SRPMIC Community Veterans Events
By E. Pacer Reina - Veterans Representative
SRPMIC Veterans Affairs

On October 31, the SRPMIC Veterans Affairs Office will be attending the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services and the Arizona Military Museum’s fifth annual event honoring Arizona’s Vietnam veterans. We are asking for Vietnam veterans of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community to join us as we partake in this event.

The objective is to thank and honor veterans who served in the Vietnam War, including personnel who were held as prisoners of war or listed as missing in action, for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States, and to thank and honor the families of these veterans.

The event’s special guest speaker will be Joseph “Joe” Galloway, one of America’s premier war and foreign correspondents for half a century. During the Vietnam War, he often worked alongside the troops he covered and was awarded the Bronze Star for carrying wounded men to safety during the battle of Ia Drang.

The SRPMIC Veterans Affairs Office would like to have as many Vietnam veterans of the Community as possible attend this event. If you are a veteran of another era (peacetime, Korea, Desert Shield/Storm, etc.) and would like to attend, please do not hesitate to call, although priority will be given to Vietnam veterans.

Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

American Legion Post and Unit (Auxiliary) 114 Monthly Meeting
Our monthly meeting is scheduled for October 6 at Veterans Hall beginning at 6 p.m. All veterans and supporters of veterans are invited to attend.

Please come out and see what the American Legion is doing nationally and in the Community. Dinner will be served.

Other Events

U.S. Navy Turns 240 With a Birthday Ball in October
The Phoenix-area U.S. Navy Birthday Ball will be held on October 10 at Arizona Grand Resort, 8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway, Phoenix.

The theme is “Celebrating the U.S. Navy’s 240th Birthday: Honoring 100 Years of the United States Navy Reserve, 1915-2015.” Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by the evening program and dancing.

Military uniform is Dress Blues with miniature medals, or service equivalent. Formal civilian attire is required for other guests.

For information and to RSVP (by September 30), contact Capt. Carol Culbertson, U.S. Navy, Ret., at (602) 943-7834 or Or register at

Maricopa County Stand Down
The Maricopa StandDown event originally scheduled for February has been moved to January 28-30, 2016, at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix.

SRPMIC veterans, please, if you have not already done so, secure a copy of your DD-214. This document, as you know, is a record of your time in the service and is a key to access many of the benefits and programs that are available to us as veterans.

If there are any questions in regard to the items in this column, or if you need information from the Veterans Affairs Office, call (480) 362-7490 or email

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