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04-22-1997V&RANS AFFAIRS ADVISORY BOARD CITY OF LAS CRUCES P.O. DRAWER CLC LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO 88004 Minutes of the 22 April 1997 meeting The board convened at 1300 in the Board Room of the library. Roll call was taken. Present were Chairman Joe Heintz, Vice Chairman Warren Rogers, DAV rep Fred Frank, Vietnam Vet rep Elsa Baker, AMVETS rep Noel Cooley, VFW rep Robert Wiley. This constituted a quorum. The minutes of the March meeting were accepted as written. Unfinished business: Repair or replacement of the large sign at the Veterans park has yet to be accomplished. This sing is badly in need of maintenance. The Real Estate Press proposal to publish a veterans newsletter was discussed. DAV 10 has furnished them copies of newsletters for the past year. VFW 10124 has voted not to participate in this newsletter. Elsa Baker reported on the status of veterans park Her report is enclosed. New business: Fred Frank read a letter he sent to the Las Cruces School District school principals. The gist is that WWII should be made a subject for May and VE Day should be commemorated. Copy enclosed. Elsa gave a brief description of several Email reports on status of veterans measures in congress. Copies were furnished Joe Heintz for the veterans service office bulletin boards. Meeting adjourned at 1340. Next meeting will be 27 May. Warren Rogers Acting Secretary Enc) a/s UNITED VETEiCOUNCIL OF DONA ANA CO, Y 25 MAR 1997 CHA LEELAND HOGUE 5263 -36 VICE CHAIR ARCHIE BASSHAM 522 -663' TREASURER JOE HEINTZ 523 1607 SECRETARY AMERICAN LEGION TED MARTINEZ JOHN J DEWEY AMVETS POST #5 NORMA LA FRANCE R. G. LA FRANCE NOEL COOLEY #10 526 9139 CDR 526 8223 527 -3470 CDR BATAAN VETS /EX -POWS .WARD RENSHAW SEC WELDON C HAMILTON MOWW WSMR CHAPTER ARCHIE BASSHAM PRES 522 6636 PEARL HARBOR SURVIVORS ASSN #2 523 8033 RESERVE OFFICERS ASSN CHAP 5 523 8033 ROBERT C LORY 525 -2596 526 1179 KIRK MCCARTER 522 4123 WALTER F BAKER PRES 525 3990 522 4122 THE RETIRED OFFICERS ASSN 524 2108 FRED J FRANK PRES 526 5770 HAROLD BOOZER 523 4356 CHAP 10 DISABLED AMERICAN VETS FRED J FRANK CDR 526 -5770 BOB FERGUSON 521 -3034 JOSEPH HEINTZ 523 -1607 CHAP 25 DISABLED AMERICAN VETS HERMAN GRAMLICH CDR 824 4873 WILLIAM A FLOCKHART 824 0909 CHAP 38 DISABLED AMERICAN VETS BILL SPARKS CDR 382 -7729 JAMES WALKER 526 8527 MARINE CORPS LEAGUE DET 478 JOSE ZAMORA CMDT 521 1623 CAROL GAINES 524 4203 MOWW MESILLA VALLEY CHAPTER FRED FRANK CDR 526 5770 WARREN ROGERS 522 0439 JAMES N POST 526 -9321 SOCIETY OF 40 & 8 WALT BAKER CHEF 525 -3990 ROY COVEY CORR 523 6530 -T + VIETNAM VETS CHAP 431 KEN DABY PRES 382 3822 FRED SCHNEIDER 523 2078 VFW POST 3242 527 0443 CLARENCE ARCHULETA %Mf� 527 0443 JUAN S NUNEZ COf 523 2490 VFW POST 10124 BILL STEILA BOB DEAL LEE HOUGE VFW 6917 RUPS LEARD CDR BILL TROTTER WAC VETS ASSN HELEN HAMPTON PRES CECILIA JIMENEZ NATL ASSN ATOMIC VETS TED GARCIA - PRES 526 5761 522 -3376 523 4686 526 -3650 382 9703 382 9703 526 -3660 526 5768 382 1899 G J TUMBLEWEED CHAPTER WAC VETERANS ASSOCIATION The WAC VETS ASSN is a organization to maintain the service friendships of former members, promote Americanism and patrio- tism, participate in veterans ceremonies and activities. Chapter meets monthly for a Saturday lunch. For further information contact Helen Hampton 526 5768, President. 602 Weinrich Rd, #19, Las Cruces, NM 88005. VETERANS AFFAIRS ADVISORY BOARD The Veterans Affairs Advisory Board (VAAB) is a board appointed by the Mayor of City of Las Cruces from members of the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, AMVETS, Vietnam Veterans of America and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The purpose of the board to to keep the Mayor and City Council apprised of the • concerns of the veterans in the city. Joseph Heintz is Chairman of the Board and Veterans Liaison Officer to the City. The board meets at 1:00 p. m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Bran - igan Memorial Library. For further information contact Joe Heintz 523 -1607, 1835 Stanton Ave, Las Cruces, NM 88001. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ATOMIC VETERANS The National Association of Atomic Veterans is formed to make know the sacrifices and hazards undergone by veterans-ex- posed to atomic radiation. For years this information was cloked in secrecy by the United States Government. Is has since been made public and the exposed veterans have formed an organization to assist atomic veterans and their families in obtaining medical treatments and benefits for conditions resulting such exposure. Theodore A. Garcia, 382 -1899, 4075 Windridge Circle, Las Cruces 88012 is the State Commander. SOCIETE des 40 HOMMES et 8 CHEVAUX The Societe des 40 Hommes et 8 Chevaux, Voiture Local No. 641 [Society of 40 men and 8 horses, Carriage local 641] is a branch of the American Legion which comemorates WWI veterans who were transported in boxcars which could carry 40 men or 8 horses. This is an honorary group which furthers the mission of the Amer- ican Legion. Commandant is Roy Covey, 2200 Holiday Ave, Las Cru- ces 88005. Phone 523 -6530. Warren Rogers UVC 522 -0439 U U DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS There are two DAV Chapters in Las Cruces, Mesilla Valley Chapter 10 and Chapter of the Three Crosses 38. Their purpose is to promote Americanism, assist the disabled veterans, to advance the interests and work for the betterment of all wounded and disabled veterans and to encourage in all people that spirit which of understanding which will guard against future wars. The DAV participates in all veterans ceremonies and activities, provides transportation to veterans having medical appointments at the VA hospital in Albuquerque or the VA Clinic in E1 Paso. Chapter 10 meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Ameri- can Legion Hall, Chapter 38 meets the 2d Thursday each month at 7:00 p.m. at the American Legion. For further information con- ' tact Warren Rogers, 522 -0439, Adjutant, Chap 10, PO Box 6275, Las Cruces, NM 88006 or Jim Walker 526 -8527, Adjutant, Chap 38. PO Box 903, Mesilla NM. 88046. EL PERRO DIABLO DETACHMENT MARINE CORPS LEAGUE The Marine Corps League promotes Marine Corps veterans rights and benefits, participates is veterans ceremonies and Americanism. For further information contact Jose Zamora 521 -1623, Commandant. Meets 7:30 p.m. 2d Thursday each month at Marine Corps Recruiting Station Office in the First National Bank Tower. PO Box 7322, Las Cruces, NM.88006. MILITARY ORDER OF THE WORLD WARS There are two chapters of the MOWW in Las Cruces, Mesilla Valley and White Sands. The purpose of the MOWW is promote Americanism and patriotism, further the maintenance of national defense, promote interest in the Reserve Officers Training Corps units in the local high schools and NMSU and participate in veterans cere- monies. For further information contact Fred Frank, 526 -5770, Commander, MV Chap. 1800 Altura Ave, Las Cruces, NM 88001, Mesilla Valley Chap meets 4th Thurs each month at 6:00 p.m. at - Las Cruces Country Club for a dinner meeting. White Sands Chapter President is Archie Bassham 1845 Fairway Circle; Las Cruces NM 88011. 522 -6636. PEARL HARBOR SURVIVORS ASSOCIATION, CHAPTER 2 The purpose of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association is to pro- vide a fraternal bond between Pearl Harbor survivors, promote Americanism and adequate defense of our nation and participate in veterans ceremonies. For further information contact L J RESERVE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION The purpose of the ROA is to further the interests of reserve officers, promote patriotism and Americanism, further the ROTC program and participate in veterans ceremonies and activities. For further information contact Walter Baker 525 -3990, President. Meets monthly at the NMSU ROTC building. PO Box 6250, Las Cruces, NM 88006. MESILLA VALLEY CHAPTER THE RETIRED OFFICERS ASSOCIATION The purpose of TROA is stimulate Americanism and patriotism, defend the honor and integrity of our nation, advocate adequate military forces for defense, foster fraternal relations among all branches of our armed forces and present the rights and interests of all active and retired military personnel and their dependents when service matters are being considered. The TROA participates in veterans ceremonies and activities and funds a scholarship program. For further information contact Fred Frank President, 526 5770. Chapter meets 3d Wednesday each month at 6:00 p.m. at various locations for dinner meetings. Mail address PO Box 743, Las Cruces, NM 88004. VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA CHAPTER 431 The purpose of the VVA is to further the interests of Vietnam veterans and their dependents, resolve the problems of the POW/ - MIA personnel, participate in veterans ceremonies and activities and promote resolving the problems of veterans suffering from the effects of Agent Orange or PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). For further information contact Ken Daby, 382 -3822, President. 3915 Crystal Court, Las Cruces 88012. Chapter meets 7:00 p.m. 3d Tuesday each month at the American Legion Hall. 1185 E. Madrid Ave. Mail address is PO Box 6836 Las Cruces, NM 88006. VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS There are three VFW Chapters in Las Cruces, 4242, 6917 and 10124. There is Chapter 3512 in Organ, NM. The purpose of the VFW is promote patriotism, Americanism, and adequate defense of the nation; to assist veterans in obtaining benefits and assistance. All VFW chapters participate in veterans ceremonies and activi- ties. They meet at their respective halls monthly. For further information contact the following commanders: VFW 3242 Juan Nunez, 527- 0443(post) 523- 2490(home); VFW 6917 Russ Leard 382 9703(post) 382- 5139(home) VFW 10124 Bill Steila, Commander, 526 - 5761(post) 522- 3376(home) and VFW 3512 David Clark 382 5344. Mail:VFW 3242 2001 N. Mesquite,88001; VFW 6917 7325 N. Main St,88012; VFW 10124 PO Box 249, 88004. VFW 3512 7111 Braham Rd 88012. VFW 4384, PO Box 1052 Anthony, Raul Ramos Commander, 822- 3280 is also a member of UVC. E UNITED VETERANS COUNCIL OF DOHA ANA COUNTY P 0 BOX 6201, LAS CRUCES, NM 88006 -6201 10 �f4 r 19:118 LAS CRUCES VETERANS ORGANIZATIONS UNITED VETERANS COUNCIL OF DOHA ANA COUNTY The UVC represents the combined voice of all the veterans organi- zation represented on the council in the common interest of safe- guarding veterans benefits and promoting Americanism for the common good of our Community, State and Nation. The UVC organiz- es the annual Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Pearl Harbor Day ceremonies for the City of Las Cruces and assists the city with the Fourth of July activities. Council meets 2d Tuesday bimonthly at 7:30 p.m. at one of the veterans organization's hall, usually the home post of the chairman. For further information contact chairman Leeland Houge 1024 Tammarack Dr, Las Cruces 88005, 526- 3650. AMERICAN LEGION POST 10 The American Legion promotes veterans rights and benefits, Amer- icanism, provides veterans assistance, sponsors a Boys Scout troop, baseball team, candidates for Boys and Girls State, ora- torical contests and participates in all veterans ceremonies. Chapter meets the 2d Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. and the Legion Hall, 1185 E Madrid Ave. For further information contact Ted Martinez 526 9139(Post) or 526- 8223(home) Commander. PO Box 7, Las Cruces, NM, 88004. AMVETS POST # 5 AMVETS promotes veterans rights and benefits, Americanism, as- sists veterans, participates in all patriotic ceremonies. For further information contact Norma La France 523 8033, Commander. 110 Ridgecrest, Las Cruces,NM 88005. No scheduled meetings. BATAAN VETERANS /EX -POWS Bataan Vets /Ex -POWS promotes veterans and ex -pows rights and benefits, assists veterans, participates in veterans ceremonies, and provides fraternal comradeship to those who shared the hard- ships of Bataan and POW confinement. For further information contact Ward Redshaw, 522 -4122. 1748 Pomona, Las Cruces, NM 88011. Meets last Thurs of month 6:30 p.m. Mesilla Valley Best Western. QU�T S0.1Q0 QgTg@o April 17, 1997 Mr. Joseph C. Heintz, Acting Secretary Veterans Affairs Advisory Board P.O. Drawer CLC Las Cruces, NM 88004 Dear Mr. Heintz: R] I am pleased to advise you that the City Council has endorsed the recommendation from the Veterans Affairs Advisory Board that the City authorize flying of the POW /MIA Flag at the new Veterans Memorial Park. There was not a consensus from the Council, however, to request that the local U.S. Postal Office location also raise and fly this flag. On behalf of the City Council, please accept our thanks for bringing this recommendation to our attention. It appears to me the Veterans Memorial Park will be an appropriate location at which to remind our residents of the sacrifices made during times of war. Sincerely, Jes s Nava City Manager di P.O. DRAWER CLC LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO 88004 (505) 526 -0000 AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER es Recvcied °apex 7 PI NW4.' VJ 9 e4K Oe 4Ae4 y goad 4 " coo"4, a, 9 a W *ac 4#e44 to 4 luua. / MESILLA VALLEY CHAPTER 10 • P.O. Box 6275 Las Cruces, New Mexico 88006 -6275 COMMANDER: Fred J. Frank ADJUTANT: Warren Roger SUBJECT: Recogniti6n.of causes of World War II and honoring VE Day TO: All principals in the Las Cruces School District As a citizen, a retired teacher from the Las - Cruces Schools and a World War II Veteran, I strongly believe that every American should be aware that World War II was a defensive war fought to keep our country free. To do this, we have to start with the students. Two major nations planned to divide the United States, with Japan gaining all the land west of the Mississippi and Germany, all the land to the east. This is why we fought, to keep us free! We fought to counteract this = threat to our very existance, which was planned as early as 1927 (and probably before) by Japan; so we went in to combat, leaving our wives, children and familiies for an un- certain future, which for me, lasted 33 months in the jungles of New Guinea and the rice paddies of the Philippines. This was no easy task, and I believe that all of us, particularly our students sh%l.d know why this war was fought, and not only the fact that it it lasted from 1941 to 1945 for the United States. Could you please take a few minutes on VE Day, 7 May, to inform your students of the cause of this war and advise them that our very existance was at stake? Please do this for all of us. 25 April 1997 Sincerely. Las Cruces, NM FRED J. `PRANK Commander P.S. Our veteran's organizations can provide speakers if needed. WAC VETERANS ASSN #80 602 WEINRICH ROAD #19 LC 88005 HELLEN S. HAMPTON PRES 526 -5768 WOMEN'S MARINE ASSN. 320 MCCLURE ROAD LC 88005 CAROL GAINES PRES 524 -4203 VFW POST 3242 527 -0443 2001 N. MESQUITE ST. LC 88001 JUAN NUNEZ CDR 4000 LILAC DRIVE LC 88005 523 -2490 VFW POST 6917 7325 N. MAIN ST LC 88012 RUSSEL LEARD CDR 382 -9703 (POST) 382 -5139 (HOME) BILL TROTTER 1420 S. ALAMEDA #16 LC 88001 526 -3660 VFW POST 10124 526 -5761 709 S. VALLEY DR LC 88005 BILL STEILA CDR 1804 IMPERIAL RIDGE LC 88011 522 -3376 Leeland Hogue 1024 Tamarack Dr. LC 80,005 526 --3650 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ATOMIC VETS 4075 WINDRIDGE CIR LC 88012 THEODORE A. GARCIA PRES 382 -1899 SOCIETY OF 40 &.8 VOITURE: -641 2200 HOLIDAY AVE #261-w-48'8005 WALTER F BARER CHEF . DE- '-GUERE ROY COVEY CORRESPONDANi ":.`. 523 -6530 GASTON MUNGIA 2271 LA SENDA DR LC 88011 522 -0872 VFW 4384 882 -3926 PO BOX 1052 ANTHONY NM 88021 RAUL RAMOS CDR 882 -3280 rr_ = �,k � •• f f L :9A c, RESERVE OFFICERS ASSN CHAP 005 PO BOX 6250 LC 88006 WALTER BAKER PRES 525 -3990 ROBERT C LORY 769 SUNBONNET LN LC 88005 525 -2596 THE RETIRED OFFICERS ASSN PO BOX 743 LC 88004 FRED J FRANK PRES 526 -5770 1800 ALTURA AVE LC 88001 VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA PO BOX 6836 LC 88006 KEN DABY PRES 3915 CRYSTAL COURT LC 88012 382 -3822 WAC VETERANS ASSN #80 602 WEINRICH ROAD #19 LC 88005 HELLEN S. HAMPTON PRES 526 -5768 WOMEN'S MARINE ASSN. 320 McCLURE ROAD LC 88005 CAROL GAINES PRES 524 -4203 VFW POST 3242 527 -0443 2001 N. MESQUITE ST. LC 88001 JUAN NUNEZ CDR 4000 LILAC DRIVE LC 88005 523 -2490 VFW POST 6917 7325 N. MAIN ST LC 88012 RUSSEL LEARD CDR 382 -9703 (POST) 382 -5139 (HOME) BILL TROTTER 1420 S. ALAMEDA #16 LC 88001 526 -3660 v NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ATOM VETS 4075 WINDRIDGE CIR LC 88012 THEODORE A GARCIA PRES 382 -3280 SOCIETY OF 40 & 8 VOTTURE 641 2200 HOLIDAY AVE #263 LC 88005 WALTER BAKER CHEF DE GUERE 525 -6990 ROY COVEY CORRESPONDANT 523 -6530 GASTON MUNGUTA 271 LA SENDA DR LC 88011 522 -0872 VFW POST 4384 882 -3926 PO BOX 1052 ANTHONY, NM 88012 RAUL RAMOS CDR 882 -3280 VFW POST 10124 526 -5761 709 S. VALLEY DR LC88005 PO BOX 249 LC88004 BILL STEILA CDR 1804 IMPERIAL RIDGE LC88011 522 -3376 LEELAND HOGUE 1024 TAMARACK DR LC 88005 526 -3650 523 -4686