As our days turn warmer I encourage everyone to get out and enjoy our warmer weather and the various outdoor events across our community.
I hope you are able to attend a Memorial Day event to remember those veterans who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. I am also inviting you to attend my upcoming Veterans’ Forum and certainly strongly encourage you to vote in the upcoming 13 June primary. Finally, I am highlighting a recent local event that I always enjoy attending and forwarding a warning about a phishing scam targeting veterans.
Memorial Day Update
Several local events planned for observing Memorial Day are highlighted below.
VFW Post 2239 (lead) in conjunction with American Legion Post 284 will hold the Memorial Day Ceremony for the City of Colonial Heights and surrounding area Monday, 29 May at 10:00 a.m. (note change in time) at the War Memorial on the Boulevard (between Lee and Lafayette Avenues). Parking is available behind the courthouse. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be conducted in the Post 284 Home (505 Springdale Avenue, Colonial Heights). There will be a reception following the ceremony at Post 284. For more information, E-mail the American Legion Post 284 Adjutant at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Post at 804-526-4167.
The Virginia War Memorial will co-host a Memorial Day ceremony with the 11th District of the American Legion, Department of Virginia, at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, 29 May. The ceremony will honor and remember all veterans who gave their lives to preserve our freedoms from the Revolutionary War to today’s conflicts. The key-note speaker will be MG Tim Williams, the Adjutant General. Delegate Rich Anderson and 11th District Commander Al Hillman will also speak briefly. The Galanti Education Center will be open extended hours during the weekend with other special activities. For more information click here.
I will be hosting a free Veterans’ Forum at the King’s Corner Banquet room on May 31, 2017 from 5-7 p.m.. Delegates Lee Ware, Roxann Robinson, Manoli Loupassi, Riley Ingram, and Senators Amanda Chase and Glen Sturtevant are co-hosts for the event.
There have been many changes within DVS and the Veteran Services Foundation that enhance the care that the Commonwealth provides for veterans. I will highlight these changes at this forum and it should be an excellent opportunity to learn how they impact you. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions and recommend new initiatives to help our veterans.
Republican candidate for Governor Ed Gillespie and John Adams, Republican nominee for Attorney General, will also be special guests at this forum.There will be a photo opportunity session with Delegate Cox and Ed Gillespie before the event. If you would like your picture taken, please arrive by 4:45 p.m..
Please register before May 25, 2017. Tickets are required as seating is limited.
First Responders Recognition
I was honored to be asked to speak at the 9th Annual American Legion Post 284 Law & Order night. Unfortunately, I could not attend this year’s event. Annually this event is sponsored by the Post’s Sons of The American Legion Squadron and their American Legion Riders chapter. The area Firefighter/Paramedic (Johnny Crenshaw), Police Officer (Robert Simmons), Trooper (John Wright), Communications/Dispatcher (Denise Chandler), and Deputy (Larry Mallory) of the year are recognized and honored at this dinner. I am pleased to publicly recognize these outstanding first responders and thank them for their exemplary service to the citizens of Colonial Heights and the surrounding community.
Veteran Choice Program (VCP) Impostor
The Department of Veterans Affairs is warning of a phishing scam targeting veterans. An unkown party has set up a phone line to mimic the VCP phone line. This imposter phone line may be intended to reach Veterans who inadvertently dial the VCP number incorrectly.
The correct number for the VCP program is 1-866-606-8198. This line is for Veterans to check their eligibility for the VCP and ask questions about the program. If you are unsure if you have reached the correct phone line, hang up and dial 1-866-606-8198 again. The phone line will state the caller has reach the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
The number of the phishing scam is very similar, so please check carefully. You know you have reached the wrong VCP phone line if you are offered a $100 rebate if you provide a credit card.
In closing, you can contact me at my district office by emailing email@example.com or by calling 804-526-5135, by US mail – PO Box 1205, Colonial Heights, VA 23834 – or by stopping by my Colonial Heights office at 250B East Ellerslie Avenue. I appreciate your views on legislation that will help me do a better job for the people I represent.
Please visit my Facebook page and my Twitter page. These pages, along with my website, have information/links to the 2017 General Assembly Session to include my 44 pieces of legislation, visitors’ photos, my legislative survey, videos of floor remarks, and related topics.
Please forward this Update to your fellow veteran friends and neighbors.