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East County Veterans to host “Warrior Images” art exhibit in Rivertown, Sun., Aug. 6

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

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Honor those who’ve fallen in battle for our freedom on Memorial Day in Antioch, Monday, May 28

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

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DeSaulnier says “rash” U.S. airstrikes in Syria “not sufficient”

Friday, April 7th, 2017

Washington, DC — Today, Friday, April 7, 2017 Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (D, CA-11) made the following statement on the U.S. Airstrikes in Syria.

“The atrocities carried out by the Russian-backed regime of President Bashar Al-Assad in Syria on its own innocent men, women, and children are uncivilized and unconscionable. Over the past six years, nearly ten million Syrian civilians have been displaced and driven from their homes, and almost four hundred thousand Syrians have lost their lives. The latest use of chemical weapons on its citizens by the Assad regime demands action by the international community.

The ability of the United States Administration to respond to these attacks is hindered by the relationship between President Trump and the Russian government, which has compromised his moral authority. These rash airstrikes alone are not sufficient to combat the war crimes perpetrated by the Assad regime. President Trump must provide a clear and rational strategy that will not only aid Syrian citizens, but also keep safe the men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces. This strategy must include consulting with Congress and seeking an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), as required by the Constitution.”

Questions were sent to DeSaulnier asking what other actions he would suggest President Trump take in response to Al-Assad’s attacks on his own people and if they should include more U.S. ground troops in Syria. Please check back for his response.

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McNerney’s bipartisan bill to improve broadband access for veterans passes House

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

Senators Blumenthal, Booker applaud passage, introduce companion bill

Earlier this week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Congressman Jerry McNerney’s (D, CA-09) bipartisan bill, H.R. 6394, the Improving Broadband Access for Veterans Act of 2016.  Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) was the lead Republican co-sponsor. A companion bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ).

“Having broadband internet service is important for the more than 20 million veterans across our nation, with the highest population residing in California,” said McNerney. “A broadband internet connection helps veterans apply for jobs more easily, communicate with family and friends, keep up with current events, and obtain health care services. Veterans face many challenges when they return home; being without broadband access should not be one of those challenges. I commend my colleague Rep. Kinzinger for his efforts on this bill and the House for passing it with overwhelming support.”

Low-income veterans and veterans residing in rural areas are at a higher likelihood of not having broadband internet service. The U.S. Census Bureau and the Pew Research Center both report that broadband adoption rates are significantly lower among Americans who live at or below the federal poverty level. Analysis by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce further finds that broadband adoption rates in rural areas of the country are lower than in urban areas

H.R. 6394 directs the Federal Communications Commission to produce a report examining the current state of broadband internet access for veterans and what can be done to increase access, with a focus on low-income veterans and veterans residing in rural areas. The report must include findings and recommendations for Congress and be completed within one year of the bill’s enactment.

“The findings and recommendations from this report will be key for paving the way to get more veterans connected and help close the digital divide,” McNerney added.

“I am proud to co-lead H.R. 6394, which aims to improve broadband access for our veterans – especially those in rural areas, or those unable to afford it. After serving tirelessly to protect our country, veterans face many challenges when they return home. This bill is the first step towards alleviating one piece of the transition back into civilian life through the benefits afforded by broadband access – from connecting with family and friends, applying for jobs, accessing information on benefits and health services, and much more. Thanks to Congressman Jerry McNerney for working with me to introduce this legislation.” said Rep. Kinzinger.

H.R. 6394 passed the House by 411-4.  A companion bill, S. 3501, has been introduced by Senators Blumenthal and Booker.

“This important legislation will bring to light the key hurdles hindering veterans’ access to broadband, and pave the way for meaningful action to ensure veterans have the information and tools they need to successfully navigate the transition from the armed services to civilian employment. Access to broadband is essential to conduct daily activities, pursue job and housing opportunities, obtain quality health care services, and stay in touch with family members,” said Blumenthal.

“In the digital age, broadband access is not a luxury — it’s a necessity. The Improving Broadband Access for Veterans Act will help close the digital divide and will ensure that the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country have access to tools for communication and future success,” said Booker.

McNerney represents California’s 9th Congressional District that includes most of Antioch and other portions of Contra Costa and Sacramento Counties, and most of San Joaquin County. For more information on Rep. McNerney’s work, follow him on Facebook and on Twitter @RepMcNerney.

 

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Free Thanksgiving Dinner for veterans and military families, in Antioch, Thursday

Monday, November 21st, 2016

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See photos from Antioch’s annual Veterans Day Parade in downtown, Friday

Saturday, November 12th, 2016
Antioch Police Motorcycle Officer Robert Solari leads off the Annual Veterans Day Parade on West 2nd Street in historic, downtown Rivertown, Friday, November 11, 2016.

Antioch Police Motorcycle Officer Robert Solari leads off the Annual Veterans Day Parade on West 2nd Street in historic, downtown Rivertown, Friday, November 11, 2016.

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Grand Marshall and Antioch's First Veteran of the Year John McMullen of VFW Post 6435

Grand Marshall and Antioch’s First Veteran of the Year John McMullen of VFW Post 6435

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Antioch to celebrate Veterans Day with ceremonies, parade, USO Tribute in downtown, Friday, Nov. 11th

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

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Antioch Animal Services to honor military veterans, November 11th & 12th

Friday, November 4th, 2016

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Adoption fee waivers for veterans

Antioch Animal Services will be expressing their gratitude to the men and women who have served our country by honoring them in the Antioch Veteran’s Day Parade, Friday, November 11th, in Antioch. Several Shelter Staff & Volunteers, many who are Veterans themselves, will march in the parade accompanied by dogs available for adoption from Antioch Animal Services.

The Celebration of Thanks continues on Saturday, November 12th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the facility located at 300 L St in Antioch, where Antioch Animal Services will be waiving the Adoption Fee on any pet adopted by a Current or Former Member of the Military or Qualified Dependent. The waived Adoption Fee includes: spay/neuter, microchip and shots. Proof of military service must be presented in the form of Military ID, Veterans Administration ID, Military Dependent ID or DD214.

Available pets can be viewed at the facility or on-line at: shelterme.com/antiochanimalservices. The staff and volunteers at Antioch Animal Services are grateful to those who have given so freely of themselves by serving our great nation.

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