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
April 2017
First Edition Vol 6
Chapter 8 General Meeting:
April 20, 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:
April 29, 2017 9:00am - 12:00 noon
May 27, 2017 9:00am - 12:00 noon


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. This month is also our nomination and election of officer's. I encourage you to join us at this month's meeting to cast your vote for your newly elected officers. This is the last chance to nominate your candidate for the election. Nominations began at the last month's meeting. If you plan to be there, make sure you have your DAV membership card with you for verification; if you have not yet received your membership card please have a valid ID; we will have the current membership roster available for verification. Without it, you WILL NOT be able to vote.

   I have decided not to run for a fourth term as your Commander. This decision was not an easy one; however, I think it is time for me to step aside and move on to higher office. Although, this has been an extraordinary experience for me and to have your confidence for the past three years.  I have decided to remain your DAV Dept Senior Vice Commander and continue on with DAV Dept of Arizona and look for your support at the DAV State Convention in June in Tucson.

     I am confident my successor will do you proud and have your vote of confidence. Last month's nominee for the Commander is Carey Slade, our current adjutant. She is more than qualified to 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 endorse her with confidence as your next Chapter 8 Commander.

   "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same." Ronald Reagan

Thank you and God bless America!

Marvin Haines Jr.



It has been a busy month for March, I would like to thank everyone for their support in all of our outreaches, Golden Corral for the Camp Corral fundraiser and our Rifle Raffle volunteers, all of you folks rock!!

I am looking forward to continuing on with the chapter, hopefully as your Commander which would be an honor for me to continue with all of your support.  I have been volunteering here at the chapter since July of 2014.  I have learned so much since first starting here, and getting to know everyone has been a awesome experience for me.  This is my 2nd year of getting my certification as a Service Officer, I have also served on finance and entertainment committee's until I was asked if I would be willing to fill the Adjutant position which I have been filling for over 2 years now.  I also serve as the Northern District Adjutant and DAV Dept of AZ Women Veterans Outreach Coordinator.  I feel I have the knowledge of how our organization works and what our mission is about; which is fulfilling the promises made to our veterans.  If elected as your next Commander I promise to keep our chapter moving forward and ensuring we keep helping fulfill the promises made to all of our veterans of all eras.

Remember this month's meeting is final nominations and the election, the meeting is Thursday April 20, 2017 at 1830 hrs (6:30pm).  Come early for a hot meal before the meeting at 1730 hrs (5:30pm).

The Auxiliary Unit 8 & their spouses; DAV members spouses are welcome at our meetings!  Come join us!

Peace love & light
Carey Slade

My motto in life is "It's all good"!
Aft Watch
As a Navy Chaplain, back in the 1980’s, I liked getting all around the ship I served, U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69). I liked to talk with sailors at their various work stations, to see what they did, and to make a simple connection with them.  

     I didn’t quite get to every work station on that ship, but I tried.  It’s a large ship, over a thousand feet long, with something like the equivalent of 25 levels from the top of the mast to the keel.  And there are five thousand souls aboard, about half assigned to the air wing and half assigned to the ship.

     I remember going to the signal bridge far above, and then going way down below to fuels control. I entered the power plants. I went to the air wing squadron ready rooms and to ship’s admin.   I visited the safety office, CIC, the hanger bays, and damage control.  And I visited Aft Watch.

     On that ship, there are actually two Aft Watch positions at the stern, one port and the other starboard.  At each position, while underway, there sits a sailor assigned to watch for possible external threats or for people who have fallen overboard.  If he or she looks out and sees or hears anything significant, a headset is used to give immediate reports to other watch-standers on the navigation bridge, so that appropriate actions may be taken.

     Imagine the responsibility!  Five thousand lives are at stake.  The eyes and ears of those young sailors can and do save many lives. But not all.

     Once, while I was aboard, a sailor was tragically swept overboard from a huge sea swell which had cut through the lowered aircraft elevator on which he was standing.  A wall of water suddenly washed over him, and he was swept overboard. Aft Watch sounded the alarm. Others, too, saw what happened and reported it. In spite of aggressive, valiant attempts to recover him, in the end, he was lost at sea.

Aft Watch on Navy ships serves to remind me that every life matters.  You and I are so highly valued and loved.  Your Creator made you and loves you with an undying love.  How precious your life is.  The Bible says that God does not anyone to perish (1 Peter 3:9)Psalm 91:11 speaks of angels sent to guard us, to keep watch over us. For as many days God gives us, Someone is always watching and hearing.  Someone is always listening when we pray.  Veterans also have each other, including a crisis phone number to call anytime.  That number is 800-273-8255. 

     Every life matters. Your life matters.  I am grateful for you.

Your Chaplain,
Paul Soderquist
April 22nd & 23rd, 2017
The Maricopa Fairground
Phoenix, AZ

Volunteers needed!
Contact: Chuck Berryhill Fundraising Coordinator for more info.
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.


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

Power & McKellips location in Mesa; *Tues Classic Car Shows, Fri, Sat & Sun's

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


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.

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

Unit 8 Meeting:  Saturday    
       April 8, 2017 @ 10:00am
Location :
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. 
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
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.