The Sons of the American Legion, Detachment of California Ways and Means Commission under the direction of Bill Bryant are working together with the rest of the Legion Family to established through and under the direction of the American Legion, Department of California’s Ways and Means Commission, to fulfill a two part mission.
- To make aware to our family members as well as the general public the challenges our veterans face in trying to acquire the full benefits they have earned and deserve, which not only includes medical and psychological treatment/therapy but a number of other benefits which they were contractually promised for serving and going into combat. It is very rare an individual can obtain these benefits on their own without a major tug-of-war, wading through mounds of red tape and hearing recurring denials. The Department of California, American Legion’s Veterans Service Officers’ Program (VSO) is instrumental in cutting through the red tape and getting the earned benefits when it comes to service connected or combat connected disabilities. They get the veteran and their family set up with monthly tax free disability pay. Accomplishing these goals by our VSOs, have prevented many veterans who were facing suicide, to turn back around and flow back into society, knowing their disability will no longer prevent their family from surviving financially.
- To seek and collect tax-deductible donations that will be used exclusively to not only cover the expenses but also expand the outreach of the Department of California, American Legion’s Veterans Service Officers’ Program (VSO) in helping more veterans and their families.
- The Helmets for Heroes Program is one of the fundraising arms being utilized by the Department and Detachment of California in raising the funds needed.
This program can and certainly does take care of an emergency issues, but the key mission of our VSO program as has been demonstrated by our officer’s successful track record of helping thousands of veterans with legitimate disability claims with lifetime solutions; and not just an immediate fix for a car payment, some food, and an electric bill, etc.
So you understand better the purpose and vision of our Department’s VSO team, it is not looking for just a quick fix (although they can handle that as well) by putting a financial band aid to cover an emergency trauma wound, but rather they seek to heal the wound with proper treatment, therapy and to prevent scaring. Our teams are looking to setting our veterans in need on a pathway to a complete and successful transition from military life to civilian life.
You will soon be able to surf through the “Helmets for Heroes” website (which is now being built) and become familiar with our program, the good it accomplishes and hear from the veterans who has been helped through your Detachment’s participation. Please consider making a one time contribution or agree to set up with a monthly pledge of a dollar amount you feel comfortable with.
We also have many areas of need for volunteers which you can get involved with – we value your help any way you feel comfortable participating.
Contact Bill Bryant and let him know your interest.