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VETERANS AWARE – Early January 2014

 

“The Mayor’s Veteran Advisory Council”

At his first City Council Meeting as the Mayor of St. George, Jon Pike presented the Mayor’s Veteran Advisory Council (MVAC) to the City Council for their endorsement.  This is the first of the citizen and community advisory councils that Mayor Pike promised to create to increase transparency and community involvement in creating the future of St. George.  The members of the MVAC are: Courtney Pendleton, Danny Greathouse, Stevan Duke, Erin Henrie, J.R. Lehmkuhl, Terry Dunne, Ski Ingram, and Bruce Solomon.  The MVAC will report to the Mayor through newly-elected Councilwoman Michele Randall.

MVAC’s Mission Statement is:  “As a committee of concerned and committed veterans we will take action to improve the mental health, physical health, and overall well-being of the veterans and citizens of St. George.”  The purpose of MVAC is to identify areas of concern or need within the veteran community of St. George, and then create, coordinate, handle logistics, and deliver events and activities that answer those concerns and resolve those needs.  We believe that the various issues and misunderstandings which traditionally have occurred between the different Veteran Service Organizations (VSO) can be handled in committee because the MVAC is made up of people each of whom have strong ties to one of the VSO’s.

Operating as a causal and proactive entity, the MVAC will add another level of veteran support to veterans and the community that was begun by the creation of the Veterans Coalition of Southern Utah (VCSU) a few years ago.  The VCSU led the successful campaign to make the Southern Utah Veterans Home in Ivins an operating reality.  The VCSU will continue to operate in keeping communication channels open and clear between the nine represented Veteran Service Organizations (VSO) in St. George; the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the Marine Corps League, the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), the American Legion, the Veterans of Under-aged Military Service (VUMS), the Military Officers of America Association (MOAA), the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH), the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association,  and the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA).  A co-founder of the VCSU, Bill Toole, continues to function as the Chairman of the VCSU while another co-founder of the VCSU, Terry Dunne, is seated in the MVAC.  A third co-founder of the VCSU, Bill Stay, remains the Vice Chairman of the VCSU.  All three of these men, Toole, Stay, and Dunne also sit on the Citizens Advisory Board of the Southern Utah Veterans Home in Ivins which is also chaired by Mr. Toole.

The MVAC will have a page on the St. George City website which will list contact, activity, and event information.  The MVAC will meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at the St. George Vet Center at 1664 South Dixie Drive, Suite #C-102, at 2:00pm.  Attendee discretion is advised as the meetings are rated “R” due to language and occasional threats of violence.

Posted by Southern Utah Vets Aid, St. George Utah

 

 

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