Veterans' Affairs Commission - August 8, 2017 - Agenda

Meeting Date: 
August 8, 2017 - 6:00pm
Room 416, San Francisco City Hall
San Francisco, CA


City and County of San Francisco

Mailing Address:  S.F. Veterans Affairs Commission, City Hall

1 Goodlett Place, Room 051, San Francisco, CA 94102


TUESDAY, August 8, 2017, 6:00 PM


Location: Room 416, San Francisco City Hall

President Michael Maffei, Presiding


  • Call to order and Pledge of Allegiance
  • ROLL CALL (Please sign-in on Attendance Sheet)
  • REVIEW of Current Meeting Agenda for approval (action item)
  • REVIEW of Draft Minutes of SFVAC meeting of June 13, 2017 for changes/approval (action item)


  1. Call for Public Comment (Introduction and general comments by guests) (please keep comments to 2 minutes)
  2. Officers’ Reports:
    1. President’s Report, SFVAC President Michael Maffei
    2. Vice President’s Report, SFVAC Vice President Dwane Kennedy
    3. Secretary’s Report  
  3. Old Business:
    1. Commissioner Barnickle to report on Veterans Jobs Fairs


  1. New Business: (Speakers, please keep your presentation under 10 minutes)
    1. VAC Advise to City Administration re: Veterans Homelessness, Commissioner Noetzel, Lead.
    2. Discussion of San Francisco Veterans Study, Commissioners Olivieri and Noetzel, Leads.
    3. Final Discussion of VAC By-Laws Revision, Commissioner Noetzel, lead. 


  1. Veterans Related Legislation:  New or possible legislation affecting Veterans or Veterans Community
  2. Announcements
    1. 2017 National Day of Korea – Honoring the Korean War Veterans, Friday, September 29, 2017, 11:00am, Grand Ballroom, Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105, see enclosed flyer for full details.
  3. Honors Report and Moment of Silence:  In memory of American Armed Service Members who have made the ultimate sacrifice in all wars and conflicts, plus the passing of homeless veterans and veterans who died while waiting approval of benefits requests and suicides within the veterans and armed services community.
  4. Adjournment

Note: Commissioners who are unable to attend this meeting or expecting to be late are asked to notify Secretary Guy prior to the meeting at or via text message.




This document is Official Business of the Veterans Affairs Commission, City and County of San Francisco.  It is part of the official Public Record of the City and County of San Francisco.


Public Access:

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For information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance (Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code), or to report a violation of the ordinance, please contact:  Mr. Chris Ruston, Administrator, Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, at (415) 554-7724.


Veterans Affairs Commission Meetings:

General meetings of the SFVAC are scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month, with the exception for the month of July, when there is no scheduled SF VAC meeting, and are held in Room 416 in City Hall.


Meeting confirmation, and specific announcement of general meetings are made via public posting of the Meeting Agenda as required by law, at least 72 hours prior to scheduled meetings.  Agendas for SFVAC meetings (and archived meeting minutes) are available on the SFVAC Pages of the City of San Francisco website, and are also available for public view and inspection at the 5th Floor Government Information Center at the San Francisco Public Library, at 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.  The documents librarian telephone number is (415) 554-4472.


Disability Access:

City Hall of San Francisco is wheelchair accessible via all entrances.  There is wheelchair accessible public parking nearby, including the underground garage at the north side of City Hall.  The nearby BART/MUNI station (Civic Center) is wheelchair accessible as are nearby city bus lines and stops.  For more public transit information services, call (415) 923-6142 or dial 311.

veterans crisis line logo call 1-800-273-8255If you or a Veteran you know is in immediate danger to themselves or others, please call 911 or visit your local emergency room. 
The Veterans Crisis Line is also available by texting 838255 or by going to their website and chatting with a mental health professional.


san francisco suicide prevention logo24/7 Confidential Support 

Text MYLIFE to 741741

Crisis Line: 

(415) 781-0500




Attachment 1: Events and Information


From Commissioner Miller:

4th Annual Veterans Mental Health Summit: Suicide Prevention and Access to Care, FREE EVENT

Friday, August 12, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (PDT) 

401 Van Ness Avenue, Second Floor, San Francisco, CA

Hosted by the San Francisco VA Health Care System, Swords to Plowshares, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and American Legion Post 505

The purpose for the Veterans Mental Health Summit is to bring together organizations that serve veterans, with the goal of enhancing access to mental health services, particularly suicide prevention services, for veterans and their family members residing in the San Francisco Bay Area.