chapter news - april 2022

Next Executive Committee Meeting Monday, May 9, 2022
 & Officer Installation Meeting Thursday, May 12, 2022

Agenda for April 9 General Meeting

April 1, 2022

  • Service Officer mileage reimbursement rate reset

  • Computer purchase for CSO service expansion

  • Disposition of Bingo/Meeting Hall on East Main 

  • Second round of nominations for 2022-2023 Chapter Officers

  • Election of 2022-2023 Chapter Officers

Election Results for 2022-2023 Chapter Officers

April 9, 2022

The results of the election are in! Your 2022-2023 Chapter 8 Officers are:

  • Commander Carl Forkner

  • Senior Vice Commander George Colbert

  • Junior Vice Commander Michael Crowe

  • Adjutant VACANT*

  • Treasurer Stuart Reck*

  • Judge Advocate Barbara Jeter

  • Sergeant at Arms George Cornett*

  • Officer of the Day (OOD) Jerry Buza*

  • Executive Committee:

    • Jim Ellis​

    • Robert Jones

    • Jerry Buza

  • Department Executive Committeeperson Carol Ellis​**

  • Alternate DEC Debbie Roberts

* Appointed position

** Installed at Department Convention on June 11th

Agenda for May 12 General Meeting

April 11, 2022

  • Installation of 2022-2023 DAV Chapter 8 and DAVA Unit 8 Officers

  • Meeting will be at Golden Corral on N. Cooper Rd. -- Dinner at 1730, Installation at 1830.

Coming on May 4th: Walk-in Wednesdays!
Veterans may walk-in to see Service Officers for claims between 9am-1pm

April 18, 2022

Community Veteran Benefits Seminar
9:00am May 21st at Grace United Methodist Church, Mesa
This is an opportunity for the public to learn about Veterans benefits and then have a session with a Service Officer to file for benefits. Bring a DD-214 if you plan on filing a claim!

April 18, 2022

Coming on June 3rd: Veteran Career Development Workshops!
Veterans and their family may participate 1st & 3rd Fridays at 1pm

April 18, 2022

New Respiratory Presumptive Disabilities added April 26th
WASHINGTON — As part of President Biden’s Unity Agenda commitment to support the nation’s Veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs is adding nine rare respiratory cancers to the list of presumed service-connected disabilities due to military environmental exposures to fine particulate matter.

The following list of rare respiratory cancers will be added to VA’s regulations through an Interim Final Rule published in the Federal Register on April 26, 2022:

  • Squamous cell carcinoma of the larynx.

  • Squamous cell carcinoma of the trachea.

  • Adenocarcinoma of the trachea.

  • Salivary gland-type tumors of the trachea.

  • Adenosquamous carcinoma of the lung.

  • Large cell carcinoma of the lung.

  • Salivary gland-type tumors of the lung.

  • Sarcomatoid carcinoma of the lung.

  • Typical and atypical carcinoid of the lung.

VA determined through a focused review of scientific and medical evidence there is biological plausibility between airborne hazards and carcinogenesis of the respiratory tract — and the unique circumstances of these rare cancers warrant a presumption of service connection.

The rarity and severity of these illnesses and the reality these conditions present, is a situation where it may not be possible to develop additional evidence, prompted VA to take this action.

“Veterans who suffer from rare respiratory cancers associated with their service deserve the very best America has to offer—but they’ve had to wait for the care and benefits they deserve for far too long. That ends now," said Secretary Denis McDonough. “With these new presumptives, Veterans who suffer from these rare respiratory cancers will finally get the world-class care and benefits they deserve, without having to prove causality between their service and their condition.”

VA will begin processing disability compensation claims for Veterans who served any amount of time in the Southwest Asia theater of operations beginning Aug. 2, 1990, to the present, or Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Syria or Djibouti beginning Sept. 19, 2001, to the present.

Any Veteran who has or had one of the listed cancers at any time during or after separation from military service may be eligible for disability compensation benefits. VA will contact impacted Veterans and survivors to inform them about their eligibility and will provide information on how to apply.

Veterans, survivors or dependents who had claims previously denied for any of these respiratory cancers are encouraged to file a supplemental claim for benefits. If you are a Veteran, survivor or dependent applying for the first time, file a new claim here.

April 26, 2022