

On February 20th at the San Diego Veterans Democratic Club of San Diego County monthly meeting, H.R. 1292, the Disabled Veterans Commissary and Exchange Store Benefits Act was unanimously endorsed.

This piece of legislation would allow any “veteran with a compensable service-connected disability …be permitted to use commissary and exchange stores on the same basis as a member of the armed forces entitled to retired or retainer pay.” This means that the approximately 290,000 San Diegan Veterans who are NOT retired and have a disability rating of even 0% would be allowed to shop on base. At a time when the Department of Defense is closing and reducing hours of commissary and exchange stores to budget cut backs and the sequester, this would bring in a great deal of new revenue for morale, welfare, and recreation programs for active duty and retired Veterans. This was a “no-brainer” for the Club and costs the DOD zero dollars. The cost is zero because the Veterans Affairs (VA) already issues VA identification cards for disabled veterans. This would allow for access to base and thus the services.

In 2015 San Diego was the 11th most expensive housing market at an average one bedroom costing $1,340 a month. We believe that San Diego leader should give Veterans who stay here in San Diego after their active service has ended the best opportunity to reduce their grocery bills be using commissary and exchange privileges. Additionally, in 2014 the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) found that shoppers save an average of 30.5 percent when using the commissary instead of other grocery sources. This study only addressed UPC items and the actual savings on meat and produce were even higher.

In recent years after 9/11 and the Country engaged in two wars, Veterans have become an applause line and crowd pleaser on the campaign trails, rightly so we believe. Veterans issues should not just be a talking like for campaigns, and we expect elected officials to stand by those who have served and given so much of their lives to the United States.  We expect bipartisan support across Congress and call on all San Diego elected Congresspersons to sign on as a co-sponsor for H.R. 1292, it is the right thing to do for our Veterans.

To read the full text of the bill and to see who in Congress has already supported this legislation, please visit: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/1292/

Please visit http://www.SDVetDems.org to learn more about the club and how you can get involved!

Matthew Rice

President

Veterans Democratic Club of San Diego County

2016 Veterans Club! Moving Forward!

Karen Otter has resigned as President. Her efforts to start the Veterans Club and her continued hard work over the years to advance our agenda is extremely appreciated and we wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

On February 10th, 2016 the Executive Board met and per the by-laws, the following appointments were made: 
President – Matthew Rice
Treasurer – Mike Taller

Mike Johnson will continue to be a strong part of our club and we greatly appreciate his commitments to promote a Veterans agenda and his service as Treasurer over the last year. We will ask for ratification of these appointments at our next meeting.

More importantly this provides a new opportunity for club growth, increased outreach, and a renewed effort to advance veteran issues in the region. Today we discussed ways to reach these goals and they include appointing Chairmen for a Political Action Committee, Membership Outreach Committee, Newsletter Committee, and to install a Public Relations Officer. Dan Buse has already been appointed as the Programs Committee Chairman and he will be focused on bringing a special program to each meeting. Additionally, initial efforts are underway to change the time and venue of the general membership meetings. Furthermore, we are looking to host a Veterans Club Party to once again connect and rebuild the camaraderie that so many of us found during active service.

As a reminder, we will be seeking an Endorsement in Chula Vista City Council Seat 4, a reconsideration of Endorsement in San Diego City Council District 1, and Endorsement of H.R. 1292 to provide commissary access to any disable veteran. I ask that you come out, bring a friend, and let’s work together to not only advance veteran causes, but democratic values region wide.

Thank you and look forward to seeing everyone on the 20th!

Matthew Rice

Ocean Beach Veterans Plaza Name Inscriptions

266Veterans Plaza Name Inscription Application – Now Available

Applications are now available to reserve an inscription on the memorial wall of the new Ocean Beach Veterans Plaza. There is space for a total of 2,100 inscriptions and all will have the same format.

Click here to download the application or click here to complete the form online.

This project is being led by the Ocean Beach Community Development Corporation (OBCDC), and they reported:

“Ocean Beach Veterans Plaza, located at the corner of Newport Avenue and Abbott Street, where Newport meets the beach, was constructed in 1997 as a memorial to honor those that have served and are still serving in the armed forces. Over time, the plaza has become worn down due to the corrosive nature of salt air and a high amount of foot traffic. This memorial is currently in disrepair with many of the inscriptions, including a Medal of Honor recipient, being so worn down that they have become illegible.

The Ocean Beach Community Development Corporation (OBCDC) was awarded a grant from the County Board of Supervisors and the Office of Ron Roberts to start on a design to redevelop this important area of Ocean Beach. This is a collaborative project between OBCDC, OBTC, OBMA, OB Planning Board, OB Historical Society, and the OB Community Foundation – all of these organizations have been presented the design at public meetings and voiced support for this project. The OB Town Council and the Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association have both donated $10,000 each to the project.”

Click here to learn more.

Ocean Beach Veterans Plaza Name Inscriptions

Veterans Plaza Name Inscription Application – Now Available

Applications are now available to reserve an inscription on the memorial wall of the new Ocean Beach Veterans Plaza. There is space for a total of 2,100 inscriptions and all will have the same format.

Click here to download the application or click here to complete the form online.

This project is being led by the Ocean Beach Community Development Corporation (OBCDC), and they reported:

“Ocean Beach Veterans Plaza, located at the corner of Newport Avenue and Abbott Street, where Newport meets the beach, was constructed in 1997 as a memorial to honor those that have served and are still serving in the armed forces. Over time, the plaza has become worn down due to the corrosive nature of salt air and a high amount of foot traffic. This memorial is currently in disrepair with many of the inscriptions, including a Medal of Honor recipient, being so worn down that they have become illegible.

The Ocean Beach Community Development Corporation (OBCDC) was awarded a grant from the County Board of Supervisors and the Office of Ron Roberts to start on a design to redevelop this important area of Ocean Beach. This is a collaborative project between OBCDC, OBTC, OBMA, OB Planning Board, OB Historical Society, and the OB Community Foundation – all of these organizations have been presented the design at public meetings and voiced support for this project. The OB Town Council and the Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association have both donated $10,000 each to the project.”

Click here to learn more.

Jul 23 – Movie Presentation of Project 22

After tragedy struck home last year, two combat-wounded veterans set out to end a little-known epidemic in America. Their 6,500-mile cross-country mission was to raise awareness of the high rate of suicide amongst Veterans and show their brothers and sisters-at-arms that there is hope for them. During their journey, they interviewed researchers, healthcare providers, and Veterans. Many of those they encountered had either contemplated or attempted suicide and were able to share the life-saving alternative sources of hope that they had found. Asking hard-hitting questions and opening up about their own struggles, and painfully spurred on by recent estimations that 22 veterans are taking their own lives every single day, Daniel and Doc will stop at nothing to reach tomorrow’s twenty-two.

Promoted by Ryan Ahlering
This event will only take place if enough tickets are sold.

When
Thursday, July 23 6:30PM – 8:17PM

Where
Reading Cinemas Town Square 14
4665 Clairemont Dr, San Diego, CA, US, 92117 (map)

$11.00 General

Book your tickets here.