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Fundraiser by Gila Bend Chamber Of Commerce : Gila Bend Flood Victim Relief

Please direct any assist you are able to our neighbors during their emergency.

As you may be aware, the Town of Gila Bend, AZ has declared a state of emergency due to flooding during the recent monsoon storms. They have already lost two members of their community and many others have been displaced. The Chamber of Commerce has requested assistance in the form of funding to help pay for housing for community members who have lost their homes.

The American Legion Department of Arizona is going to assist with this effort. Sending this out is one step. We request that this information be distributed with widest dissemination in order to request support from other Arizona Posts who may be able to assist.


Dr. Bobbie J. Kimelton


Headquarters, District 11

Department of Arizona

The American Legion


Arizona Legion Emergency Response Team (ALERT)

Department of Arizona

Department of AZ Quarantine effective immediately.

On the relative eve of National Convention in Phoenix, I am shutting down in person office work at Department HQ. Please call before coming to headquarters that we can operate with a safe mitigation strategy. Thanks,

Commander Ben Headen receiving COVID Vaccine at Phoenix VA Health Care System

Department of Arizona Commander Ben Headen

has recently been able to receive his

vaccination at the Phoenix Veteran’s Health Center.

Many of you have already decided to get a

COVID vaccine as part of your healthcare.

Whichever way you decide, if you haven’t already,

We hope that you’ll favorably consider the shot.

Cdr Ben receiving COVID vax at PVAMC web.pdf

Airborne Hazards and Burn Pit Exposures Disabilities

Widest Dissemination please!


VA added 3 presumptive conditions related to particulate matter exposure

The new presumptive conditions are asthma, rhinitis, and sinusitis. To be eligible for benefits, you must have gotten one of these conditions within 10 years of your separation from active service.

This will expand benefits for Veterans who served in:

· Afghanistan, Djibouti, Syria, and Uzbekistan during the Persian Gulf War, from September 19, 2001, to the present, or

· The Southwest Asia theater of operations from August 2, 1990, to the present

If you have a pending claim for one or more of these conditions, you don’t need to do anything. We’ll send you a decision notice when we complete our review.

For more information about VA benefits and eligibility, or how to file a claim, Veterans and survivors can visit or call toll-free at 1-800-827-1000.

“Airborne hazard” refers to any sort of contaminant or potentially toxic substance that we are exposed to through the air we breathe. While on active duty, military service members may have been exposed to a variety of airborne hazards including:

· The smoke and fumes from open burn pits

· Sand, dust, and particulate matter

· General air pollution common in certain countries

· Fuel, aircraft exhaust, and other mechanical fumes

· Smoke from oil well fires

Click to expand the map of countries and bodies of water currently included in the VA Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry.

VA understands that many Veterans are especially concerned about exposure to the smoke and fumes generated by open burn pits.

In Iraq, Afghanistan, and other areas of the Southwest Asia theater of military operations, open-air combustion of trash and other waste in burn pits was a common practice. The Department of Defense has now closed out most burn pits and is planning to close the remainder.

Depending on a variety of factors, you may experience health effects related to this exposure. Factors that may indicate you have a greater or lesser risk of short or long-term health effects include:

· Types of waste burned

· Proximity, amount of time, and frequency of exposure

· Wind direction and other weather-related factors

· Presence of other airborne or environmental hazards in the area

Researchers, including experts at VA, are actively studying airborne hazards like burn pits and other military environmental exposures. Ongoing research will help us better understand potential long-term health effects and provide you with better care and services.

Many health conditions related to these hazards are temporary and should disappear after the exposure ends. Other longer-term health issues may be caused by a combination of hazardous exposures, injuries, or illnesses you may have experienced during your military service including blast or noise injuries.

New Web Mastery online for The Department of Arizona!!

Please join in a warm welcome to our new WebMaster, Frank Hirrill as he takes over the tip of the spear in support of our Department of Arizona webpage. You’ll already notice some major differences in its form and function and you are invited to send requests for the best feature(s) that we can consider for ongoing development.
We especially welcome your patient prompting over any link that you discover needs attention on the site.
While we have your attention, please help us in a quiet moment of prayer for the best line of communication that we can build together. Questions please to . For God and Country! Department Staff.