Veterans Support Group Meeting for Benefits Information

Meeting Date and Time:
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
10 am to 12 noon

VA Medical Center
3350 La Jolla Village Dr
Room 1525
San Diego, CA 92161

Park in the free valet parking service when you first enter the public parking lot. They will also take you to the front door in their mini-shuttle. You may also choose to park in the patient’s lot which is open to the public.

Schedule of Events

9:00 am     Meet and Greet with refreshments
9:30 am     Introduction: Carolyn Salerno-Brydges
9:40 am     Ron Phillips
9:50 am     Patrick C. Prieb: San Diego Regional Benefit Office
10: 30 am  Richard Farrand: American Legion Representative
10:40 am   Sonja Dugan: Semper Fi
10:50 am   Cindy Wilson: Heritage Senior Care
11:00 am   Debra Wood: Experienced Home Care
11:10 am    Daniel Jue: Technology for People With Parkinson’s
11:20 am   Darin Pape: Exercise Program for People with Parkinson’s
11:30 am   Donna Boyd: Filing for VA benefits.
11:40 am   Information Gathering and Meeting Speakers

Sonja Dugan Semper Fi Fund
Sonja Dugan, a representative of the Semper Fi Fund will present this program to us which helps veteran’s in need through various support programs. Vietnam Veteran’s exposed to Agent Orange are now eligible for assistance.


Their story began in the spring of 2003. Just back from Operation Iraqi Freedom, the first wave of wounded Marines and Sailors landed at Camp Pendleton, California. A dedicated group of Marine spouses began to organize welcome home activities at the hospital. The Semper Fi Fund was born.

Service Member and Family Support Program
You are not alone. From injury through recovery, comprehensive programs improve the lives of wounded veterans and address the unique needs of their immediate families.

Program Areas of Assistance:
• Financial Benefits and Support
• Transportation Assistance
• Adaptive Equipment
• Caregiver Support & Retreats
• Home Care Assistance
• Assisted Living Assistance
• Skilled Nursing Assistance
• Palliative Care and Hospice

Richard Farrand – Veteran Service Officers (VSO)
Richard Farrand will speak about the Veteran Service Officers (VSO) program. VSOs assist veterans and their families in many ways, including: answering questions, advising, and educating individuals and groups on what benefits are available from federal, state, county, and local resources and assisting eligible persons in filing the necessary claims.