Veteran's Group

St Michael the Archangel Veterans Group

Who we are:

We the Veterans and our families are coming together to serve those who are actively serving and those who have served in the past.  We will support by providing information and mentors.  By our actions as warriors, we will spread God’s love for our brothers and sisters in Christ.

The St. Mel Veterans Group has annually held a Veterans Day Mass and breakfast and Memorial Day Mass and cup of Joe honoring those who have served and those who are now deceased.  We would like to thank Don Jones for the special presentation he made about Ralph St. Cloud, his stepfather in-law, and a survivor of the 1942 Bataan Death March.  About 75,000 Filipino and U.S. troops were forced to make the 65-miles arduous march to prison camps.  It is estimated that 17,000 men perished during and after the death march.   

Upcoming Events:  We will be holding a fundraiser for the St. Mel’s St. Michael the Archangel Vets Group at Lupita’s Mexican Restaurant located at 9353 Greenback Ln., in Orangevale on the following dates: July 7, 8 and 9, 2023.  Just bring your bulletin or let them know that you are a member of our parish.

Veterans Helping Veterans:

For those of you who might know of a low income veteran who is 65 or older or a low income veteran who is now disabled but does not qualify for a VA disability; there is a Veterans Pension program that provides monthly payments to wartime Veterans who meet certain age or disability requirements, and who have income and net worth within certain limits.  You can click on the below link to find out more information and eligibility requirements.


Signed into law on June 7, 2022, the Dr. Kate Hendricks Thomas Supporting Expanded Review for Veterans in Combat Environment (SERVICE) Act (P.L. 117-133 ) expands breast cancer screening eligibility for Veterans and ensures research continues to advance our knowledge of toxic exposures and breast cancer. Thomas was a Marine Corps Veteran and public health professional. She deployed to Iraq in 2005, where she was exposed daily to a burn pit on base. In 2018, she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. She died on April 5, 2022, at the age of 42. Her legacy of service lives on through the SERVICE Act. [From VA News] Click below for more information.

Expanded breast cancer screening options through the SERVICE Act


Almost 8,000 veterans are treated for lung cancer every year at the VA. To find out about their Lung Cancer Screening and if you qualify click on the following link:


If you are a veteran, a family member or friend and wish to be notified of upcoming events or wish to help with one of our events let us know by sending your name and email address to [email protected]