Clinic facilities

Reps Introduce Bill to Rename Mare Island VA Clinic After Veterans Advocate

MARE ISLAND — Federal legislation has been introduced to rename the Mare Island Veterans Affairs Clinic to the Delphine Metcalf-Foster VA Clinic.

Metcalf-Foster is a lifelong Vallejo resident, the daughter of a 9th Cavalry Buffalo Soldier, a disabled U.S. Army Reserve, and veteran of Operation Desert Storm. She is a Bronze Star Medal recipient and, after retiring as a sergeant in 1996, became a veterans advocate.

“Delphine Metcalf-Foster has dedicated her life to serving our country, our community and her fellow veterans,” Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St Helena, said in a statement. “She is the epitome of selflessness, and that is well-deserved recognition. I look forward to working to get this legislation passed through the House and for President Biden to sign it into law, making it a reality.

Metcalf-Foster was the Chapter 21 Commander of Disabled American Veterans Ozie Boler in Vallejo, DAV Department of California in 2004-05, and National DAV Commander in 2017-18. She is also a life member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

In 2018, she was recognized in 2018 as one of the “Mighty 25: Influencers Supporting the Military Community”. She was selected in 2019 as Grand Marshal for Vallejo’s 166th July 4th Parade.

Metcalf-Foster continues to volunteer at VA facilities, serves on the board of Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity, the VA Northern California Health Care System Veteran and Family Advisory Committee, the VA Advisory Committee on Women Veterans, and from the VA Research Advisory Committee on the Illnesses of Gulf War Veterans.

Thompson and Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, introduced the bill. Each is a candidate for re-election, although in different districts they currently serve.

Thompson is running in the new 4th congressional district. His opponent is Matt Brock, R-Vacaville. Garamendi is running in the new 8th congressional district. His opponent is Rudy Recile, R-Vacaville. Both districts include parts of Solano County.