VAC CHANGE OF GUARD….Effective 23rd June 2016

Va Coalition Chairmen

*Pictured left from right:
VAC Co-Chairman
Tom Green, Tom Grote, Dr. Jon “Skip” Palmintier, and Jim Nunn

During the Coalition’s June meeting, held Thursday 23rd June 2016

VAC Co-Chairmen Tom Grote and Dr. Jon “Skip” Palmintier were honored by the Coalition for their hard work and dedication over the past 4 1/2 years.

Mr. Grote and Dr. Palmintier will remain on the Advisory Board but have decided to step down as co-chairs.

Effective 23rd June 2016 Advisory Board members Mr. Tom Green and Mr. Jim Nunn will now serve as Co-Chairmen for the Veterans Action Coalition of South Louisiana.

Thank you Mr. Grote and Dr. Palmintier for all your hard work and dedication to the VAC, the board, and the Veterans of South Louisiana.




Lafayette CBOC Voluntter 232 help

Volunteers are needed in the new Lafayette CBOC.

For more information or to pick up a Volunteer application to be considered, please contact:

MS. RAE LOGAN, Community Volunteer Liaison

at (337) 205-6008

*Volunteer Applications can be faxed or  picked up at : 232-Help

You may also click the link below to download and print the Volunteer Application.

Completed forms may be mailed to:

Rae Logan

1005 Jefferson St.

Lafayette, LA 70501


To Download the Volunteer Application Please click the link below:

Volunteer Application


No Greater Love Event: Lake Charles 3rd July 2016

 No Greater Love Flier

Motorcycle Rally with over 500 motorcycles will carry our flag around the city leading up to the event.  Legacy One  will be coming in from Lafayette, La to handle all of the food before and after the event.


We will also be filming this event to create a short teaser to promote No Greater Love as we start our theatrical run this Fall.  The Rosa Hart Theater in the Lake Charles Civic Center holds up to 2000 people and we are hoping for a full house.


In addition a Veteran’s Resource tent  will be set up with representatives from local VSOs to share information about what each organization is doing in their community to help veterans transition home.  Any funds received through the Text-to-Give option at the end of the movie will go towards all of these local VSOs.


We want this event to be a template for our Welcome Home campaign we would like to arrange in every town across the country as we roll out No Greater Love to the public.

We will be hosting a Text-to-Give at the end of the film for anyone who would like to support local area veteran organizations.

If you’d like to help spread the word on Facebook, please go to and share:


We’re working hard to get the word out. Hope to see you there!


Virtual Town Hall with Fernando Rivera 7/12


Join us for our Virtual Town Hall with Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System Medical Center Director Fernando O. Rivera, FACHE. He will be answering your questions about the activation of the new medical center, our health care programs and resources, job opportunities and much more! Come for this informative event.

This event will be held on:   Tuesday, July 12 at 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

To join this event please see the link on Facebook below:

Virtual Town Hall with Fernando Rivera




**Please note: Our meetings are normally held the 4th Thursday of the month UNLESS noted otherwise.**

Meetings last 60-90 minutes

These meetings are not only limited to Veterans but family, friends, concerned citizens and anyone concerned about healthcare for Veterans.

Meetings are held at the SOUTH REGIONAL LIBRARY BRANCH located off Johnston St. in Lafayette at 1900 hours (thats’s 7:00pm)

Our next meetings will be held:


All public is invited to attend and you are urged to bring a friend!
Hope to see you there!



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Lake Charles Demo #1
The New Lake Charles New VA CBOC Site …Demolition &  Clearing has begun…

More to come  as it becomes available.


Mr. Gary Edmondson Honored …

Gary Edmondson Honored

Pictured from left to right: Mr. Gary Edmondson (left)
Department of Veteran’s Affairs Secretary, Joey Strickland (right)

During the Coalition’s June meeting  that was held on Thursday 23rd June 2016 Mr. Gary Edmondson was honored by Governor John Bel Edwards and Department of Veteran’s Affairs Secretary, Joey Strickland for his service and honor to Veteran’s.

Mr. Edmondson serves on the Honor Guard. Mr. Edmondson began playing TAPS at military funerals at the age of 12 and 70 years later has remained playing ever since.

WE congratulate you Mr. Edmondson. Thank you for your service and commitment to our Veterans!

God Bless you!!


As Seen in the Daily Advertiser…70 years of a calling to honor Veterans

Mr. Gary Edmondson was recently honored by Governor John Bel Edwards and Department of Veteran’s Affairs Secretary Joey Strickland for his service and honor of Veterans.

The Daily Advertiser published a piece on Mr. Edmondson.

Please click the link below for the full article

70 years of a calling to honor Veterans


New Veteran’s Clinic in Lafayette Expected to Be Completed in August

As Seen on KLFY…20 June 2016


For the full story please click on the link below

New Veterans Clinic in Lafayette Expected to be Completed in August


Remember the true meaning of today…


“We owe them a debt we can never repay. All we can do is remember them for what they did and why they had to be brave

for us”

President Ronald Reagan