Monterey County Military & Veterans Affairs
MINUTES FROM MVAAC MEETING
January 11, 2012
Chair called meeting to order at 3:00 PM.
Pledge of Allegiance.
Members present: Sid Williams, Ralph Villar, Frank Aguillon,
Ronald Holland, James Bogan, Charlie Eskridge, Abel Quinones.
Also present: Tom Griffin (VSO), Michael McFadden (Principal
Office Assistant, MVAO).
Minutes from November 9, 2011 meeting were approved.
PUBLIC COMMENTS: None.
Report from the Chair:
1) Official comment will be made from Chair on the passing of Bruce Evans. 2)
Letter of appreciation will be sent to Board of Supervisors for the extension of
FOR A and encouraging its continued extension.
Pending State & Federal
(Abel Quinones): Congress has until February 29 to approve Medicare as is or
to change it.
Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Update
(James Bogan): M.O.U. approved by City of Seaside, County of Monterey, and
FOR A. Committee is working toward more fundraising.
(Charlie Eskridge): Nothing new to report.
(Ron Holland): Meeting held on January 9. Another will be held on January
18. Ron Holland and Tom Griffin will meet with members of the Military, the
Administration, and the V.A. Grants have been submitted, but no funding has
been released yet. Flyers will be out on Friday, January 13.
Veteran of the Year Program
(Juan Sanchez): Photos were taken at the last VOY banquet. If want them,
see Chair Sid Williams
Military & Veterans Affairs
Griffin): Mr. Griffin gave MVAAC a written report. He mentioned: Agent
Orange claims for Korea will likely be denied; Wallgreens will not be
accepting Tri-Care prescriptions; UCMJ issues; Some military chaplains
are refusing to marry homosexual couples; Military retirement will probably
not change for those currently receiving it or who are currently serving;
Stolen Valor update; UVC van donation accepted by Board of Supervisors.
Election of Officers for 2012.
Sid Williams nominated for Chair by Frank Aguillon, seconded by Abel
Quinones. Juan Sanchez nominated for Vice Chair by James Bogan. Motion to
close nominations by Ralph Villar, seconded by James Bogan.
Expired commissioner terms reconciliation/updating with
All members asked to notify Mr. Griffin of any changes from the current
Discussion of commissioner responsibilities.
Chair concerned about membersí attendance at meetings; adequate attendance
is necessary to conduct business. By-laws allow two excused absences per
year. A retreat for the members has been proposed on February 25, from
10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M., at the VTC conference room, to discuss Veteran of
the Year event, by-laws, and commissioner responsibilities. Members asked to
bring their lunch. E-mail will be sent by VSO office, with response to be
given to Chair.
Letter will be sent to Board of Supervisors informing them of vacancy on the
Commission Membersí Comments:
No additional comments.
was adjourned at 4:15 P.M.
Respectfully Submitted by Tom Griffin, VSO, ex officio, Secretary
by Michael M. McFadden
Principal Office Assistant
Military and Veterans Affairs Office