chapter news - MAY 2021

Chapter 8 & Unit 8 Set to Install Officers for 2021-2022

May 1, 2021

Installation of elected and appointed officers will be on May 13 at 1730 (5:30pm) at our meeting hall, 1119 E. Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85203. Families and friends of the DAV Chapter and DAVA Unit are invited to attend!


The DAV Chapter 8 officers for 2021-2022 are:

   * Commander Michael Crowe

   * Senior Vice Commander George Colbert

   * Junior Vice Commander Bill Berry

   * Adjutant Carl Forkner

   * Treasurer Stuart Reck

   * Chaplain Paul Soderquist

   * Judge Advocate Barbara Jeter

   * Chapter Executive Committeeperson Jerry Buza

   * Chapter Executive Committeeperson George Cornett

   * Chapter Executive Committeeperson Bob Jones

   * Department Executive Committeeperson Carol Ellis

   * Alternate Department Executive Committeeperson Howard Doll

   * OOD/Master at Arms Jerry Buza

The DAVA Unit 8 Officers for 2021-2022 are:

   * Commander Holly Mulnix

   * Senior Vice Commander Hope Mulnix

   * Junior Vice Commander Margaret Buza

   * Adjutant & Treasurer Kay Dingman

   * Chaplain Earline Parham


This week Chapter 8 BINGO again led off the news in the Bingo Bugle with Viola Jones, one of our multiple-time winners! One of our first players at Chapter 8, Viola is a regular at Chapter 8 BINGO and has been a wonderful player.

Chapter 8 BINGO happens every Wednesday, with the doors opening at 10:30am and play starting at noon. The DAV Hall is located at 1119 E. Man St. in Mesa, AZ.

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Chapter 8 Headlines the Bingo Bugle Again!

May 5, 2021

Chapter 8 and Unit 8 Hold Installation of Officers for 2021-2022

Tonight DAV Chapter 8 and DAVA Unit 8 held a joint installation ceremony for the next year's organizational officers.

DAV Chapter 8 Leadership: Click HERE

DAV Chapter 8 Officers: Click HERE

DAVA Unit 8 Officers (pictured to right): Click HERE

May 13, 2021


Carl Forkner Recognized as Chapter 8 Disabled Veteran of the Year for 2020

Carl serves as Adjutant for DAV Chapter 8 and as Northern District Liaison for the Department of Arizona. He also serves as a Chapter Service Officer at the DAV Chapter House as well as the Mesa Veterans Resource Center (MVRC).


May 13, 2021

Memorial Day Rosary Service to be held

The Casa Veterans Ministry invites you to attend a Memorial Day Rosary Service on Monday May 31st from 6 to 7 pm at the Guadalupe Shrine (outdoors) at the Franciscan Renewal Center to honor of those service members who made the ultimate sacrifice and died while protecting our freedoms and liberty. This includes veterans who died of military service-related causes.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.


We will also be taking prayer intentions to be read of deceased veterans and include their names at a special Rosary during this service.  

Simply submit the name of your deceased beloved veteran(s), along with their rank and branch of service (if known) and email by midnight on May 30th to the

May 15, 2021

Flyer -- 2021 Memorial Day Rosary Servic

DAV Chapter 8 Hosts Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1011

DAV Chapter 8 opened its doors to host the May meeting of VVA Chapter 1011. During the meeting, an award was presented to Nancy Briggs for her support of VVA and Associates of VVA (AVVA).


May 18, 2021


DAV Chapter 8 Provides Grant for PTSD Relief

DAV Chapter 8 provided a $5,000 grant to the Heal the Hero Foundation to provide a 6-month stress reduction and resiliency program to a  Veteran suffering from PTSD. The program uses cutting-edge neuroscience techniques and technology along with supporting nutritional supplements to "reset" the brain, providing relief from the effects of stress as well as improved stress resilience for the future.

May 21, 2021


The Law All Veterans are Bound to Forever

May 25, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court chose not to hear the case of a retired Marine who was court-martialed for a sexual assault he committed three months after Honorably separating from the Marine Corps in August 2015.  By not accepting to review the case (Larrabee v. the United States), the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the status quo: that military retirees are subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).

Attorneys argued that Larrabee’s case should have been considered by the U.S. Supreme Court because it has far-reaching consequences for all Honorably discharged military retirees. The law stipulates that "retired members of a regular component of the Armed Forces who are entitled to retirement pay" and "members of the Fleet Marine Corps Reserve" are subject to court-martial jurisdiction.      

The Government maintains that military retirement is simply a change of military status and retired personnel are subject to recall should the need arise.

The Government argues that the very act of receiving retired pay means that retired military personnel are choosing to keep a relationship with the military and accept all that goes with the choice not to terminate their connection to the Armed Forces.

Bottom line for all military retirees, as long as they are receiving pay they will be bound to UCMJ law forever.  (Source:  VA Newsletter)

Mesa Veterans Resource Center Memorial Day Event Scheduled

Join MVRC for a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to our country.


Guests will be able to place a flag in the Remembrance Garden to commemorate a fallen service member.


There will be a ceremony recognizing our missing and killed in action.


Light refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Details available and RSVP by calling 480.834.2105 or on the Web at 

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May 26, 2021

Chapter 8 Supports the East Valley Veterans Network

Today marked the post-COVID rekindling of the East Valley Veterans Network. A collaborative network supporting Veterans, Chapter 8 is proud to be a part of this group of organizations around the East Valley supporting our Veterans. A special thanks to MVRC for hosting the meetings and to Lee Huff from Representative Andy Biggs' office for connecting us with the legislative world.

Pictured: Rachelle Crespo, MVRC Director; Lee Huff, Veterans Affairs Director for Rep. Andy Biggs; Alyssa Morgan, Valley Hope of Chandler; Carl Forkner, DAV Chapter 8 Adjutant & Service Officer.

May 28, 2021