chapter news - May 2022

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

DD-214s Now Available Online


DD-214s are NOW online! Please pass on to other Veterans. The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided the following website for Veterans to gain access to their DD-214s online:   or try

This may be particularly helpful when Veterans need a copy of their DD-214 for employment purposes. NPRC is working to make it easier for Veterans with computers and Internet access to obtain copies of documents from their military files.

Military Veterans and next-of-kin of deceased former military members may now use the new online military personnel records system to request documents. Other individuals with a need for documents must still complete the Standard Form 180, which can be downloaded from the online website.

May 2, 2022

DAV Chapter 8 & Auxiliary Unit 8 Officer Installation Held


Officer Installation for the 2022-2023 year was accomplished at Golden Corral on May 12th. Officers installed were as follows:

DAV Auxiliary Unit 8:

Commander Holly Mulnix

Senior Vice Commander Hope Mulnix

Junior Vice Commander Margaret Buza

Chaplain Earline Parham

Adjutant & Treasurer Kay Dingman

DAV Chapter 8:

Commander Carl Forkner

Senior Vice Commander George Colbert

Junior Vice Commander Michael Crowe

Treasurer Stuart Reck

Chaplain Paul Soderquist

Judge Advocate Barbara Jeter

Sergeant at Arms Rich Wittreich

Officer of the Day & Executive Committeeperson Jerry Buza

Executive Committeeperson Jim Ellis

Executive Committeeperson Robert Jones

The Chapter is still in need of a dedicated volunteer to step up to the place and assume the role of Adjutant.

May 13, 2022

Congratulations, Chapter 8!


As of May 19th, we have achieved our membership goal for the FY 2022 year! Thanks to everyone who had a part in making this milestone a reality!

May 19, 2022

NSO Community Seminar a Success!


Chapter 8 hosted a National Service Officer (NSO) Community Seminar on May 21st at Grace United Methodist Church, followed by claims work at the Chapter House. About 70 people attended the seminar session, with over 20 of them coming to the Chapter House for claims work with the NSOs and our Chapter Service Officers (CSO). Thanks to Phoenix NSOs Mike Cellini and Keith Titus for leading the seminar!

May 21, 2022

New Study Ties Clozapine to Cancer


Long-term treatment with clozapine is associated with a small, but significant, risk of hematological malignancies in individuals with schizophrenia, new research shows. Investigators found long-term clozapine use of more than 5 years was linked to a 2.7-fold increased risk of hematological malignancies in a dose-dependent manner compared with other antipsychotics.

Read the full story HERE

May 21, 2022

VA implements COVID-19 health protection levels enhancing Veteran, visitor and employee safety at medical facilities


WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs Health Administration launched three operational levels called VHA COVID-19 Health Protection Levels to provide a consistent, nationwide approach at its medical centers.

VA applied the three-tier safety protocol standard effective May 23, enhancing safety for Veterans, visitors and employees during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the full story HERE

May 24, 2022

NCA Launches New Interactive "Find a Cemetery" Map


In time for this year’s Memorial Day, NCA has launched a new interactive “Find a Cemetery” map. The feature enables Veterans to search for their final resting place or for those who want to visit their Veteran interred at any of the 155 VA managed or 119 VA-funded cemeteries.

A brand-new feature of the clickable map will allow users to enter a zip code and find the closest cemetery. As shown below, the result from a zip code search will display a pop-up modal window where users can click over to the cemetery web page, call the cemetery (from a mobile phone), look up directions, find burial schedule information or leave tributes, photos and more at the Veterans Legacy Memorial.

May 25, 2022

Special Memorial Day POW/MIA Flag Ceremony in Mesa


A Special Memorial Day POW/MIA Flag Ceremony will be held at the Mesa Police Department HQ on Robson St at 0800 on Monday, May 30th. This honors all POW/MIA personnel and is in recognition of the new Mesa City ordinance to fly the POW/MIA Flag on all City of Mesa facilities that fly the American Flag. All Veterans and Veteran families are encouraged to attend.

May 25, 2022