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
May 2017
First Edition Vol 7
JOINT INSTALLATION MEETING
1300 HRS (1PM)
@ Golden Corral
MAY 11, 2017
Chapter 8 General Meeting:
May 11, 2017 @ 1300hrs (1:00pm)
Lunch is included starting @ 1100am

Location: Golden Corral
1868 N Power Rd., Mesa, AZ
480-985-6793

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 9:00am - 2:00pm
Service Officers available:
(No Appointment Needed)
Monday - Friday 9:00am - 2:00pm
1 Saturday a month:
May 27, 2017 9:00am - 12:00 noon
June 24, 2017 9:00am - 12:00 noon

COMMANDER'S CORNER
Greetings!

Hope you are doing well and in good health. Here we are once again, opening a new month filled with activities to include more fundraising. I have decided not to run for a fourth term as your Commander. This decision was not an easy; however, I think it is time for me to step aside and move on.

Last month Carey Slade was elected as your new Commander, a current adjutant. She is more than qualified of stepping into this position. She is an extraordinary team player, and most importantly, she has been my right-hand person during my tenure. We have worked diligently in keeping this chapter operating smoothly. Carey is also my best friend and has been a huge part of my life. I am confident my successor will do you proud and have your vote of confidence.

This tenure has been an extraordinary experience for the past three years. This posting will be last as your Commander. I want to take this time to thank each member of this great chapter to say, "Thank for all you do for our veteran; I wouldn't have had a successful three-year tenure without your volunteerism and the will of helping our veteran community."

As I step aside, I will continue my quest as your Sr Vice Commander for DAV Department of Arizona. I am looking forward to continuing to help our veterans in a broader, statewide arena. It has been a great honor to serve as your Commander. Rest assure, I will remain my membership in this great chapter. Although, I have decided to help Carey as her adjutant for the time being until someone is willing to step in. If you are interested in volunteering for this position, please step forward.

Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. There will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb. Sir Winston Churchill

This is my farewell posting; once again thank you for your support and confidence in me. I wish you good health and success in keeping the promises to our men and women who served our nation's armed forces.

May God bless you, your families, and God bless America

Marvin Haines Jr.
Commander

A WORD FROM OUR ADJUTANT

Greetings!

First off, I would like to thank everyone for their support at the election meeting in April!  With your help, we can keep our chapter moving forward with our mission of helping our fellow veterans receive what was promised to them when they signed the blank check to the government, like we all did!  I want to invite all of you to our installation meeting on Thursday May 11th at the Golden Corral 1868 N Power Rd., Mesa, AZ; lunch will be on the Chapter starting at 11am for social hour. Installation of both Chapter and Auxiliary will begin at 1300hrs (1pm).

It is with great pleasure to have served as your Adjutant and I am looking forward to serving as your Commander.  My door is always open for idea's, help, to keep us moving forward.  Don't hesitate to reach out to me at anytime!

We have been busy this past month with outreaches and fundraising to help keep us moving forward.  In May we will be doing our quarterly outreach at the Boeing in Mesa on May 23, 2017.  Don't forget Memorial day this month on the 29th and to thank and remember those that gave all when they served.  We will be at the Mesa Cemetery for the memorial service to honor all that have gone on before us, keep an eye on our chapter website, we will have the information posted once it is finalized.

Again I look forward to seeing everyone at the next meeting!


Peace love & light
Carey Slade
Adjutant

My motto in life is "It's all good"!
THOUGHT'S FROM OUR CHAPLAIN
General Quarters

Greetings!

On a ship, to hear "General Quarters, General Quarters, All hands man your battle stations!" over the 1MC is like nothing else.  I found it sure got my blood pumping! The whole ship's company runs immediately to their assigned places to fight the ship. The time for preparation is past. The time for action has arrived. Even if it's only an exercise.

In 1985 I was out at sea off the Central American coast. The Navy officer next to me said he had been on a ship once in that same part of the world for a multi-nation military exercise.  He described the exercise.  The various surface ships were to compete in firing upon a drone flying low and slow off in the distance.  The Americans were to go last.  As it turns out, all the attempts of the non-American navies to hit the drone were unsuccessful.  Then it was the U.S. Navy's turn.  "Fire!" said the American Captain.  And the gunners used their 5 inch gun to hit the drone with one shot!  

President George Washington said, "To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace."  I pray for peace regularly.  I know many of you do as well.  I also have utmost confidence that should our brothers and sisters on active duty be called to go to General Quarters, they are ready.

And we who are the DAV and DAV Auxiliary stand ready to support them when they return.

Thankfully,
Your Chaplain,
Paul Soderquist
NEWS FROM OUR MEMBERS
  (This was published in the  January - February 2017 of the The Graybeards)

822nd Engineer Aviation Battalion (SCAWAF),
All Black Unit, Okinawa (1949 -1950)

  I wrote the below article ten years ago and submitted it to a Black newspaper. The unit of which I spoke did so much in the early part of the Korean War. Yet, I have not heard of or read about since.

I read every page of The Greybeards that I receive, hoping to hear of my unit. I will be 84 in January of 2017.

The unit consisted of 600 troops, with white officers. We took basic training as a black unit at Fort Dix, NJ. However, we had Black officers and NCOs.  We left New Jersey on troop trains to California. We boarded a ship, the Gen. Walker, for Okinawa, where we worked building roads, bridges, etc. for eleven months, until the Korean War began. Then we went to Japan.  We left Japan on Japanese cargo ships for South Korea.  When we got close to South Korea, we began waving flags to identify ourselves to the U.S. warships in order not to be shot out of the water. After landing in South Korea, we were issued substandard winter gear.  Our boots were different from those issued to the white soldiers. Our boots needed extra insoles and socks, which made our feet sweat and freeze, causing frost-bitten feet. The white soldiers’ boots didn’t need the extras. Their feet didn’t sweat or freeze.

We were issued Army green overcoats with drop-down leggings. White units received parkas to protect their bodies. This was in 1950, one of the coldest winters in fifty years in Korea.  We were responsible for the complete construction of the  three major airfields that enabled jet fighters to land in Korea:  K1 at Mason, K2 at Tague, and K9 at Pusan. We received the Presidential Unit Citation.

As of this date I have not read about this unit. I would love to hear from anyone who was in this unit. I was eighteen years old, one of the youngest guys in the unit. I am sure that now most of the guys would be much older.  We integrated in January 1951, when six white guys were shipped into our unit.

SSG Jones, Robert L. 
7221 E. Lomita Ave., Mesa, AZ 85209,
PH: 480-641-6643,
EM: bobjones333@outlook.com  

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here is a little info re the battalion. If any- one can fill in the blanks let us and Mr. Jones, U.S. Army (ret.) know.


UPCOMING EVENTS / OUTREACHES
Our Mission
The mission of Camp Corral is to transform the lives of children of wounded, disabled, and fallen military heroes by providing a unique summer camp experience.

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We are at the following Golden Corral locations on these day's

Power & McKellips location in Mesa; Fri, Sat & Sun's

Cooper & Baseline location in Gilbert; Friday's thru Monday's

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

If you are wanting to donate to this worthy cause, stop by one of our locations
or please bring your donation to the chapter house.

Essay Competition

To recognize the sacrifices veterans have made for our country, the law firm of David Resnick & Associates is awarding cash grants to men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces.

“On Your Side, Fighting For You.

That’s the motto at David Resnick & Associates. It also applies to veterans. While our firm fights for injured victims in the courtroom and at the negotiating table, veterans were on our country’s side, fighting to protect all of us. We believe it’s time to honor deserving vets.

David Resnick & Associates is holding an essay competition that will determine the winners of $4,000 in total cash awards. Check out the details below to find out more about the competition and how to enter. 

Who can enter?

  • Anyone can nominate a deserving veteran for a cash grant, but the nominee must be a veteran of the U.S. military.
  • Veterans may nominate themselves.

How do I submit my entry?

What are the essay requirements?
  • To nominate a veteran, the entrant must write an essay that explains why the veteran deserves a cash grant.
  • The essay should be at least 600 words long.
  • It must provide details about the veteran’s service (dates of service, branch of the military, highlights of the veteran’s service, etc.).
  • The essay must also provide details about how the writer knows the veteran.
How much money will be awarded?
  • The firm will award a total of $4,000 in cash grants.
  • The money will be split among 3 winners.
  • Who will receive $2500, $1000, or $500, respectively.

What’s the deadline for submissions?

  • Nominations must be received by no later than 11:59PM on July 1, 2017.

How will winners be chosen?

  • The essays and applications will be judged by a panel that includes representatives of veterans organizations and members of the firm.

When will winners be notified?

  • The firm will announce the winners of the competition on July 15, 2017.
VA NEWS
VCP Phone Line Imposter

It has come to the attention of the Department of Veterans Affairs that a phone line has been set up by an unknown party to fraudulently "mimic" the VCP phone line.  This imposter phone line may be intended to reach Veterans who inadvertently dial the VCP number incorrectly.

The VA takes this seriously and want to keep Veterans informed of the steps VA is taking.  Also, Inspector General for a possible civil or criminal investigation.

"Mimic" Phone Line

The phone line established to "mimic" the VCP phone line is 1- 800-606-8198.  You know you have reached the wrong VCP phone line when:
  • The phone line offers callers a $100 rebate if the caller provides a credit card.
  • The phone line does not state the caller has reached U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or the VCP phone line.

Be aware that this phone number incorrectly confirms callers had reach the VCP if the caller asks that question.

VCP Phone Line

The correct VCP phone line is 1-866-606-8198.  This line is for Veterans to check their eligibility for the VCP and ask questions about the program.

If you are unsure if you have reached the correct phone line, hang up and dial 1-866-606-8198 again.  The phone line will state the caller has reached the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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

Unit 8 Meeting:  Saturday    
       May 13, 2017 @ 10:00am
Location :
655 N. Gilbert Road, Mesa, AZ 85203
  
Unit 8 strives to be active in:
Americanism 
Community Service 
hospital visitations
Legislation
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. 
We look forward to seeing you at the meetings.
Volunteers Needed
  • Golden Corral Both Locations
  • S.E. Clinic Popcorn Project
  • Donating to the Women Veterans
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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.