Monterey County Military & Veterans Affairs Advisory Commission


March 14, 2012

Chair called meeting to order at 3:07 PM.

Pledge of Allegiance.

Members present: Sid Williams, Juan Sanchez, Ralph Villar, Frank Aguillon, Ronald Holland, James Bogan, Abel Quinones, Tom Davis.

Also present: Tom Griffin (VSO), Michael McFadden (Principal Office Assistant, MVAO).

Minutes from January 11, 2012, meeting were approved. Minutes from MVAAC Retreat February 25, 2012, were approved.


Report from the Chair: 1. The Chair introduced Dick Darvey from the Retired E-9 Association. He presented to Ron Holland a check for $500 for the upcoming Stand Down.

Committee Reports:

  1. Pending State & Federal Legislation (Abel Quinones): Mr. Quinones reminded us that Congress has until February 29 to approve Medicare as is or to change it.
  2. Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Update (James Bogan): Monterey Down made a presentation to Seaside City Council P.M. of March 13, 2012. There is still time to send a letter of support to Sam Farr’s office concerning the Veterans Cemetery in Monterey County, by March 15, 2012.
  3. VA Clinic (Charlie Eskridge): James Bogan reported that there are two different proposals being considered for the new V.A. clinic; He expects that a decision will be made within a month.
  4. Stand Down (Ron Holland): Mr. Holland gave an update on the status of the preparation for the upcoming Stand Down in June. Tom Griffin also reported on the progress made to-date.
  5. Veteran of the Year Program (Juan Sanchez): Mr. Sanchez has begun searching for a site for this year’s VOY program – several are under consideration. The preferred date is November 3 or 4, before the golf tournament on November 10, 2012.
  6. Military & Veterans Affairs Report (Tom Griffin): Mr. Griffin gave MVAAC a written report, and reviewed its main points verbally.

Unfinished Business:

New Business:

  1. Heroes Open Golf Tournament: This tournament will now be under the control of the United Veterans Council.
  2. UVC Website: The UVC website address is

Commission Members’ Comments: Ralph Villar suggested that we look for a qualified woman for this Commission.

Meeting was adjourned at 3:57 P.M.

Next Meeting: May 9, 2012.

Respectfully Submitted by Tom Griffin, VSO, ex officio, Secretary

Prepared by Michael M. McFadden
Principal Office Assistant
Military and Veterans Affairs Office