Disabled American Veterans
East Valley Chapter 8
655 N. Gilbert Rd, Mesa AZ 85203
Ph: 480-890-2424
Fax: 480-615-4900 
Est. Sept 30, 1953
September 2017
First Edition Vol 9 
Chapter 8 General Meeting
Sept. 14, 2017 @ 1830hrs (6:30pm)
Hot dinner served at 1730hrs (5:30pm) 
Location: North East Corner of Gilbert Rd & University Dr.
2024 E University Dr. Mesa AZ 85203
Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 9:00am - 2:00pm
Service Officers available:
(No Appointment Needed)
Monday - Friday 9:00am - 2:00pm
1 Saturday a month:
Sept 30, 2017 9:00am - 12:00 noon
Oct 28, 2017 9:00am - 12:00 noon


Amazing how time flies when one is busy! We have been really busy here at the chapter house between servicing our fellow veterans, we have been clearing the walls and packing stuff up getting ready for the City of Mesa Volunteers coming in to give our chapter house a fresh coat of paint on the inside Sept 8th in honoring those fallen on 911. The chapter house will be closed Sept 6th through Sunday Sept 10th. We will re-open on Monday Sept 11th at 9am. If you are able to come help get the walls ready on the 6th and 7th. Contact the chapter house for more info.

On a personnel note; my heart and prayers go out to all of our fellow Americans devastated by Hurricane Harvey, and also for those that are wanting to contribute, please make sure it is to reputable agencies such as the American Red Cross , the Houston Humane Society , and the Houston Food Bank . Let's keep all of them in our prayers.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the monthly general meeting on Sept 14th! Have a great & safe Labor Day weekend and have a great month!

Quote of the month:

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

Peace love & light
Carey Slade

My motto in life is "It's all good"!


One month later: You have no idea how much your Commander and your CSO's do. This is one of those jobs where you start something and have five other things to do before you finish it. If I get five minutes to ask questions without interruption, I count myself blessed. CSO's saw over 200 vets last month and talked to who knows-how-many more. Several CSO's talked to Vets on out-calls and we managed to survive Commander Slade's trip to National. (She's like a dictionary and I, for one, missed the instruction.)

The new Mesa Veterans Resource Center. 165 E. Centennial Way, opened and Marvin Haines and Mike Crowe represented us. Thank you gentlemen. I haven't had time to go by yet, but I will and I'll let you know what they have.

If you offered to volunteer, we may be able to use you on the 7th of September. An organization have offered to supply 20-30 painters on the 8th of September to paint the chapter house. (It could use a coat of paint.) We'll need help taking things off the wall, packing up things off built in shelves, clearing cabinet tops, etc. etc. So if you have some time and/or some boxes, please let me know. E-mail is best but you can leave a message with the front desk. adjutant@azdav08.org

Deb Magish

Adventures in the chapter house. A veteran and his wife came in last week with two little girls. "When does school start? Will you be entering kindergarten?" I asked the youngest one. "No. I'm only four." She answered holding up four fingers. She then proceeded to tell me. "You know, I was born on my birthday." (Smart little girl.)

"This too will pass".
 Hurricane Harvey


The late author C. S. Lewis wrote in The Problem of Pain: “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain ...” 

Hurricane Harvey has hit Texas and the Gulf Coast with painful, brutal intensity. Record rainfall and flooding have unfortunately disrupted and even claimed lives in and around the vicinity of Houston, eastward to Louisiana and Alabama. Federal and state emergency operations are struggling to meet the demands for their services.

These brothers and sisters of ours are just a couple of states away from here. I am confident we in the Arizona DAV are responding with compassion and care, as we are able, through individual contributions to those regional and national organizations most equipped to give aid, food, temporary housing, and more for those most in need. 

Prayer: O God, life can be painful and dangerous at times. Please bring compassion, consolation, and merciful care to all those struggling and suffering, distressed and despairing. Show us how we can help. Amen.

Your Chaplain,
Paul Soderquist
Gun-shows for September 2017

Phoenix Fairground Sept 9th & 10th
Pima County Fairground, Tucson Sept 16th & 17th
Centennial Hall, Mesa Sept 23rd & 24th

The Gun show crew is always looking for volunteers,
inquire at the Chapter house.
VA Benefits Book

Down Load The 2016 version of the Federal Benefits for Veterans Dependents and Survivors. Click Here.

Fact Sheet: Emergent Mental Health Care for
Former Service Members

This fact sheet is designed to explain services available to former service members with other-than-honorable (OTH) administrative discharges and urgent mental health needs.

Because suicide prevention is the Department of Veterans Affairs’ top clinical priority, it is important for former service members to know there is someplace they can turn if they are facing a mental health emergency — whether it means urgent care at a VA emergency department, a Vet Center or through the Veterans Crisis Line.

VA to Increase Access to Safe and
Effective Lung Screening Programs

WASHINGTON — Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a new partnership to increase access to lung screening for Veterans.
Sponsored by the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, the project brings together experts from within and outside VA to develop the VA-PALS Implementation Network (VA-Partnership to increase Access to Lung Screening). Its goal is to develop early-detection programs for lung cancer, a malignancy with an 80 percent cure rate when caught early.
This new project will launch lung-screening services at the Phoenix VA Health Care System by December 2017, and then extend these services to nine additional VA medical facilities starting in 2018. Once fully implemented, the project has the potential to become even more widely available throughout VA.

East Valley Unit 8
655 N. Gilbert Rd Mesa AZ 85203
Ph: 480-890-2424

Unit 8 Meeting: Sept 16, 2017
655 N. Gilbert Road, Mesa, AZ 85203
Unit 8 strives to be active in:
Community Service 
hospital visitations
VAVS projects

other areas as needed. 

Our goal is to help our disabled veterans in any way we can. 

We are a small group of people with
caring hearts. 
Volunteers Needed
  • Donating to the Women Veterans
Disabled American Veterans
Mission Statement:

We are dedicated to a single purpose: Empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. We accomplish this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America's injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.