and EVERY FALL.....
Each year, the City of San Francisco
hosts TWO major events that honor the
service and sacrifice of its community
of Veterans and their families.
Both events are planned, organized,
funded and produced through the
individual and collective efforts of
members of the San Francisco
Veterans Affairs Commission.
They are the
ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY
Commemoration Event (on each
Memorial Day Weekend), produced
and held at the PRESIDIO NATIONAL CEMETERY, and the
ANNUAL VETERAN'S DAY PARADE
(on or near Veteran's Day in November of
each year), from downtown San Francisco
to the Civic Center Reviewing Stand.
Note: Full information and details for
each of these traditional events, are
posted in this space well before the
date(s) of each event.
the VAC endorses a series of VETERANS TOWN HALL MEETINGS…
Every 4th Wednesday of the month!
Two Sessions: 9-11am, and 5-7pm
War Memorial Veterans Building 401 South Van Ness – Across from City Hall.
Join veterans, counselors, speakers, trainers and employers to network on career training/opportunities, VA benefits and services, education services and more.
These meetings are by
Eddie Ramirez, S.F. VA Medical Center, Minority Veterans Program Coordinator
For info: Call 415-740-4399
Check out the PROJECTS and ITEMS of INTEREST page for additional upcoming events and activities sponsored by the VAC.
PURPOSE and MISSION
By its Commission Charter (see details in HISTORY, below), the SAN FRANCISCO VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMISSION (VAC) is an advisory commission to the Mayor and Board of Supervisors of the City & County of San Francisco.
Specifically, we are charged to provide advice on all matters affecting Veterans, including problems, interests and needs of San Francisco Veterans.
Further responsibilities include the coordination of economic development, health care, and social services as they relate to the veterans of San Francisco.
In the POWERS and DUTIES section of its Charter, the Commission is empowered to HOLD HEARINGS (as required) for coordination, development and submittal of recommendations (to City Government), in areas of economic development, health care, and social services programs as they relate to San Francisco Veterans.
The VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMISSION of the City and County of San Francisco was authorized in the City of S.F. Administrative Code (at Ordinance 449-82), on 16 September, 1982. There have been several administrative Code Amendments since that date, however the Purpose and Mission (as above) remains unchanged.
Commissioners serve on a voluntary basis (i.e. un-remunerated), and the Commission operates with no budget, income or accounts.
Over the years numerous distinguished San Francisco Veterans/citizens have served on the Commission and, over the years, many of its Resolutions, Advisories and Recommendations have been enacted by the City Administration.
Additionally, many individual members of the Commission are active in Volunteer work and projects of direct assistance and benefit to area veterans the Veterans Community of San Francisco.
- The authorized strength of the Commission is currently at seventeen (17) members; twelve of whom are appointed by the Board of Supervisors (BoS), and five appointed by the Mayor.
- A minimum of three (3) appointees must be female veterans; two BoS appointees, and one Mayoral appointee.
- A minimum of two (2) appointees must be Veterans who have a Veterans Administration recognized disability, arising from their military service; one BoS appointee; one Mayoral.
- All commission appointees must reside in the City/County of San Francisco.
See our website page "ABOUT US" for a current Commission ROSTER, authorized strength, and current vacancies (if any).
Further information on Term Expiration Dates for current Commissioners is available from the CENTRALIZED COMMISSION, TASK FORCE, COMMITTEE DATABASE which is maintained within the ‘311’ system. To access this information, click on the ‘311’ icon (at left) and follow prompts.
For further information on current Commission Membership, as well as info on becoming a candidate for appointment to the VAC, click on the “About Us” link in the box at left side of this page.
For further information on the COUNTY VETERANS SERVICE OFFICE, and other agencies/contacts for direct services to veterans, click on the “Related Links” box at left side of this page.