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
January - March 2019
Quarterly Edition Vol IX
Chapter 8 General Meeting
Jan 10, Feb 14, & March 14, 2019
(March General Meeting is Nomination for Officers)
@ 1830hrs (6:30pm)

Hot dinner @ 1730hrs (5:30pm)

Constitution & Bylaws Seminar
@ 1630hrs (4:30pm)

Location:  2024 E University Dr. Mesa AZ 85203 (North East Corner of Gilbert Rd & University Dr.
Chapter Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 9:00am - 2:00pm
(Closed on Holidays)

Chapter Service Officers available:
(No Appointment Needed)
Monday - Friday 9:00am - 2:00pm

One Saturday each month:
(Except holidays)
Jan 26, 2019 / 9:00am - 12:00 noon
Feb 23, 2019 / 9:00am - 12:00 noon
March 30, 2019 / 9:00am - 12:00 noon

Welcome to 2019!!

As I reflect on the how our chapter has grown, not only with new members and transfers, but with more members stepping up to volunteer. Whether out at the VA S.E. Clinic helping with the popcorn project, becoming a Chapter Service Officer (CSO), helping with the various fundraisers/outreaches, and volunteering to be on various committee's to help keep the chapter moving forward. Without you, the chapter member stepping up, we would not be where we are today! I would like to thank each and everyone of you for your time and selflessness in fulling our mission statement of " Empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity and ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them"! I look forward to see what this year will bring! I would like to wish everyone a blessed and happy new year.

Remember DAV Dept. of Arizona Midterms and CSO training will be held January 17 - 19, 2019 at DAV Chapter 20 in Glendale, AZ (see below for all the information)

DAV Dept of Arizona Newsletter can be found here.

If any member has any thing they would like to post in our newsletter or need to get out to the membership; please don't hesitate to contact us at the office.

Peace love & light
Carey Slade

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

As the new year is upon us, let us take time to reflect on the Chapter’s successes in 2018. Our major fundraising events—Spring Fling and Veterans Day golf tournament—were resounding successes. The Rifle Raffle brought in nearly $10K, despite having opportunities suspended for two months in the fall. We made new partnerships with local area groups that increased our visibility and donations to the Chapter. We instituted a seminar program on the Constitution and Bylaws. We accomplished our Chapter’s annual membership targets from National by the end of the first six months of fiscal year 2018-2019.

Perhaps the biggest success of 2018 was the continued building of our service program. By the end of 2018, the Chapter was serving over 300 veterans and their families every month! This is the heart of why we are here. And 2019 may even be better, as we are projected to have 22 Chapter Service Officers trained and certified after the January annual certification session, providing the capacity to serve even more veterans and families! THANK YOU to those who participated and supported these efforts!

We still have challenges ahead for 2019. We need to continue the healing of the Chapter from the discord caused by a few members and shift the focus to moving forward as a unified Chapter. While we have around 2,800 members in the Chapter, we need to bring more of those members into active roles—being volunteers in our fundraisers, around the Chapter House, in our committees, and attending our monthly meetings. We need to support the growth of our Auxiliary and continue to enhance our mutual support. Good ideas on how to move ahead are great—but we need the people to be able to accomplish them if we are to have continued success. See me if you are interested in serving—I am sure we have a place for you!

Semper Fortis,

Dr. Carl Forkner

Greetings Comrade!

White Haven to the White House

I write to you after visiting White Haven, the historic estate of our 18th President, Ulysses S. Grant. It is situated outside St. Louis on beautiful forested land, now a National Historic Site.

As my wife Gail and I today walked through the 200 year old estate's main home, the floorboards slightly creaked beneath us. Wavy leaded-glass windows streamed in the welcome warmth and light of the sun as our uniformed park guide, Nick, told his stories. 

White Haven originally was the childhood home of Julia Dent. It is where Ulysses met and courted his future wife, and where they raised their young family.

While the estate is called White Haven, the exterior color of the home changed over time to a dark Paris green. The archive still holds the receipt for the paint, made out to U.S. Grant. The main house today, as before, is surrounded by a handsome white wooden fence. 

Over his 63 year lifetime, Grant tried his hand at numerous things. He was unsuccessful at farming and real estate, as it turns out. Near poverty, pressed down by bad farming weather, enduing a national economic recession, Grant even sold fire logs in the street corners of St. Louis to bring in income. 

But he excelled in the Army, serving in two separate periods. He rose in rank and was chosen by our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, to serve as Commanding General of the Union Army during the War between the States.

With the ink of the Emancipation Proclamation barely dry, General Grant shared President Lincoln's vision for racial integration and equality, and took steps to lead in that direction. Grant's uniformed forces consisted of both white soldiers and freed slaves. 

The war took many twists and turns, but his union forces were ultimately successful, leading to an unconditional confederate surrender by General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox.

Back at White Haven, the Dent family owned slaves, slaves who didn't want to wait for war's end to find their freedom. All thirty of them ran away.

Grant's memoirs begin, "Man proposes, but God disposes." Consider that God has a say in your life's direction. 

Life takes twists and turns. So does health. Grant suffered from the unwelcome malady of malaria for much of his adult life. He ultimately contracted throat cancer, which took his life. 

As far as high office goes, Grant had little political ambition. He wrote, "I did not want the Presidency ... but it could not be helped." He won the race for the White House twice, and some urged him to run for an unprecedented third term, but he had had enough. He retired.

Our tour of White Haven has led me to wonder: what will each of us propose for our lives in the coming year, and what will God dispose and ordain? What are the possible twists and turns for which each of us should be prepared. How can we be able leaders of, and advocates for our families, our chapters, our communities, our nation and our world? How do we best prepare for 2019? How should we pray and proceed?

May you have divine guidance for the twists and turns ahead.

Faithfully yours,
Chaplain Paul Soderquist
Rifle Raffle Fundraiser
Current Rifle: Henry Big Boy .357 / .38special
Drawing to be held June 13, 2019 @ 6:30pm
Location: 2024 E University Dr. Mesa AZ 85203
*Note: Must be over 18 years old & able to pass a back ground check
**All Proceeds to benefit DAV East Valley Chapter 8
***Need not be present to win

Raffle tickets available at the
following locations.
655 N. Gilbert Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85203
During normal business hours.

1477 West Apache Trail
Apache Junction, Arizona 85120
Most weekends by
the front entrance.

Want to volunteer contact the chapter house.

DAV is once again joining with Camp Corral program to provide a unique and fun experience by sending our children of wounded, disabled or fallen military service members to a free, one-of-a-kind summer camp through Just B Kids Scholarship program.

We have two (2) Golden Corral locations in our area to help raise the funds needed to send our children to Camp Corral. We are in need of volunteers to man the tables until June 2019.

Mesa location: 1868 N Power Rd, Mesa, AZ 85205

Gilbert location: 1318 N Cooper Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85233

Please contact the chapter office
to sign up.
MIDTERM 2019 and January CSO Training
will be held at
DAV Chapter 20,
8447 N 61st Ave
Glendale, AZ 85302

  • CSO Training: Jan 17 & 18, 2019 starting @ 9am
  • Midterm 2019: Jan 19, 2019 starting @ 9am

A Block of Rooms has been reserved at the Candlewood Suites located at 11411 N Black Canyon Highway in Phoenix

  • VA announces moratorium on discharges and decreases from comprehensive caregiver program 12/21/2018, 10:00:00 AM EST
  • WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it will temporarily suspend discharges and decreases in level of support from its Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers because of continued concerns expressed by Veterans, caregivers and advocates about inconsistent application of eligibility requirements by VA medical centers. 

For all current VA Press Releases Click Here
Woman Veterans

DAV’s comprehensive new report on the
programs and services currently
available to women veterans,
as well as recommendations for shaping the
Department of Veterans Affairs’ culture
and system to better serve this population.

National Service Organizations for Women
There are a number of national service organizations specifically for women veterans.

Open to women who served honorably or are serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Current, former or retired women members of the Army who have served honorably on active duty in the Army of the United States (AUS), Regular Army (RA), Army National Guard (ANG) and the United States Army Reserve (USAR) the Army Nurse Corps (ANC), the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC), or the Women's Army Corps (WAC) in commissioned, warrant, non-commissioned or enlisted status for 90 days or more, after 14 May 1942.
Navy Nurse Corps Association is a non-profit, national organization dedicated to bringing Navy Nurses together. Membership is open to women who were or are currently serving as a Navy Nurse. Any Navy Nurse Corps Officer, whether Active Duty, Reserves, Retired, or Honorably Discharged, may join the NNCA.
WAVES National is a Sea Service women's organization for women who have served or are currently serving in one of the sea services; U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard or Reserves.
Originally established in 1977 as the Retired Army Nurse Corps Association, ANCA is a voluntary organization of, by, and for United States Army Nurse Corps officers. Membership is open to members of the US Army Nurse Corps who are currently serving or formerly served on active duty or in active service in a reserve component, or have retired from active or reserve component service.
East Valley Unit 8
655 N. Gilbert Rd Mesa AZ 85203
Ph: 480-890-2424

Unit 8 Meeting: Oct
Location: East Valley Chapter 8
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
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.