Continued from page 35 “We’re deeply honored that Papa Doug and Geniya Manchester and Hélène and George Gould have stepped forward again as Premiere Sponsors for our 76th Anniversary Gala,” said Jon Berg-Johnsen, USO San Diego Board Chair. “USO San Diego and the military and their families are truly fortunate to have their support as continue our mission.” Founded in 1941, the USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home, and country throughout their service to the nation. The organization operates USO centers on military installations across the United States and throughout the world, including in combat zones, and even unstaffed USO service sites in places too dangerous for anyone but combat troops to occupy. In San Diego, USO San Diego offers wide range of services for traveling members and their families. The organization’s many specialized programs provide a continuum of support to men and women throughout their journey, from the first time they put on their uniform, until they leave military service. “USO San Diego uplifts active-duty, reserve, guard and military families; from transitioning, to deployed troops, to the wounded, injured and fallen,” said Bobby Woods, acting CEO of USO San Diego. “As one of the leading military cities in the world, San Diego and our USO San Diego team served more than 260,000 military members and their families last year alone at our award-winning Neil Ash USO Airport Center and our downtown San Diego facility. We can only accomplish this with a dedicated and compassionate community of staff, volunteers and magnanimous supporters who work together to honor, respect and elevate the spirit of all military and their families.”
For ticket information, visit www.usosandiego.org/2017gala For sponsorship and underwriting opportunities, please contact Sharon Smith at 619-987-8020 or email Sharon_smith@cox.net
County Veteran’s Service Office-Your One Stop Shop for Services County Veteran’s Service Offices (CVSO) can be found in EVERY county nationwide and are a one-stop-shop for all veterans and their families. These CVSO’s can assist the veteran with starting a disability claim, to assisting a family member with burial information, to helping the veteran obtain a copy of their DD214 and they will also directly connect the veteran to the particular service or services they’re seeking. This translates into a warm hand off, as opposed to handing a former service member an email, phone number or website. This also means the next place is expecting them, ready to provide the exact care, service or information needed. Some of the questions the CVSO can assist with are: • Burial Benefits • Compensation • Education Benefits • Home Loans • Life Insurance • Medical Benefits • Military Discharge Upgrades • Pension • Veterans State Benefits • Veterans Treatment Courts The Placer County Veteran’s Service Office located in the Greater Sacramento, California area is unique in that it’s completely staffed by Veterans. Suzi Vinci, Assistant VSO, has been with the Placer CVSO for the last 12 years and works with the underserved and specializes in helping those with Military Sexual Trauma (MST). A Navy Veteran, who served both as a Reservist and on Active Duty, Suzi takes her job with her wherever she is and no matter what she might be doing. She’s helped file claims for individuals who are in other states and even who are serving overseas, both while she’s physically in her office, and even while on vacation.
HOMELAND / May 2017