Minutes for September 12, 2007
Meeting of the Monterey County Military and Veterans Affairs Advisory Commission
Eddie Pedrozo, Commission Chair called the meeting to order at 3:00 pm.
Members present: Eddie Pedrozo, Chair, Frank Aguillon, Ralph
(Norm) Channell, Charlie Eskridge, Bruce Evans, Mack Jacobs, E.T. Price, Juan
Sanchez, Jack Stewart and Ralph Villar
Members absent: Abel Quinones
Quorum of members present for Commission business.
Approval of Minutes of Prior Meeting: Minutes of meeting July 11,
2007 were mailed to the Advisory Commission members. Mr. Channell requested that
his objection to directly contacting members of the Board of Supervisors about
appointees, absences from Commission meetings, without first speaking to the
Commission member, be expressed in the minutes. Motion (Mr. Eskridge) and second
to accept the minutes as amended. Motion carried.
Public comment: None
Report From the Chair: No report. Mr. Pedrozo expressed his
request/encouragement that all Commission members attend the Veteran of the Year
Award dinner on November 4.
- Legislation (Mr. Quinones): No report.
- Central Coast Veterans’ Cemetery (Mr. Channell): Mr. Channell reported
on the August 9 meeting of the Veterans Cemetery Citizens Advisory Committee
regarding environmental protection issues, construction timelines and
selection of a consultant for the cemetery development plan. It was noted
that the Board of Supervisors has approved the revised CAC by-laws.
- Veteran of the Year (Mr. Quinones): No report. Mr. Aguillon commented
that the VOYA program needs more detailed explanation to the public and that
the award be better publicized. Mr. Stewart stated the need for an “SOP” for
Motion (Mr. Stewart) and second that Supervisor Jerry Smith be added to the
list of 2007 VOYA honorees. Motion carried.
- VA Clinic (Mr. Eskridge): No report.
Public Comment: James Bogan requested that veterans’ organizations make
contributions (in the form of grocery gift certificates) for fruit to be
distributed at the clinic as an alternative to donuts.
Mr. Villar commented on the excellent quality of care at the clinic.
- VSO Report: (Mr. Garza): Mr. Garza reported that: a Letter of Intent
between the California National Guard, California Department of Veterans
Affairs and the California Association of County Veterans Service Officers
to work together to improve assistance to NG troops returning from
deployment and their families; there is no increase in State support for
County Veterans Services in the2007-2008 budget and federal funding for
local veterans’ outreach programs are stalled in the Senate; the VOYA medals
are ready for the presentation; the CAC consultant contract is on the CAC
agenda for September 13; plans for a feasibility study for a joint DOD/VA
clinic at Ft. Ord are being finalized; and, the MVAO is seeking to have
greater participation in the pre-discharge “TAP” program at the Naval
Old Business: By-laws: Revised by-laws were mailed to
each Commission member. Mr. Stewart discussed the changes and recommended that
the Advisory Commission adopt the changes as recommended and submit them to the
Board of Supervisors for approval. Motion (M. Villar) and second to approve to
adopt changes to by-laws as proposed. Motion carried.
New Business: Proposed revision to the County Military Leave
policy was distributed for Commission review.
November 14, 2007, 3:00 pm at VFW Post 811, 3131 Crescent Avenue, Marina.
Meeting adjourned 4:30 pm.
Respectfully submitted by Richard Garza, ex officio, Secretary