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
First Edition Vol I
Chapter 8 General Meeting:
Nov 10, 2016 @ 1830hrs (6:30pm)
Hot dinner served at 1730hrs (5:30pm)
Grace Methodist Church
2024 E University Dr. Mesa AZ 85203
(North East Corner of University & Gilbert Rd.)
Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 9:00am - 2:00pm
Service Officers available:
(No Appointment Needed)
Monday - Friday 9:00am - 2:00pm
1 Saturday a month:
November 19th 9:00am - 12:00 noon
December 17th 9:00am - 12:00 noon
  First and foremost, thank you for
your service to our country.

Allow me to be the first to welcome you to our first ever newsletter. I am confident you will find this to be informative and educational. The information provided is additional and more informative to our website which has launched nearly two years ago. Please feel free to contact us if you have information that is beneficial to all members.  

      Allow me to introduce myself, Marine Marvin W Haines Jr, Commander of this chapter. I served in the Marine Corps for 20 years. I enlisted in July 1980 completed boot camp at MCRD San Diego, CA Oct 1980. Upon completion, I was reassigned to 5th Marine Regt Camp Pendleton, CA as a radio operator where then later completed radio operators' course in April 1981. I deployed to MCB Camp Butler, Okinawa, Japan in Sept 1981. For the next two years, I worked as a MARS (Military Affiliate Radio Systems) station as a ham radio operator. September 1983, I was reassigned once again to Camp Pendleton, CA for duty with 1st Marine Regt. In 1984. I reenlisted for three years and assigned to MCAS Yuma, AZ where I spent the next three years. During my assignment, in Yuma, I attended NCO Academy was instrumental in the ongoing operations of my command. I reenlisted in June 1987 and by the end of the year was reassigned to MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI. I served the next 3 ½ years assigned to an artillery regiment with several roles. During my tenure, I was shipped to the Middle East in direct support combat operation during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm Aug 1990 thru April 1991. Upon my return from the Middle East, I reenlisted yet again for four years. Shortly after I reenlisted, reassigned to Okinawa, Japan for one year followed by reassignment to Camp Pendleton, CA for the next eight years until my retirement July 2000. During my tenure, I served in several roles including, Communication Officer billet, deployed on six month Westpac float seeing many countries, and Career Planner for the last four years.  
     Upon my retirement, I worked in the telecom industry as a contractor. After 2 ½ years, I worked for Swift Trucking Company, driving cross-country for seven months until I was hired by the U.S. Postal Service as a city letter carrier. I had since retired from the USPS in February 2013.  

     I have been volunteering with DAV for more than 6 years, I started as a regular member by appointment on the title of Adjutant for more than one year. I was elected to my current position. We strive with pride in keeping with the highest traditions of the principles for which this organization stands: comradeship; friendship; loyalty to principle and our comrades and devotion to our cause.  

     This chapter engages in many events and fundraisers throughout the east valley that include Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Apache Junction and more. We always need volunteers to fulfill obligations within our community. After all, this cannot be accomplished without volunteerism in raising funds to support our veterans and families of veterans in need. Furthermore, this organization is an all-volunteer force.  
     On this Veterans Day, November 11, 2016, let’s remember all our veteran’s past, present and future. Veterans Day is not just a day to have parties, bar-b-ques and a day off rather remember what this day stands for. On this day, let us be mindful of the men and women who have served and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Henceforth, take a moment of silence to honor our veterans and their families who have made sacrifices.

Thank you and God bless America!

Marvin Haines Jr.

Welcome to our 1st Monthly  New's Letter!
     This has been a  long time coming, with a lot of hard work going into making this a reality. I would like to thank all of those that have help make this a possibility with their input and support!

     First off I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to those that I have not had to pleasure to meet; my name is Carey Slade, I was born and raised in the White Mountains of Arizona in a little town called Eagar for the majority of my young life; I graduated high school in 1981 from Scottsdale High.  I enlisted in the US Navy Sea Bee's January 1985 and was medically discharged in November of 1989 were I had achieved the rank of Builder 2nd Class (E-5). I did boot camp in Orlando FL, then on to my Builder "A" School training in Gulf Port MS where I graduated with honor's and was 3rd in my class. My first duty station was NAF Atsugi Japan for 3 yrs in the Public Works for the base, where we did building projects, up keep on the on base housing, and the flight line for support of the Midway Flight Squadrons. I also help setup the data base for base vehicle maintenance system on a Honeywell computer system. I was then transferred to Public Works at Point Loma Submarine base in San Diego, CA, where I was on the Auxiliary Security force doing 40 hours of training a month along with building projects on the base.

     I started volunteering at DAV East Valley Chapter 8 in July 2014 answering the phone at the front desk, (at that time I could only handle coming in around 2 to 4 hours, a couple of days a week due to my health challenges as I like to call them). Since first starting to volunteer, I have been amazed with all of our Volunteers; from those that keep the chapter running; helping at the S.E. Clinic Popcorn project; events throughout the East Valley, to the Rifle Raffle fundraising events and many more to help keep us focused on reaching out to our fellow veterans and letting the community's know, who we are and what we do.  I would like to personally thank my family and all who help makes my job easier with their support.

     As we continue moving forward please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions, input, or suggestions to help make our newsletter better or upcoming events/news that are going on in your area that you would like to share.  I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Peace love & light

Carey Slade

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

"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for His steadfast love endures forever."  Psalm 136, verse 1

Thanksgiving is upon us.  We are fortunate to live in a nation which holds gratitude as a central value for all her citizens.  Life can be hard, and sacrifices can be many, but at the end of the day, we can count our blessings.  God exists.  God is good and loving. And goodness can be found all around.

In 1984, I was assigned to USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69), one of our nuclear-powered aircraft carriers home-ported out of Norfolk.  The ship went immediately to sea with 5,500 souls aboard, and I was fortunate enough to work with a very wise senior Chaplain who showed me the ropes.  

Chaplain House was a "good old boy" from Georgia,  a southern Baptist with a host of Vietnam-service ribbons on his uniform, and plenty of good stories to share. He had been asked to do a few difficult things for his country, which is always a learning experience.  Medically, he had even survived brain cancer, a most challenging diagnosis. 

He could have been a negative, contrary person, concentrating only on his woes and dragging down everyone around him.  But no.  He was a positive presence every day, and he liked to say to me, "You always have something to be thankful for."  

We all have difficulties and challenges along the way. Sometimes it may seem like we have non-stop hardships.  Most of us know friends who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their country.  But this Thanksgiving season, please join with me in giving thanks for our many blessings to be found in the people around us, in the privilege we have of living here in these United States, in the love and appreciation of our brother and sister veterans, and in the goodness and love of God in our lives. Give thanks for those who still serve on active, reserve and guard duty, and pray for one another.  

I appreciate you, I thank God for you, and I remember you in my prayers.

Your Chaplain
Paul Soderquist

Now thru Nov 14, 2016 :

Once again,  it's that time of year when we partner with Golden Corral to raise funds for our Veterans, and to reach out to our fellow Veteran's and our  Community's .

Volunteers needed @
both locations!  

Gilbert Location:
1318 N. Cooper Rd, Gilbert AZ 85233

Mesa Location:
1868 N. Power Rd. Mesa, AZ 85205

Mon thru Fri 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Sat and Sun 12:00pm to 8:00pm
(Sat & Sun are two 4 hour shifts).

** Free meal  is included **
** Spouses are welcome**

*Note: On Nov 14,  2016
we need to be setup by:
2:30pm at both locations.

Earnhardt Chevy Stampede
( formally Thorobred Thunder )
          Saturday Nov 5th 2016
17th Annual
All  Chevy and Chevy
Powered Car Show

Event Host - Corvette Club of Arizona
Event Location - Earnhardt Chevrolet , 2121 N Arizona Ave., Chandler, AZ
Contact Name - Garry 480-363-2838
Event Hours - 9am-2pm
Entry Fee - $30 pre-register, $35 day-of-show

Earnhardt Chevy Stampeded ( formally Thorobred Thunder) is the hosted by the Corvette Club of Arizona (CCA) and now sponsored by Earnhardt Chevrolet . At least $10 of each registration will go to Packages From Home, a not-for-profit organization that provides food, personal care, and recreational items to deployed American troops.
For more info click here
East Valley Veterans Parade
Nov 11, 2016 @ 11:00am

Please join us on Friday Nov 11, 2016 at 11 a.m. in Mesa, AZ, to view more than 100 parade entries including military vehicles, the Fallen Soldier Memorial, WWII tanks, Junior ROTC groups, and military support groups.

The parade starts at University Drive and Center Street in Downtown Mesa.

  The Parade begins at 11am sharp, with flyovers by historic military aircraft!

The Parade also features high school marching bands, East Valley dignitaries, scout troops, equestrian groups and much more! 
For more info click here
Nov 11, 2016
to House Homeless Veterans!
to follow the
East Valley Veterans Parade
12 noon - 3pm

The City of Mesa is proud to present the 2nd annual “Benefit Concert to House Mesa’s Homeless Veterans” Wednesday, Nov. 11 directly after the East Valley Veterans Day Parade in downtown Mesa. The concert will be held from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at the Mesa Arts Center Alliance Pavilion Stage, 1 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ
(Poster info click here)

Three local musicians have graciously donated their
time to perform:

Voluntary donations will be accepted, and 100% of the donations collected will go directly to benefit "Housing Our Heroes," an ongoing partnership with the City of Mesa, VA, and other local and regional agencies, to help our Veterans find stable housing and the support services they need to successfully remain in their new home.

On line donations to the "Housing Our Heroes," program can be made here
Nov 5 & 6, 2016
Pima County Fairgrounds
11300 S Houghton Rd
Tucson, AZ 85747

Nov 19 & 20, 2016
Centennial Hall
263 N Center St
Mesa, AZ 85201

Dec 3 & 4, 2016
Arizona State Fairgrounds
1826 W McDowell Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Starting in November we will be setting up on weekends at the Mesa Swap Meet for Rifle Raffle Fundraising and Outreach!

Volunteers needed!

Contact: Chuck Berryhill Fundraising Coordinator for more info.
         Saturday, November 5th      10am – 5pm

East Valley Veterans
Appreciation Day

For All Veterans, Veteran Families and Friends!

2pm • Honor Guard & National Anthem Ceremony

– Free Admission –
– Free Batting in the cages –
– Free Hot Dogs and Drinks –

Home Run Stadium – Mesa, Arizona Sponsored by the Veteran Warriors Riding Group

☆ Participating Organizations ☆

DAV East Valley Chapter 8
American Legion (East Valley Posts)
VFW (East Valley Posts)

Location: 1829 E. Main Street
Mesa, AZ 85203
(480) 844-0489

Chandler hosts inaugural Safety and Veterans Expo
Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Chandler, Ariz. – Mark your calendar for the upcoming inaugural Safety and Veterans Expo (S.A.V.E.)  h osted by Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, the Chandler Police Department, Chandler Fire, Health and Medical, and the City’s Cultural Affairs Division.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Chandler City Hall, 175 S. Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ.    

The S.A.V.E. Expo is a free event for the entire family and the Veterans community.

Attendees can learn about personal and property safety, fire and crime prevention methods, how to obtain a city building permit and sign up for services and programs provided by City of Chandler departments.

Veterans will be able to receive claims assistance from the Veterans Health Administration and get information from other veterans’ service organizations.

Attendees also are encouraged to bring any documents they want shredded onsite as well as electronics they would like to have safely disposed.

Free event parking is available in the City Hall garage located on Washington Street, between Frye Road and Chicago Street.
For more info click here
SDB's 9th Annual Golf Classic is Coming! The 9th Annual SDB Golf Classic benefiting the Disabled American Veterans of Arizona is rapidly approaching. This year the event is once again being held at the  Arizona Biltmore Golf Club.
The day begins at 7 am with registration and a continental breakfast. The golf tournament begins promptly with an 8 am shotgun start. Click here to Pre-Register

All Are Invited To

DAV Dept of Arizona
Christmas Party

Dec 3, 2016 @ 1pm
DAV Chapter 22
1510 N 79th st.
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
Phoenix VA to open two new Community Based
Outpatient Clinics in January 2017

The Midtown VA Outpatient Care Clinic, located in the heart of Phoenix, is less than 2 miles from the Phoenix VA's Main Campus.  Most Primary Care services (16 PACT Teams with ancillary staff) currently offered at our Main Campus is being transferred to the new Midtown VA Clinic.  In addition, the Midtown Clinic will provide some Mental Health services (through Primary Care/Mental Health Integration) as well being the location for our entire Post Traumatic Stress Disorder services (PTSD).   

Many Veterans who currently receive their Primary Care and PTSD services at Phoenix VA's Main Campus will soon go to the Midtown VA Clinic for these outpatient services.  The exact PACT Clinics moving will be shared soon with all staff.   

This location will have available parking and shuttle services for staff and Veterans to park and be shuttled to the main facility when needed.   

Location: 5040 N. 15th Ave, Phoenix AZ 85015 

The Southwest Community Based Outpatient Clinic (SWCBOC) is located in the Southwest quadrant of the larger Phoenix area, near Interstate 10 (I-10) and the Agua Fria Freeway (Loop 101) exchange. 

The SWCBOC will provide Primary Care (8 PACT Teams) and Mental Health services Location: 9250 W. Thomas Road, Suite 400, Phoenix, AZ 85037 

Both sites (Midtown and SWCBOC) will offer ancillary services of Social Work, Nutrition, Clinical Pharmacy Consultation and Lab draws. 

Letters to Veterans impacted by the opening of these clinics will be mailed out in the coming weeks.  A dedicated call center line, with dedicated staff, has been established and will be included in the letter to our Veterans.  That phone number is 602-277-5551, extension 3176.  

  A Veterans Story

I was recently diagnosed with mesothelioma, which is a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. From automotive to demolition work, I’ve had many jobs in my life that contributed to my exposure. On some jobs, the air was so thick with debris and asbestos you could taste it in your mouth.

Many other groups of people come in contact with a lot of asbestos and are also at risk. One such group are Veterans who were usually exposed aboard asbestos laden Navy ships. In fact, about 30% of mesothelioma victims are Veterans.

When I was diagnosed with mesothelioma I needed immediate medical attention. I found a few websites on the internet that are supposed to help people with my type of cancer but nobody got back to me.

Then I found Mesothelioma.net. Even though I contacted them on a Sunday one of their patient advocates gave me a call back within minutes. They gave me a great deal of helpful information on doctors and resources available to me.

As a result of their website I am now being treated at the National Cancer Institute and the patient advocates have even provided me with financial assistance so I could afford a place to live during my cancer treatments. If I had not reached out to this website I would likely be homeless and more importantly in hospice waiting to die. These people gave me my only chance at survival.

  Mesothelioma.net. The website is filled with information on mesothelioma treatments and doctors, asbestos trust funds for victims, and a lot more. They also sponsor The American Cancer Society, the MD Cancer Center, and the Make a Wish Foundation.
The Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) Program on the campuses of Arizona State University offers our veteran population an opportunity to return to school at no cost to them. 

Veterans Upward Bound is a federally funded program geared for veterans who have not completed an Undergraduate/BA Degree.  We offer free non-credit classes in English, Math, and Computers along with over 50 online courses to prepare our students for the college coursework and assist them in achieving their academic goals.  The program admits honorably discharged veterans that meet any one of the following classifications; low income, first generation to complete a degree, disabled, academic need, out of school for over 5 years. 

Contact Julia.gusse@asu.edu or call (480) 965-3944
to schedule an intake and assessment appointment. 
Visit https://eoss.asu.edu/trio/vub for more information.

ASU Tempe Main Campus

Monday & Wednesdays Mathematics from 9-11am

Tuesday & Thursdays English from 9-11am

Monday & Wednesdays Mathematics from 1-3pm

Tuesday & Thursdays English from 1-3pm

Monday & Wednesdays Mathematics from 5:45 – 7:45pm

Tuesday & Thursdays English from   5:45 – 7:45pm

Fridays Computer Literacy Class from Noon – 2pm

ASU Downtown Campus

Monday & Wednesdays English from 5:45 – 7:45 pm

Tuesday & Thursdays Mathematics from 5:45 – 7:45pm

Saturdays Computer Literacy Class from 9am – 11am 

ASU Polytech Campus

Tuesday & Thursdays Mathematics from 5:45 – 7:45pm 

ASU West Campus

Monday & Wednesdays Mathematics from 5:45 – 7:45pm
Volunteer of the Year FY-2016
Chuck Berryhill has countless hours of volunteering his time and efforts in support of our veterans. His can-do-attitude illustrates his analytical skills in support to our veterans. Throughout this fiscal year, he participated in more than 15 gun shows conducive to our gun raffle and various fund raising events that produce funds for our chapter. He has contributed hundreds of hours on his own accord and is well documented with his efforts. He is an  example of what it means to be a part of an all-volunteer organization. 
Thank you for a job well done.
Volunteer of the Month Sept 2016
Tom Rogers has been named volunteer of the month for his contributions to the operation of this chapter. Furthermore, he logged many hours of volunteerism with his endeavors in addition to his personal donations to the chapter. Tom devotes some of his time in helping other veterans with transportation to and from VA Medical center and SE VA Clinic and their home. He is instrumental with the successful operation of the chapter house. 
Thank you for a job well done.
East Valley Unit 8

DAV Auxiliary Unit 8
meets on the second Saturday of each month at 10:00 a.m.
DAV Chapter House, 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. 
Upcoming projects and events

For Thanksgiving we are planning on serving fully cooked dinners to several families. 

Our Christmas project is still in the planning stages but in the past we have adopted a family and supported them with either a monetary gift or actual Christmas gifts. 

The is still being decided and will be one of our main topics for the next two meetings (November and December).

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
  • East Valley Veterans Parade
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.