Coming Up

Here are the future dates of our Various VAC meetings at the Lafayette Public Library, Southside, on Johnston Street, near the Mall. These dates will cover through October.

The library has opened up the 3rd room at the library, across from our meeting room, to sign-in Veterans into the VA system. This will take place from 4-7 pm on our meeting dates.

The only exception to the time for the sign up is in October, which will be from 4-6pm ( as there is a previously scheduled meeting for the Library).


Here is the future schedule:

July 26, 2016. Tuesday
Aug 25, 2016, Thursday
Sept 22, 2016, Thursday 
Oct, 27, 2016, Thursday

Veteran sign-up…………………. 4:00 pm -7:00 pm*
* except October which will be 4:00pm -6:00pm; the sign-up room will start in July.

VAC monthly General meeting… 7:00 pm-8:30 pm * 
*note: These meetings can last till 9:00 pm if need be

Hope to see you there!!!!


Lake Charles CBOC Progress As of 7/21/16

Progress of Lake Charles CBOC

As of 7-21-16

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Louisiana Seeks to Do Away with Concealed Carry Fees for Veterans

Louisiana Seeks to Do Away with Concealed Carry Fees for Veterans

A bill on the desk of Gov. John Bel Edwards would allow Louisiana’s veteran population to obtain a free concealed carry permit.

The measure, introduced in March, proved extremely popular with lawmakers who approved it 96-0 and 37-1 in the state House and Senate respectively. The only “nay” vote came from New Orleans Democrat Sen. Karen Carter Peterson who also serves as the chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party.

The bill was sponsored by Rep. Tanner Magee, R-Houma, and flew through the legislature without debate.
Magee’s proposal, HB 304, would amend current law which provides for a 50 percent discount for active duty, reserve and veteran members of the armed forces by replacing it with an option for a free permit.

Current standard fees for a five-year license in the shall-issue state are $125 with a lifetime permit available for $500.

According to research from the legislative fiscal office, the state’s Public Safety Services gave 4,623 discounted concealed carry permits to military veterans out of 17,853 permits issued statewide last year, or about one in four. The office estimates that the state could stand to lose as much as $1.5 million per year if the bill becomes law, but the Concealed Handgun Permit Fund brought in over $3.7 million in 2015.

Historically, revenues have far outpaced expenditures for that fund, with $1.625 million allocated to the Louisiana State Police’s permit unit in the 2015 budget.

As noted by data from the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics, there are over 330,000 veterans in Louisiana.
The bill was transmitted to the governor on May 5.
While a Democrat, Gov. Edwards is a veteran himself, having graduated from the United States Military Academy then going on to spent eight years as an infantry officer, and contended during his race for the Governor’s mansion last year that he was pro-gun.

**Update 5/12**
Edwards signed the measure along with a host of others without comment on Wednesday.

For the full article click the link below:

Louisiana Seeks to Do Away with Concealed Carry Fees for Veterans


Lake Charles VA CBOC Demolition Progress *Update 7/7/16

Lake Charles Demolition *Update 7/7/16

Demolition is moving along.

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

More to come  as it becomes available.