County creates veterans commission


Veterans of military service who live in San Mateo County will have a representative body that speaks directly to the county Board of Supervisors on issues that affect them. On June 2, the board voted unanimously to approve a resolution to establish the Veterans' Commission.

The new commission is "near and dear to my heart," said supervisor and Vietnam veteran Warren Slocum. "It's our job and it's our duty" to help veterans, he said.

The county estimates there are about 33,000 veterans in San Mateo County, many of whom are employed and live stable lives. The commission will work mainly on behalf of veterans with unmet needs.

Among those needs, according to a study by the county manager's office and the county's Human Services Agency, are safety-net services, mental and behavior health services, and affordable housing for veterans and their families.

The commission aims to expand veterans' awareness of available benefits and services, focus on issues affecting women veterans, and address the needs of homeless veterans, officials said.

The commission will have nine voting members appointed by the supervisors for three-year terms, with a requirement to meet at least six times a year and to report to the board at least once a year.

The county is expected to begin accepting applications for the commission in July.

Dave Boyce

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Posted by Great work
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jun 22, 2015 at 11:14 am

Great work Supervisor Slocum.

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jun 22, 2015 at 11:42 am

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This is a great way to recognize, honor and serve our veterans - Thanks Supervisor Slocum.

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Posted by pearl
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on Jun 22, 2015 at 3:58 pm

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Great news, but what happened to the County's VA services office on Harbor Blvd. in Belmont? Is this commission something different, or in addition to? I truly hope the nine people appointed to this Veterans commission are all Veterans themselves. Will these commission members be working on a volunteer basis? Or, will they receive salaries? And, if so, how much? I am totally into supporting our Veterans, I am just wondering if the commission members will be doing something new and different that the current County VA office is not already doing. Any information anyone can provide would be deeply appreciated.

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Posted by Dave Boyce
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on Jun 22, 2015 at 4:08 pm

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Please check these links for more on this commission ...

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Posted by pearl
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on Jun 22, 2015 at 6:31 pm

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Dave Boyce: Thank you for providing the two web links offering further info about the SMCO Veterans Commission. I still have questions, such as what will be the salaries paid to these commissioners? I thought the SMCO Veterans Affairs Department, the Federal Veterans Affairs Department, as well as our elected officials, all already participate in our Veterans' interests as is described herein. Is this a duplication of efforts by different agencies and our elected officials? I thought that our local and federal Veterans Affairs offices were already handling these kinds of Veterans issues. I will write to the SMCO Board of Supervisors in an effort to get more information, and a clearer picture of what is going on here in our desire and efforts to support our Veterans.

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