The weather has turned noticeably cooler and Halloween, Election Day, and Veterans Day are right around the corner. Please be careful if out on the roads on Halloween. I strongly encourage everyone to vote as voting is one of the easiest but one of the most important ways veterans continue to serve their communities.
In this update, in addition to items already mentioned, there are some repeat and new upcoming events, a reminder of some important voting information, an update on Virginia driver’s licenses and REAL ID, and some preliminary information on a new Department of Veterans Affairs ID and area Veterans Day events as well as the significant military anniversaries of 16-31 October.
Virginia Department of Veterans Services VDVSeNews – The Fall 2017 edition of the DVS newsletter is now available. You can peruse the full news letter here.
Groundbreaking Ceremony for Puller VCC, Vint Hill, Fauquier County – The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Veterans Care Center to be named after the Puller Family will be held at 1:00 p.m. on 26 October (Intersection of Vint Hill Parkway and MacIntosh Drive, Warrenton VA 20187). Unfortunately I will not be able to attend this event but Delegate Rich Anderson, who co-patroned my HB477 that funded the new VCCs, and Delegate Scott Lingamfelter, whose District this facility resides in, will participate in this ceremony along with the Governor and other dignitaries.
Military Resource Expo – American Legion Post 215 (3386 River Road West, Goochland, VA 23063) will host the “Boots on the Ground (BOTG) in our Hometown” expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on 4 November. The expo is designed to offer active duty, veterans, and their families contact with resources in the area that can assist them with their daily needs. This event is completely free for vendors and guests. For more information on the expo, see the flyer here and for more information on the sponsor click here.
Correction on Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Jones & Cabacoy VCC in Virginia Beach – The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Veterans Care Center to be named after Medal of honor awardee Air Force Colonel William A. Jones, III and Army Staff Sgt. Christopher F. Cabacoy will be held at 1:00 p.m. on 1 November (2532 Nimmo Pkwy, Virginia Beach, VA 23456). In one place in the last update the date was incorrectly stated as 26 October.
Election Day 2017 – See separate article below.
Veterans Day 2017 – See separate article below.
GMU Social Entrepreneurship Veteran program – While this may be a little far for many, it is a subject that many are currently interested in. The event will be held at the George Mason Enterprise center on 15 November from 2-5 p.m. There will be a panel discussion of key leaders advocating for veteran entrepreneurs and organizations supporting them as well as resources for veteran entrepreneurs. For more information and how to RSVP see the flyer here.
Election Day is Tuesday, 7 November, and will be here before we know it! This is a critical election, so be sure to vote, either on election day or through absentee voting. Be sure to check out the details below on absentee voting deadlines.
This Fall we will be electing a Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, General Assembly members, and candidates for various local offices. To view candidates on the ballot where you live, click here.
Those not able to make it to the polls on Election Day may be able to vote absentee. Click here to find out if you are eligible to vote absentee and to request an absentee ballot via mail. You may request an absentee ballot via mail anytime between now and October 31st. Alternatively, you can vote absentee in-person at your local registrar’s office. You may vote in-person absentee anytime between now and November 4th.
Colonial Heights Registrar’s Office
City Hall, 201 James Avenue
Colonial Heights, VA 23834
Phone: (804) 520-9277
Chesterfield Registrar’s Office
9848 Lori Road
Chesterfield, VA 23832
Phone: (804) 748-1471
To check where you should vote on election day (polls open 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.) click here. As a reminder, you must present a government issued photo ID when you go to vote. Acceptable forms of ID include a driver’s license or a United States passport. If you don’t have a photo ID, you can visit your registrar’s office to obtain a free photo ID. Click here for more information on acceptable photo ID types.
Veterans Day 2017
Colonial Heights American Legion Post 284, in conjunction with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Robert E. Lee Post 2239 will conduct ceremonial activities at the Colonial Heights War Memorial on The Boulevard/Jeff Davis Highway across from the Colonial Heights Court House. The event is open and the public is encouraged to attend.
The activities will begin at 11:00 a.m. and will include a posting of the colors, wreath laying, honors, and speeches by local dignitaries. In honor of the 100th Anniversary of World War I, the keynote speaker is French Army Lieutenant Colonel Thierry Balga. LTC Balga is a distinguished Transportation Officer who served in Kosovo, Bosnia, Lebanon, The Ivory Coast, and notably as the Chief Logistics Officer for French Special Operations Forces in Burkina, Faso. He currently serves as a Liaison Officer assigned to the Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM), Fort Lee.
The Mayor of Colonial Heights, the Honorable T. Gregory Kochuba, will issue proclamations honoring The American Legion and VFW. The ceremony will be followed by an open house at the American Legion Post 284 located at 505 Springdale Ave., Colonial Heights, where refreshments will be served. The public is invited to the Post and encouraged to attend.
For more information, you may contact the Post Adjutant at email@example.com or 804-526-4167.
The Chesterfield County Veterans Day memorial Ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the Chesterfield County Historical Courthouse Green. If you or your organization desires to place a memorial wreath please send an E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to 21 October with your organizations name, wreath-layer name and title, and your organization contact information.
The Virginia War Memorial and The American Legion 11th District will hold a Veterans Day Ceremony at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, 11 November. This year, due to the construction and the Richmond Marathon, the ceremony has been moved to the Dogwood Dell Amphitheater. Due to street closures for the Marathon, attendees are encouraged to access Dogwood Dell via the I95/Downtown Expressway. The Keynote Speaker will be Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs Carlos Hopkins. Representatives of many of the Veteran Services Organizations serving on the Joint Leadership Council of Veteran Services Organizations will be honored at this event. For more information you may contact Robert Paylor at email@example.com or phone 804-786-2060.
Department of Veterans Affairs ID Card
Beginning in November, the VA will begin issuing Veteran ID cards to those veterans who do not have a military issued ID or qualify for a VA Health ID card. While the VA is authorized to charge a fee, they have indicated that they will not do so (the Virginia DMV currently will provide a veteran ID but it charges $10). Since this ID will be issued by the VA it should be universally accepted. As soon as the online application process is established it will be published here.
Virginia Granted REAL ID Extension
In an earlier Veteran Update it was announced that Virginia driver’s licences would not be accepted for entry into military installations or as identification for boarding domestic civilian aircraft after 10 October of this year. The Department of Homeland Security has recently issued Virginia another extension and Virginia licenses will continue to be accepted until October of 2018. The press release from DMV can be seen here.
Military History Anniversaries
For those interested in Military History, items of interest for 16-31 October can be found here.
In closing, you can contact me at my district office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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