Faces and Places – The Vacaville Reporter

Thompson, Garamendi introduce bill to rename Mare Island VA Clinic in honor of distinguished veteran Delphine Metcalf-Foster

U.S. Reps Mike Thompson (CA-05) and John Garamendi (CA-03) introduced legislation to rename the Mare Island Veterans Affairs (VA) Clinic in Vallejo the Delphine Metcalf-Foster VA Clinic. Ms. Metcalf-Foster is a lifelong resident of Vallejo, the daughter of a 9th Cavalry Buffalo soldier, a disabled US Army Reserve Veteran in Operation Desert Storm, and a Bronze Star medalist. After retiring as First Sergeant (E-8) in 1996, she embarked on a lifetime mission to help all veterans.”

Vallejo veteran Delphine Metcalf-Foster said she had no side effects with either vaccine dose.  (Courtesy of Photo/DAV)
Vallejo veteran Delphine Metcalf-Foster (Courtesy of Photo/DAV)

dedicated her life to serving our country, our community and her fellow veterans,” Thompson said. “I am proud to introduce this bill in honor of Ms. Metcalf-Foster for all she has done to improve our community and uplift our veterans. She is the epitome of selflessness, and that is well-deserved recognition. I look forward to working to get this legislation passed in the House of Representatives and President Biden to sign it into law to make it a reality.”

“I am delighted to join Mike Thompson in recognizing the achievements and lifetime of service of Delphine Metcalf-Foster. She has dedicated her life to helping others – whether it’s here in the Bay Area or around the world. I look forward to this bill becoming law and finally recognizing Delphine for her decades of work for others,” Garamendi said.

Ms. Metcalf-Foster served as Commander of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Ozie Boler Chapter 21 in Vallejo, DAV Department of California from 2004-2005 and DAV National Commander from 2017-2018. She is also a lifetime member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. In 2018 she was recognized as one of the “Mighty 25: Influencers Supporting the Military Community”. In 2019, she was selected as the Grand Marshall for the 166th Vallejo Fourth of July Parade.

Ms. Metcalf-Foster is a pioneering veteran who continues to be passionate and selfless in volunteering locally and nationally to improve outreach and service for all veterans.

As Ms. Metcalf-Foster continues to volunteer countless hours at VA facilities, her leadership is continually sought from the local to the national level. She has served on the Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors, the VA Northern California Health Care System Veteran and Family Advisory Committee, the VA Advisory Committee on Women Veterans, and the VA Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses. She has also testified at hearings of the House and Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, where she advocated improving outreach and services for women and all veterans.

Show your support for Vacaville residents in need; Donate to the Vacaville Christmas Fund

As the season approaches, the Vacaville Fire Department is calling on the community to support Vacaville residents in need. The department is now raising funds for the Vacaville Christmas Fund with the goal of helping even more people than last year.

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The Vacaville Christmas Fund, a 501(c)(3), was established more than 30 years ago to raise funds for Vacaville families in need. In 2021, this annual holiday meal program helped 15 Vacaville families and 10 Vacaville seniors with grocery vouchers. Donations not only help residents during the holiday season; The Vacaville Christmas Fund distributes emergency aid to families throughout the year.

The program can only make a difference with the support of the community. Every cent donated is used to purchase gift cards for Vacaville residents in need. Each person who donates will receive a letter for their tax records. Checks should be made payable to: Vacaville Christmas Fund.

Donations can be mailed to:Vacaville Fire DepartmentVacaville Christmas Fund650 Merchant StreetVacaville, CA 95688

Donations can be made Monday through Friday between 8:00am and 5:30pm at: Fire Department Administration Office (located in City Hall).

VPD Announces Promotions of Four Vallejo OfficersThe Vallejo Police Department is pleased to announce the promotions of Drew Ramsay, Bob Knight, Jeremy Huff and Jeremy Callinan.

“These promotions are well-deserved for a group of hard-working and dedicated individuals,” said Interim Police Commissioner Jason Ta, “and I’m honored to offer them this advancement in their careers at Vallejo.”

Drew Ramsay, who recently celebrated 25 years of service with the department, was promoted to captain and Bob “Bobby” Knight, who has been with the department for 23 years, was promoted to interim captain. Jeremy Huff, a 20-year veteran with the department, was promoted to lieutenant, and Jeremy Callinan, who had been with the department for nearly seven years, was promoted to sergeant.

These promotions came into effect on Monday 7th November.

Touro University California was ranked highly by US News

Touro University California was again recognized by US News & World Reports’ Best Colleges for 2022 for excellence.

The rankings are recognized as some of the most influential recognitions for colleges nationwide. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a range of indicators of excellence.

Touro’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUCOM) ranks #2 in California and #12 nationally for graduates practicing in primary care. The US News rankings evaluate more than 160 national-level medical schools to compile their list of top schools.

TUCOM also ranked #2 in California for Graduates Practicing in Rural Areas and #55 nationally in the same category, ahead of notable institutions such as Stanford, UC Davis and UCLA.

Touro’s Physician Assistant program ranked 3rd in California and 26th nationally. For PA programs, US News evaluated more than 170 schools nationwide. TUC’s PA program is the only joint program in the United States, meaning that all PA graduates earn a Master’s in Public Health at the same time.

Information on all TUC programs can be found at tu.edu.

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