McNerney to host Veterans History Project here today

Effort calls for collecting, preserving accounts of Tri-Valley war veterans

Congressman Jerry McNerney (11th-Pleasanton), in advance of Memorial Day, will host a recording session for the Veterans History Project today in his Pleasanton office.

The goal of the Veterans History Project is to collect and preserve the firsthand accounts of American war veterans by archiving video and audio recordings of their remembrances at the Library of Congress.

"I'm proud to help preserve the accounts of the many brave men and women from our area who served our nation," said McNerney. "I hope that these remembrances will serve as inspiration for future generations."

Members of the Tri-Valley Regional Occupational Program's TV Production and Multimedia class and the San Joaquin Delta College Radio, Television, Broadcasting Department will conduct one-on-one interviews with veterans and compile an audio or video recording. These accounts will later be submitted to the Library of Congress.

Veterans interested in participating should schedule a time in advance by calling Congressman McNerney's Pleasanton office at 737-0727.

The event will take place from 4-7 p.m. today at McNerney's Pleasanton office, 5776 Stoneridge Mall Road, Suite 175, across from the Stoneridge Shopping Center.


Today, McNerney also announced that he will hold two events for local veterans to become honorary signatories to his recently passed law to improve medical care for veterans who have suffered traumatic brain injuries (TBI), a wound frequently sustained by service members in Iraq and Afghanistan.

At the events, the congressman and local veterans will add their names to ceremonial copies of the legislation, which will then be displayed in McNerney's Stockton and Pleasanton offices.

The law, written by McNerney, helps develop policies for better care and rehabilitation of veterans with traumatic brain injuries by establishing a special panel to assess how well the VA treats veterans with TBI and make recommendations for improvement. It will also help establish TBI-specific education and training programs for VA health professionals.

According to the Defense and Brain Injury Center, a collaboration of the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs, between 2000 and 2009 the number of service members diagnosed with TBI has increased from 10,963 to 27,862.

McNerney's bill was signed into law on May 5 as part of the comprehensive Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act.

The signing events are scheduled for 11 a.m.Tuesday at the Civic Center Regional Meeting Room in Dublin, and at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Delta College's Danner Hall 5151 Pacific Ave., in Stockton.

— Dolores Fox Ciardelli

We can't do it without you.
Support local journalism.


Like this comment
Posted by Nauseated by McNerney
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 28, 2010 at 9:06 am

Anything for another "photo op" for this pathethic socialist (mis)representative. How many more job killing bills are you going to vote for, Nancy McNerney?

Like this comment
Posted by susan
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on May 28, 2010 at 11:00 am

I completely agree with nauseated by McNerney, I am in his district I am sorry to say and he has not represented his district, HE ONLY REPRESENTS THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND THE SOCILISTS IN WASHINGTON.

Like this comment
Posted by Mark
a resident of Birdland
on May 28, 2010 at 9:36 pm

I agree with the first two responses. I voted for McNerney but regret it now. He is a tool of Nancy Pelosi and completely ineffective for the district he represents.

Posted by Name hidden
a resident of Ridgeview Commons

on Jun 5, 2017 at 10:47 pm

Due to repeated violations of our Terms of Use, comments from this poster are automatically removed. Why?

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Don't be the last to know

Get the latest headlines sent straight to your inbox every day.

Couples: Reading List
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 708 views

Castlewood members considering offer from Bay Club
By Tim Hunt | 0 comments | 645 views