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
February 2017
First Edition Vol 4
Chapter 8 General Meeting:
February 9, 2017 @ 1830hrs (6:30pm)
Hot dinner served at 1730hrs (5:30pm)

Location:  2024 E University Dr. Mesa AZ 85203
N. E. Corner of Gilbert Rd & University Dr.

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 9:00am - 2:00pm
Service Officers available:
(No Appointment Needed)
Monday - Friday 9:00am - 2:00pm
1 Saturday a month:
February 25, 2017 9:00am - 12:00 noon
March 25, 2017 9:00am - 12:00 noon


Hello {First Name},

      I hope all is well and you are in good health. In the past month, we have been steadily busy. First off, I sent 14 members to our annual Chapter Service Officer training in Glendale, Chapter 20 followed by our mid-term conference. Our steadfast service officers are diligent in helping our growing veteran population with disability claims, financial assistance and much more. Furthermore, we have also established an outreach program to Boeing, Red Mountain senior center and currently working toward extending our services at Mesa Community College, and others.  

     Secondly, we attended three gun shows in support of our gun raffles which are successful in our fundraising events. Consequently, having fundraising events not only does bring funds into this chapter but getting out into our communities to seen and heard.

     Next, I am seeking to increase our membership by 400+. Currently, we have more than 2,600 members in our roles. I am looking to increase this number by 400+ for a total of 3,000+ member by the end of our fiscal year (June 30, 2017). I am looking for a few good members to help in our recruiting campaign. Henceforth, all members are recruiters. Together, we can make a difference.

      In the coming months, we will continue to work together as more events become known. We always need more volunteers to help. If you have any time to spare, this chapter asks for your help. At the same token, on behalf of this chapter, I thank you for your services and sacrifices to this great Nation and for all that you do. God Bless America.  

Thank you and God bless America!

Marvin Haines Jr.



Wow, where did January go to?  We have defiantly been busy at the chapter house, between Service Officer training, attending Midterm at Chapter 20 in Glendale; get our storage unit's cleaned out and organized (if you know a veteran in need of a wheel chair please let us know).  Kicking off our fundraising at Golden Corral for Camp Corral, to our Rifle Raffle Project which our volunteers attended 3 gun shows in January; to our volunteers at the VA S.E. Clinic keeping our Popcorn Project rocking!  We held our quarterly outreach at Boeing in Mesa, where we had a great turn out and was able to reach out and help our fellow veteran population there and look forward to our next outreach there next quarter. We are in the works of possibly setting quarterly outreaches at the Boeing location in Chandler; we will keep you posted.  Needless to say it has been a busy month!

February is shaping up to be a busy month also; between our outreaches and upcoming events to keep us moving forward in a positive way to let our fellow veterans know we are here for them.  I look forward to all of you joining us in these endeavors.
Remember this month's meeting  is on Thursday Feb 9, 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"!


     Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) said, "You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along'."

     On February 3rd, 1943, the troop ship SS Dorchester was underway in the North Atlantic with nine hundred souls aboard. Among them were four Army chaplains: Lt. George Fox, Methodist; Lt. Clark Poling, Reformed Church; Lt. John Washington, Roman Catholic; and Lt. Alexander Goode, Jewish.

    Around 0055 hours, off Newfoundland, sonar detected enemy submarine activity in the area. The German submarine U-223 torpedoed her with deadly force. In the explosion, the Dorchester's electrical system failed, immediately putting the troops in the dark. The ship began to sink. Many men were trapped below. 

     In the chaos, the four chaplains calmed, organized and guided the men topside into lifeboats. Where a man was without a life vest, the chaplain gave his away. 

    Some of the 230 survivors witnessed the four chaplains at last praying together on deck, arm in arm, as the ship slipped beneath the frigid 34F degree water. They even heard the priest praying in Latin, and the rabbi praying in Hebrew.

     Today, in Philadelphia, stands the Chapel of the Four Chaplains, a monument to the courage, unity and sacrifice they exhibited in the face of death.

    You don't need to be a chaplain to have courage. And courage doesn't belong to only one faith tradition. Courage resides in every one of us. Sometimes, not often, it will need to be summoned while facing injury or death.  Other times, it will be summoned under less duress. But we all have it for the facing of life's challenges, whatever they are. Health. Family. Jobs. Relationships. The unknown.

     Look bravely within, and look up with divine faith. Link arms with a brother or sister veteran. Find your courage today.

Navy Hymn
(words by William Whiting, 1860): 

"Eternal Father, strong to save, 
whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
who bidd'st the mighty ocean deep,
its own appointed limits keep,
Oh hear us when we cry to thee,
for those in peril on the sea! "

Linking arms with you in courage,
Your chaplain,
Paul Soderquist
February  25 & 26, 2017
Arizona State Fairgrounds
1826 W McDowell Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85007

We are at the Mesa Swap Meet for Rifle Raffle
Fundraising & Outreach
on weekends when there are no Gun Shows!
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.

The Untold Story of Ira Hayes, Saturday,
February 11, @ 10:30 am
Basha Library, 5990 S. Val Vista Drive, Chandler AZ

Ira Hamilton Hayes was a Pima (Akimel O’Odham) Native American and an
elite United States Marine who was one of the six servicemen immortalized
in the iconic photograph of the Iwo Jima flag raising during World War II.
Learn about his untold story, and how his experience brought him national
fame, but also led to tragedy.  This program will be presented by retired
Major Urban Giff, a member of the Ira Hayes American Legion Post 84.
Classic Car Show
Monday, February 13, 2017


Valle del Oro RV Resort
1452 S. Ellsworth Rd, Mesa AZ

No Entry Fee-Sponsored by:
VDO Car Club

Hot Dog & Chips - $3.00
Free Water w/Car Club Badge/No alcohol in parking lot per City of Mesa ordinance.
 2017 Mid-Winter Conference

February 26 – March 1, 2017

Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA  22202
Telephone: 1.703.920.3230
Toll free:  1.800.228.9290

Mention group name:  “DAV Midwinter Conference”
$195 Single/Double
Reserve Online

DAV has been making historic strides in protecting the rights and needs of our Veterans for close to 100 years. From the creation of the forerunner to the Department of Veteran’s Affairs in the 1920s, to caring for the returning heroes from Afghanistan and Iraq, DAV has responded time and time again to the changing needs of veterans by ensuring that their voices are heard by our Congress. We invite all DAV members to join us in the spirit of service and fellowship at this year’s Mid-Winter Conference in Arlington.

Tentative Agenda

Scooter Rental

Talking Points Preview

Chapter 8 Awards
  Volunteer for the month of December 2016
Debbie A. Roberts

Thank you for a job well done!!
East Valley Unit 8
655 N. Gilbert Rd Mesa AZ 85203
Ph: 480-890-2424

Unit 8 Meeting:  Saturday    
       February 11, 2017 @ 10:00am
Location :
             655 N. Gilbert Road, Mesa, AZ 85203
Hello {First Name},

The DAV Auxiliary has been growing already this year and active as well. 
We have several members working the Stand Down on the 10t h and have had members visiting veterans in nursing homes.  We are hoping to make that a regular project this year.  We have a list of nursing homes that have disabled veterans residing in them here in Mesa and surrounding areas.  We do need more volunteers to do this project justice.  We are also collecting greeting cards, old and new, for one of our members who makes cards to send to veterans overseas.  It’s a worthy cause and we appreciate all that is being done.  If you have any card laying around you may drop them off at the DAV Chapter house and in our auxiliary room across from the front desk.    

If you have anything to contribute to Stand Down please bring items by the front office.  Last year we did purses with small items that homeless women veterans would find helpful.  If you have any purse you would like to fill and donate it would be appreciated. 

If you have any questions regarding this please call me, Kay Dingman, at 480-898-9123.   

Our next monthly meeting will be Saturday February 11th 10:00 a.m. at the Chapter House.  We would love to see as many of you there as possible. 

Take care and carry on.
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
  • Stand Down
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.