Monterey County Military & Veterans Affairs Advisory Commission


January 9, 2013


Chair called meeting to order at 3:10 PM.

Pledge of Allegiance.

Members present:  Sid Williams, James Bogan, Dan Presser, Ron Holland, Michael O’Brien.

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

Minutes from November 14, 2012: Minutes could not be approved because there was not a quorum present.


Report  from the Chair:  Sid Williams asked Michael McFadden to send out an e-mail to all MVAAC members requesting a special meeting on Monday, January 14, at 4:00 P.M. at the VTC, for the sole purpose of electing the MVAAC officers for 2013.  Mr. McFadden sent out the e-mail to all MVAAC members on the afternoon of January 9, 2013.

Committee Reports:

Pending State & Federal Legislation (Abel Quinones absent).  The Defense Authorization Act was signed by the President.  It includes some increases for Tricare.

Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Update: (James Bogan). Nothing new to report.

Veteran of the Year Program: ( Juan Sanchez absent).  Final update not given.

VA Clinic:  Mr. Bogan stated that the ground-breaking is scheduled for February, 2013.  

Military & Veterans Affairs Report:  (Tom Griffin):  Mr. Griffin distributed a handout of interest to veterans ,and reviewed the highlights verbally.  He also informed those present that Military and Veterans Affairs of Monterey County had two Veterans Representatives out for 30-90 days due to medical issues.

Unfinished Business:

Replacement of commission members/Introductions:

a. Frank Aguillon: Rick Martin.  Mr. Martin is not officially with MVAAC yet.

b. Dick Barratt: Mike Himsworth.  Mr. Barratt has officially resigned.  Mr. Himsworth has been recommended by Mr. Barratt as his replacement.

c. UVC: Mike O’Brien.  Mr. O’Brien was introduced by the Chair.

New Business:  Could not conduct due to lack of quorum present.

1. Establish date for VOY Banquet 2013.

2. Discuss new Veterans Affairs Task Force to FOR A.

3. Election of MVAAC Chair and Vice Chair for 2013.

Commission Members’ Comments:

Mr. Bogan suggested that the VOY banquet for 2013 be held on November 2 or November16.

The golf tournament date for 2013 will be November 9.  Ron Holland asked those present to

bring any Monterey County Stand-Down pictures they have to him.  Sid Williams stated that

the FORA board will meet this Friday, January 11.

Meeting was adjourned at 3:35 P.M.

Next Meeting:  March 13, 2013. 

Prepared by Michael M. McFadden

Principal Office Assistant

Military and Veterans Affairs Office