Brentwood Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10789: Veteran Relief Fund
It is no secret that many of the nation’s veterans face significant physical and mental health challenges that arise from serving our country. With that in mind, since early 2016, the Community Health Fund (CHF) has been exploring opportunities to help address the health and wellness needs of veterans residing in Far Eastern Contra Costa County (Brentwood, Oakley, Knightsen, Bethel Island, and Discovery Bay). After identifying that vets in the region have a close association with Brentwood VFW Post 10789, the CHF held a series of meetings with that organization’s leaders. The meetings revealed that military sexual trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, and homelessness are the top issues for vets in this region.
In addition, the VFW revealed that each year it draws on a rich pool of volunteers, predominantly veterans and their families, as well as on funds raised through its annual Poppy Drive, to help veterans access medical and mental health care, along with a variety of wellness services. To support this effort, for 2018, the CHF has provided a one-time $2,000 annual program grant to the organization’s Veteran Relief Fund. The funds can be used to:
- Assist vets with bills, including rent and car repairs
- Repair and modify the homes of disabled vets
- Ensure vets and their families have adequate food and clothing