Revitalization efforts headed to California

American Legion volunteers and national staff will be in Modesto and Stockton, California, Sept. 20-22 to conduct a revitalization/outreach effort for area veterans. More than 3,000 letters have been sent out to veterans in this area to make them aware of the effort.

Each day, staff and volunteers will be available to answer questions. The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 20, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 21, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 22. An American Legion service officer will be available from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 21 to answer questions about VA benefits or claims.

The locations for the service sessions are American Legion Post 16, 2020 Plymouth Road, Stockton, Calif.; and Modesto American Legion Post 74, 1001 S. Santa Cruz Ave., Modesto, Calif. On Sept. 22, the session at Post 74 will be moved to the Modesto Moose Family Center 1608, 821 5th St., Modesto.

“Service — that’s what The American Legion is all about,” Department of California Commander Ken Kramlich said. “We exist to help each and every veteran, their families and the communities they live in.

“Modesto, Stockton and the neighboring communities are an ideal place to strengthen partnerships between the veterans and the community. The people here care about their community and practice good citizenship every day. Now, wartime veterans have a special place from which they can make a difference.”

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  1. What about the homebound or severely restricted Veterans like me. I can't drive and my wife can't take me everywhere she would like, so is there a outreach to those people who want some kind of involvement but have restricted travel options? Nothing is mentioned in the article.
  2. Hope the efforts go well. The community and Veterans definitely need assistance in that area. With the city of Stockton declaring bankruptcy a state of dismay is all around. The American Legion was founded on four pillars and the first being to aid Veterans so what better place to do this.
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