November 14, 2015

San Mateo County Veterans Commission Sets Its First Meeting for November 16

9 members of the San Mateo County Veterans Commission
RECENTLY MY COLLEAGUES on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors joined with me in voting for my legislation that established the county's first Veterans Commission. Nearly 100 veterans applied to serve on the commission, 30 candidates were interviewed and 11 were eventually selected.

All of the candidates were outstanding and it was difficult for the interview panel consisting of myself, Supervisor Don Horsley and Director of Human Resources, Donna Vaillancourt, to select just 11 from the pool. Each veteran had a great personal story and it was an honor to meet each one.

President Obama recently said, "...our gratitude (to our vets) should extend beyond what our veterans have done for us in the past. It should remind us of our responsibility to serve them as well as they have served us. It should compel us to keep our veterans central to the ongoing work of this nation."

As a Vietnam veteran, I know firsthand of the personal sacrifice, camaraderie and dedication to purpose that veterans share. I am proud to be counted in their ranks. With veterans representing all ages and branches of the Armed Services, the Veterans Commission will examine the needs, set the priorities and help the County do its part to take care of those who have taken care of us.i

There are approximately 33,000 veterans in San Mateo County.

On November 16 the commission will hold its first meeting. The event will take place in the Board of Supervisors Chamber located at 400 Marshall. For more information, contact my office at 650-

To make an appointment with the County Veterans Services Office, call 650-802-6598 or email

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