Former County Supervisor Ed Moore Rides Again

Ed Moore, Tactical Master
Ed Moore, Tactical Master

Even in retirement, former Pima County Supervisor Edwin Moore remains a singular vortex of influence and power brokering.

In the minds of many the question lingers about his archetypal influenceability.

Is Ed a mandarin for the common man.? A Zorro for a cause? Or a Trojan Horse with an unknown sponsor?

One thing that is for sure, while Ed’s fans and foes are straining to figure out the enigma of the man, he is moving forward  with a plan, a tactic, and strategy that only a select few are anointed with knowing.

I first met Ed Moore at the Rillito Race track in 1984 with his attorney pals.  I was one of the few Vietnam Veterans who had forgiven the Veterans of Foreign Wars for some public relations errors that were made in not allowing us to join, as we were not true “Veterans of a Foreign War.”  You will recall the Vietnam War was not a declared war.  They wisely reversed this tomfoolery for their own survival.

The Horseman’s Association  was gracious enough to provide a building for a new VFW Post at the Rillito Race Track.  That post, Casas Adobes Post 10188, is now on Roger Road.  We have been forever grateful for the magnanimity of Moore and his colleagues in seeding this post.

In our initial social conversations, I learned of Ed’s fondness for military history and strategy. As a former Squad Leader in Vietnam, we had some common ground for lively discussions.  Our other commonality was soccer, as Ed was one of the early aficionados of the sport.  I played as child in Redondo Beach, California and had been coaching youth soccer for two years when we met.

Now, 27 years later,  having spent most of my adult life as a soccer coach and an official for both club and high school, with a brief stint as the General Manager of the Amigos Semi-Pro Soccer Franchise,  I  too am retired, and our chats about soccer and military history continue. Never could I have imagined that these talks would converge around a  showdown in the  proverbial “streets of Laredo,” between soccer and horse racing!

I am not here to advocate or provide the litany of pro and cons of soccer or horse racing at the Rillito Park.  My intention is to place the following formal complaint in front of the readers of  the, and let it flow.   Were I asked to vote or side with one entity, my heart would go with soccer, as would Ed’s to the surprise of many.

In fact, if I were allowed to engage in some fantasy, I would like to see this location tap on some of those stimulus funds, and turn a portion of the park into a venue for professional soccer. It would be utilized year-round and unlike TEP it would cash flow without a need for ongoing subsidies.  Tourism would have an immediate boon, as the facility could be multi-use, hosting once again international rugby and lacrosse matches.

In addition, Tucson would not have to pass on the endless number of international friendly games that we have been offered over the past years, like the ones that are currently being played at ASU and Grand Canyon College in Phoenix.  There are six MLS teams  spring training in Phoenix.  Last week they hosted the Chicago Fire and Kansas City Wizards. This Tuesday, I will be traveling to ASU to attend a match between the Arizona Sahuaros and the Columbus Crew.

My point, you know the one I was not asked to give,  is that we were offered some of these games in Tucson, and we have NO venue to host them. We cannot even host our own Sister City team from Guadalajara, the Chivas!  They play in Phoenix. And it is OUR Sister City!  This is pure insanity.  Do we not recall what Yogi Berra said?  “Cash is kinda like money.”

So my military mind says,  lets all get along. Keep the race track crankin’ for posterity and cultural history.  Get some of the Feds money along with USSF Grants, match it with private investors, and convert the midfield into a professional soccer pitch.  Then make a deal to have a gargantuan youth soccer facility built with the monies that were to be allocated to move the race track.  Disabled veterans can staff the place as volunteers, and some of the proceeds can be directed to end homelessness.

Pima County would be in the vanguard and make national news.

Retirement does indeed feed ones fantasy life, especially when it comes to getting along in Tucson.  May the best team win.

Here is the copy of the Complaint that was hand delivered to Pima County Officials and 200 others yesterday afternoon.

Pima County Board of Supervisors
Ann Day, Supervisor
Ramon Valadez, Supervisor
Sharon Bronson, Supervisor
Ray Carroll, Supervisor
Richard Elias, Supervisor .
c/o Lori Godoshian,
Pima County Clerk of the Board
C.H. Huckelberry
Linda Mayro
130 W. Congress, 5th Floor
Tucson, AZ 85701
P.O. Box 36077
Tucson, Arizona 85740
(510) 888-3102
Fax. (520) 888-5289
February 24, 2010
Barbara LaWall, Esq.
Pima County Attorney
1400 Legal Services Building
32 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701-1412
Re: DEMAND for Compliance with Ordinance with respect to Rillito Race Track and Notice of Claim pursuant to AR.S. §§ 11- 641 and 11-642
Dear Sirs, Honorable Members of the Pima County Board of Supervisors, and Pima County Attorney, DEMAND is made that you comply with and enforce that certain Pima County Ordinance adopted by the Pima County voters, and Pima County, pursuant to Initiative No. 400 entitled, “AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING AN OFFICAL PLAN PROVIDING FOR THE USE, ACTIVITIES AND STATUS OF THAT CERTAIN LAND AND IMPROVEMENTS OWNED BY PIMA COUNTY, CONSISTING OF APROXIMATELY EIGHTY-EIGHT (88) ACRES, GENERALLY KNOWN AS “RILLITO RACE TRACK.” (hereinafter referred to as “Rillito Race Track Initiative

Ordinance” or sometimes “Ordinance”). The Rillito Race Track Initiative Ordinance passed by a vote of in excess of sixty two (62%) per cent of the voters in the General Election of November 6, 1984. In pertinent part, the Rillito Race Track Ordinance mandates and provides:

* * *

In various, diverse and chronic ways the Pima County Board of Supervisors has violated the Rillito Race Track Ordinance and will of the voters of Pima County, by and through its authorized agents, servants, employees and others with whom Pima County has contracted in order to avoid, evade, and violate the Ordinance and frustrate the will of the’ people expressed therein. The County Administrator, c.H. Huckelberry, has expressly and explicitly sought to have endorsements of the historic designation by the State of Arizona changed and modified in violation of the mandate and intent of the Ordinance.
In direct, express and categorical violation of the Rillito Race Track Ordinance, Linda Mayro, in her capacity as Pima County Cultural Resources Manager specifically and expressly stated to the Arizona State Parks Review Committee on October 9, 2009, among other things:

“Pima County owns the Rillito Racetrack and does not support the district nomination. . .. ” (emphasis added) Ms Mayro is wrongfully being paid by Pima County to advocate opposition to the historic designation of the Rillito Race Track contrary to and in violation of the Ordinance. DEMAND is made that you immediately and forthwith advise the Arizona State Parks Review Committee that Ms Mayro’s statement is incorrect and that Pima County, as the owner of the subject property, supports the historic designation of the Rillito Race Track.
I have been informed, and claim upon said information and belief, that the Pima County Board of Supervisors has in violation of the Rillito Race Track Ordinance, and without authority of law, paid monies to:
C.H. Huckelberry
Pima County Administrator
Linda Mayro
Pima County Cultural
Resources and Historic Office
DEMAND is made upon you, and each of you, as well as others who have received.said payments, jointly and severally, that said payments be repaid to Pima County, together with interest at the legal rate often per cent per annum from the date of said payment(s) and; further that you cease and desist from accepting any additional payments for work or ,services, of whatsoever kind or nature, in violation of the Ordinance. In addition to seeking repayment of said funds, an injunction may be sought seeking to prevent and preclude the further payment of funds in violation of said Ordinance.
DEMAND is made upon the County Attorney pursuant to AR. S. § 11-641B to bring an action in the name of Pima County against the board of supervisors and others who are liable to enjoin the payment of money in violation of the Rillito Race Track Initiative Ordinance, and to the extent monies have been paid, to recover said monies with interest at the legal rate, and twenty per cent additional on the principal.
I am a taxpayer in Pima County. Notice is given that if the County Attorney fails for twenty days after this request to institute said action, then any taxpayer in the county, including me, may bring an action pursuant to AR.S. § 11-642 with the same effect as if brought by the County Attorney. In such event, I will seek judgment against you, and each of you, for all sums allowable under the statute, taxable costs of suit, and reasonable attorney fees.
In addition, the wrongful actions referred to above may have violated one or more of the Arizona Revised Statutes 13-2301 through 13-2318, in particular, 13-2311.

On information and belief, the forgoing and following acts were taken to monetarily benefit the Tucson Soccer Academy, (TSA). TSA is a nonprofit corporation which has paid staff. (Dick Grasso, a top staff member of the New York Stock Exchange, which was a nonprofit corporation, retired with millions.)

Pima County charges TSA $0.00 an hour for unlighted fields, and $5.00 to $7.50 an hour to rent lighted fields. Gilbert, Az. charges $12.00 to $18.00 an hour to rent unlighted fields and $36.00 to $54.00 an hour for lighted fields. Three separate soccer tournament sites around Tucson have been proposed that meet the guidelines that other communities have used. Pima County has tried to eliminate these logical locations to focus the local soccer community on tearing down Rillito Race Track to build a soccer tournament site .

It is cheaper to build soccer fields on vacant land, such as the Arthur Pack Park site, or other vacant lands. Pima County estimated in writing that the cost to build a racetrack similar to Rillito would be $38,000,000 …forgetting that an historic site is priceless and irreplaceable. Thousands. of people from all over the country come to see the horses run and to see the historic track. MORE THAN 68,000 PEOPLE ATTENDED RILLITO RACE TRACK LAST YEAR! The County now intends to tear down this historic gem and lose another major tourist attraction, employment center and historic site. (They have already lost Spring Training Baseball.) The substance of those actions taken in violation of the Ordinance, passed by 62.8% of the voters in 1984, have had the support of TSA. Those actions are contrary to the expressed will of the people of Pima County.

Pima County subsidizes TSA with taxpayer money by providing soccer fields, electricity for lights, water and maintenance, at far below the real costs, and as a result, TSA staff makes money. Pima County should not be allowed to tear down more of our history and terminate horse racing to provide further tax payer subsidies to a money making organization. It is improper to gift tax payer money. Other groups such as AYSO are volunteers and have no paid staff. They even provided money to the Parks Department to put up lights at Dan Felix Park.
In the event I bring an action, in addition to such other remedies as may be available to me, I would intend to seek by Special Action, or otherwise, specific performance of the Rillito Race Track Ordinance by the Pima County Board of Supervisors and all those acting under their control. I wish to draw to your attention that the Ordinance mandates in Section 4, cited above that, ” … THE IMPROVEMENTS ON THE LAND BE MAINTAINED.” Please comply with the will of the people expressed and binding upon you in the Rillito Racetrack Initiative Ordinance.
Ed Moore, former Pima County Supervisor

Why Not In Arizona?

pic27348A simple question in the world of Veterans Affairs, always seems to have a confabulated answer, usually one without a logical reason.

Why are benefits for disabled veterans so disparate and varied from one state to the next? Is all this States Rights stuff really good for the overall order of the American way? I think not. In fact I think it has contributed to a very unique form of City/State narcissism.

Taking on the Federal Government and its largess has become a religion. ( Religion is from the Latin root “religere” meaning to rebind oneself to nature- nothing institutional in the word.) Just talk to a Second Amendment citizen and the whole subject commences right after their Cheerios in the morning and dogs them until bedtime. As of today, their are absolutely NO changes in gun laws. My guns and yours are still clean, operating and safe. I for one do not believe this will ever change. Anything else is disguised fund raising for ego causes.

But back to disabled vets. Why do so few get lathered up about them? Why not a national movement to help families of deployed soldiers whose wives have to pawn the family car for the mortgage payment?

While one of our own veterans and State Representative Frank Antenori wants to bear down on the disenfranchised and food stamp abuse, he may do well to understand that many of  the reservists and active duty soldiers and Marines are on Food Stamps to survive.  Why no lather here?

Why do so many states have tuition waivers at State Universities  for the dependents of disabled veterans? They take Federal monies willingly. Why not return the favor to those who provide the liberty and academic freedom to exist? Take it out of the undisclosed parking revenue.  No outrage here. Largely because veteran causes do not provide a mirror to see  yourself in while lathering.

Why do so many states exempt 100% disabled veterans from property taxes?  Not Arizona! The home of two of the largest military bases in the nation, is the most backward in offering gratitude to its veterans.  Our Senator John McCain did not even vote for the new GI Bill. He abstained on the first go around. How heroic is that? JD Hayworth would help, I am sure, if his picture was on something.

I proposed the tuition breaks for dependents of 100% disabled veterans to the State Legislature  on three occasions. Not very novel, just a copy cat proposal from other states. It never gets out of committee. Yet we say; ” Support The Troops.”

Would anyone mind telling us what Arizonans or Americans at large have sacrificed to support the troops? What did you do last week to support the war effort and our young men and women coming home?

Where is Rosie the Riveter when we need her?

Very Comprehensive List Of Veterans Resources

Listing Of Veteran Benefits

Someone has gone to a lot of trouble.. If this helps one person, then it was worthwhile.

Pass on to all veterans!

Below are web-sites that provide information on Veterans benefits and how to file/ask for them. Accordingly, there are many sites that explain how to obtain books, military/medical records, information and how to appeal a denied claim with the VA.  Please pass this information on to every Veteran you know.  Nearly 100% of this information is free and available for all veterans, the only catch is: you have to ask for it, because they won’t tell you about a specific benefit unless you ask for it.  You need to know what questions to ask so the right doors open for you — and then be ready to have an advocate who is willing to work with and for you, stay in the process, and press for your rights and your best interests.


Board of Veteran’s Appeals

CARES Commission

CARES Draft National Plan

Center for Minority Veterans

Center for Veterans Enterprise

Center for Women Veterans

Clarification on the changes in VA healthcare for Gulf War Veterans

Classified Records – American Gulf War Veterans Assoc

Compensation for Disabilities Associated with the Gulf War Service

Compensation Rate Tables, 12-1-03

Department of Veterans Affairs Home Page

Directory of Veterans Service Organizations

Disability Examination Worksheets Index, Comp

Due Process

Duty to Assist

Electronic Code of Federal Regulations

Emergency, Non-emergency, and Fee Basis Care

Environmental Agents

Environmental Agents M10

Establishing Combat Veteran Eligibility


See also, Depleted Uranium Fact Sheet



Forms and Records Request

General Compensation Provisions

Geriatrics and Extended Care

Guideline for Chronic Pain and Fatigue MUS-CPG

Guide to Gulf War Veteran’s Health

Gulf War Subject Index

Gulf War Veteran’s Illnesses Q&As


Homeless Veterans

HSR&D Home

Index to Disability Examination Worksheets C&P exams

Ionizing Radiation

Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom Veterans VBA

M 10 for spouses and children <

M10 Part III Change 1

M21-1 Table of Contents

Mental Disorders, Schedule of Ratings

Mental Health Program Guidelin es

Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers

MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Centers of Excellence

My Health e Vet

National Association of State Directors

National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Neurological Conditions and Convulsive Disorders, Schedule of Ratings

OMI (Office of Medical Inspector)

Online VA Form 10-10EZ

Parkinson’s Disease and Related Neurodegenerative Disorders

Peacetime Disability Compensation

Pension for Non-Service-Connected Disability or Death and,

Persian Gulf Registry

This program is now referred to as Gulf War Registry Program (to include Operation Iraqi Freedom) as of March 7, 2005:

Persian Gulf Registry Referral Centers

Persian Gulf Veterans’ Illnesses Research 1999, Annual Report To Congress’_Illnesses_Appendices.doc

Persian Gulf Veterans’ Illnesses Research 2002, Annual Report To Congress

Phase I PGR

Phase II PGR

Policy Manual Index

Power of Attorney Project 112 (Including Project SHAD)

Prosthetics Eligibility

Public Health and Environmental Hazards Home Page

Public Health/SARS

Publications Manuals

Publications and Reports

Records Center and Vault Homepage

Records Center and Vault Site Map


Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses April 11, 2002

Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses

Research and Development

Survivor’s and Dependents’ Educational Assistance

Title 38 Index Parts 0-17

Part 18

Title 38 Part 3 Adjudication Subpart Aââ,¬”Pension, Compensation, and Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

Title 38 Pensions, Bonuses & Veterans Relief (also Ã,§ 3.317 Compensation for certain disabilities due to undiagnosed illnesses found here) Title 38


Title 38 Ã,§ 4.16 Total disability ratings for compensation based on unemployability of the individual. PART 4ââ,¬”SCHEDULE FOR

RATING DISABILITIES Subpart Aââ,¬”General Policy in Rating

U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

VA Best Practice Manual for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

VA Fact Sheet

VA Health Care Eligibility


VA Life Insurance Handbook ââ,¬” Chapter 3

VA Loan Lending Limits and Jumbo Loans

VA MS Research

VA National Hepatitis C Program

VA Office of Research and Development

VA Trainee Pocket Card on Gulf War



VAOIG Hotline Telephone Number and Address

Vet Center Eligibility – Readjustment Counseling Service

Veterans Benefits Administration Main Web Page

Veterans Legal and Benefits Information

VHA Forms, Publications, Manuals

VHA Programs – Clinical Programs & Initiatives>;

VHA Public Health Strategic Health Care Group Home Page http: //

VHI Guide to Gulf War Veteransââ,¬(tm) Health

Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation Subsistence

VONAPP online

WARMS – 38 CFR Book C

Wartime Di sability Compensation

War-Related Illness and Injury Study Center – New Jersey

Welcome to the GI Bill Web Site

What VA Social Workers Do

WRIISC Patient Eligibility

Print this out and save it in your  VA files. There may be a time for use in the future .

Mindfulness Description Part 2

Mindfulness is a simple and radical approach to dealing with the stress
phenomena. Simple, because it is an innate ability of the mind. Radical,
because it is going to the root of the stress creation phenomena within us. With
mindfulness practices, we slow down the perception process and most likely
abate the unnecessary stimulation of stress physiology. By simply .
strengthening our ability to pay attention on purpose to each present moment
without trying to change anything, we begin to create an atmosphere for rest,
recovery, and for new insights about how to relate to ourselves and our
stressors. Whatever is happening is happening and the clearer we can see it,
the more skillful our response can be. We are refreshing our ability to “be” with
ourselves and to trust our abilities to deal with what arises.
While mindfulness is innate, it is underdeveloped for most of us. While it is
healing, there is a lot in our daily life that discourages this way of being. This is
why MBSR is so helpful for many who are interested in exploring the
possibilities of mind/body methods. Through the formal meditation practices
which we teach and encourage you to practice daily, you cultivate mindfulness
in a systematic way. Through the group process and the integration of
mindfulness into daily living, you learn how to make it relevant for you and how
to sustain it in new situations. Many findthat this way of being’,’ present arid
responsive, has a far greater affect than reducing stress.
“… there is nothing particularly unusual of mystical about meditating or being
mindful. All it involves is paying attention to your experience from moment to
moment. This leads directly to new ways of seeing and being in your life
because the present moment, whenever it is recognized and honored, reveals a
very special, indeed magical power: it is the only time that any of us ever has.
The present is the only time that we have to know anything. It is the only time
we have to perceive, to learn, to act, to change, to heal. That is why we value
moment-to-moment awareness so highly. While we may have to teach
ourselves how to do it through practicing, the effort itself is its own end. It makes
our experiences more vivid and our lives more real.”
Jon Kabat-Zinn, Full CatastroQhe Living,

How will I benefit?
Over 25 years of published research indicate that people who complete the
program report:
An ability to cope more effectively with both short and long term stressful
An increased ability to relax

Overview of Tonight's Mindfulness Class Noticed In Previous Posting

Program Description
A Brief History and Overview
The “Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction” Program (MBSR) is a well regarded
mind/body skills training protocol that has been used successfully for over 30
years to help people deal with stress, pain, and illness.
Pioneered by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical
Center, what was once a small clinic has become the “Center for Mindfulness in
Medicine, Health Care, and Society”. In addition to qraduatinq over 15,000
people from their program with many successful results, the Center provides
professional training and conducts research. Their training programs have
helped make MBSR available throughout the US and internationally; and, their
research initiatives have helped create a body of evidence regarding the
efficacy of MBSR for a variety of health conditions, as well as interest in its
application beyond health care.
What is unique about MBSR is of course the emphasis on “mindfulness”- which
can simply be defined as non-judgmental, present moment awareness. As true
mindfulness can only be experienced, the program emphasizes experiential
practices- both within the classroom and at home, for the duration of the course.
It is through these practices that participants learn to harness the power selfawareness
and skills of self-regulation. Experiential practice, a strong didactic
foundation, and a highly supportive environment are the 3 pillars of MBSR. For
many participants, it is a unique and life-affirming educational experience that
has enormous practical value.
More’ about Mindfulness and the Stress Phenomena
Mindfulness simply means present moment awareness. When we are being
mindful, we are aware of what is happening in the present moment. Likewise,
when we are mindless, we are not aware of what is happening in the present
moment because our thoughts and attention are somewhere else.
The term “mindless” is problematic because it seems to imply that we are being
stupid. Really, mindlessness is more a state of mental agitation. Our attention
and awareness is moving around haphazardly and without realizing it, our
thoughts and feelings ignite stress physiology. Our system then prepares itself
for imminent danger- our heart rate will elevate, blood sugar levels will
increase, the breath will get faster and shorter, our body will tense, our
perception will narrow. We are unconsciously preparing ourselves to fight, flee,
or freeze. This innate ability to deal with danger is a sign of health, but if it is
chronically activated and repeatedly inhibited, it results in many of the
symptoms we associate with stress: high blood pressure, anxiety, moodiness
and irritability, body tension, aches and pain, isolation and emotional

Annual Base Camp Gatering of Arizona Veterans

Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers


Veterans and friends are cordially invited to attend Base Camp 2010 to be held April 2, 3, 4 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) 2010.  The purpose of Base Camp is to provide a location for veterans and friends to assemble and share camaraderie.  Live music and entertainment is provided on Saturday night.   ADMISSION IS FREE.

Base Camp is an area lined with bunker/fighting positions simulating a firebase or a line unit’s perimeter defense camp.  Military apparel and military vehicles are welcomed to add to the ambiance.  All veterans are encouraged to attend.  There is a 90-foot high flagpole with a large American flag and the Republic of South Viet Nam flag.  There is also a 35-foot high observation tower and other military type structures, water and two flush toilets, a stage for live entertainment on Saturday, and a shooting range dug into the ground at the base of a mountain as a backstop for target shooting.  Camp out Friday and Saturday nights.  Bring your own food, beverages, drinking water, and firewood.


Traveling south on I-10 from Phoenix, exit I-10 at Wild Horse Pass.  Take the first left turn (Maricopa) to go past Firebird Lakes on your left.  Proceed past the fire station on your right to the T intersection with the stop sign.  Turn right.  Now you are on the road (Highway 347) to Maricopa.  Go through Maricopa, cross the Railroad tracks by the big RR water tower and continue 2 miles to Ak Chin Casino.  Highway 347 is also called John Wayne Highway. Go 2 miles past the casino to Papago (you will see a large Santa Rosa Cooling sign) where you turn right (west).  Go west 4.5 miles on Papago until you curve left (south) on to Warren.  Go about .9 miles south on Warren until you reach Val Vista where you turn right (west).  Go west .5 miles on Val Vista through the wash and past the canal to the first street on your left—Deer Trail.  Turn left (south) onto Deer Trail, and go .5 miles to where it Ts into Quail Run.  Go right (west) on Quail Run for 1/10 of a mile to the entrance of 9014 North Wealth Road and Base Camp.  The house phone number is 520-868-6777 and my cell phone number is 602-509-8763.


April 21200Set up camp

April 3—1000—US and RVN flag-raising, Betsey Bayless and other dignataries                                      1200—1800–Open Time


April 4–Break camp—go home


  1. You WILL have fun.
  2. Shooting range use—SAFETY FIRST—and police all brass and ammo.

4.   HOLD HANDLE DOWN until toilet flushes completely as a courtesy to others.

5.  POLICE your areas of ALL TRASH and respect other people’s rights and property.

We’ll see you at Base Camp 2010.  For further information, call Joe at 602-509-8762 or 602-253-2378 or 520-868-6777.

The Mindful Veterans Project/ Welcome Home

“The quality of bringing our attention into the present moment and keeping it and sustaining it in the present moment and not judging anything or trying to force anything or reject anything, that is what mindfulness is about.”  Jon Kabat – Zinn

Doug Bremmer, MD, director of mental health research at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center recently completed a study using MBSR for veterans with PTSD. He had favorable results and says, ” we may have the ability to teach our returning soldiers and Marines the skill to control their reaction to painful stimuli and embedded memories, without the use of medication, and before the stress from the memories becomes a chronic condition with patterns of behavior that are not beneficial to relationships or vocation.

Developed in 1979, MBSR is a manualized evidence based learning experience with an emphasis on increased concentration, clarity, insight, flexibility and patience.

The program is free to veterans , families of veterans, and those that work with vets. Registration is $250 for others, although no one will be turned away for a lack of funds.

The next session begins Wednesday from 6-8:30pm and runs for 8 weeks. February 17th through April 14th with no class on March 17th. Registration is required.

The classes are held at the Ada Peirce McCormack Building on the U of A campus. It is located at 1401 E. First Street at the Highland underpass.  The class is in the Library of the Little Chapel of All Nations.

The course instructor is Dr. Terri Davis ND and Executive Director of the Purple Mountain Institute, a non-profit organization established in 1999 to develop and deliver experiential programs to special needs groups.   520-975-8389 or 404-6685.    “”

Second Veterans Forum For Families And Friends Of Returning Vets.

The second of the Community Veteran Forums, sponsored by Himmel Park Library, with the assistance of librarian Suzanne Parker, wife of a Vietnam Veteran, is scheduled for Sunday, February 28th from 1pm to 4pm. Himmel Park Library is located at 1035 N. Treat Ave. 520-594-5305, Ext. 3.

“One cannot meet catastrophic events and survive when deprived of the feeling that somebody cares” Bettleheim.

Survivors of traumatic events have long been known to suffer psychological sequalae. Combat is one of the most devastating. Combat exposes its adherent to stimuli that are far beyond the grasp of understanding of civilized life. The impact that lingers can affect generations of family, friends, neighbors and employers.

Until recently there has not been much research on the long term effects of battle. There is less data on the impact on family and the capacity to regain intimacy and relationship skills. And the data that does exist seldom leads to any implementation of programs or simple gatherings for spouses and close associates. We have overcome the tendency to minimize the psychic impact of war, and have simultaneously learned to not stigmatize the veteran when she/he reach out for help.

We have finally separated the War from the Warrior and in doing so have found a path for the community to be involved with lessening the toll of psychic scars. In fact it is the belief of the presenters of this forum, that there can be no healing without the community having a working fund of knowledge of exactly what the returning soldier, and Marine are coping with on a daily basis.

Re-entry to civilian life does not happen naturally. The very foundation of the way the world is objectively seen is altered on a minute to minute trail of thought.

Expectations run high and the reality of the retuning vet is often met with very painful reunions.

There is a known therapeutic value in deep listening. While there are a ton of outreach programs tailored just for the transitioning veteran, like the one at the Merritt Center in Payson, AZ, there is a paucity of listening to the families, and it is they who these forums are designed to help.

So please spread the word through your workplace and your neighborhood to come spend some time with us as we discover new ways to love and accept our warriors. Our dream is that every Public Library in our nation will have something similar on an ongoing basis. Welcome Home gatherings are tremendous, but more is needed.

For more information or details about the forum leave a message at 520-540-7000.

This Forum is sponsored by Photocopy expenses are covered by Steve Sisson of Century 21 Heritage Real Estate.

DD 214 Copies Now Available Online

The National Personnel Records Center has announced that Veterans may now gain access to their DD-214’s online. The NPRC is working to make it easier for Veterans with computers and Internet access to obtain copies of documents from their military files. Both Military Veterans and the next of kin of a deceased veteran vet can use this online system to request documents.

The Veterans Administration has become very attuned to the need to provide better and swifter service to the veteran community. Virtually all needs, from the commencement of a claim, eligibility, medals, heath records can be accomplished online. All forms can be found at “,” and the DD-214’s can be obtained by visiting the website;

I am a volunteer service officer with the Marana Marine Corps League. Feel free to ask me about any questions about the process or about any snags you have encountered. Mike 520-540-7000.

Sand Jam Now A Reality

This past Friday, the owners of Hotel Congress met with a collection of veterans to launch Tucson’s first, “Sand Jam” concert in recognition and support of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of War.

The Concert will be held at Club Congress on Sunday, May 30th, 2010 the day prior to Memorial Day. David Slutes of Hotel Congress is the lead promoter of the event and will be selecting a variety of bands to perform that day. All parties involved are open to suggestions for performing acts. The event is scheduled from noon to 8pm.

The newly remodeled patio of the Hotel can accommodate approximately 1500 attendees with room for outdoor performance stages. Maynards and the Cup Cafe will be serving food.

Suppliers and vendors are welcome for this inaugural event.

Tucson has a tremendous history of support for our veterans. I am certain this will be a smash hit and a catalyst for a gathering place for vets to share stories and find community support.

For further details and sponsorship opportunities call Scotty Scotton/ Iraq Veteran. 520-272-7031. email; “”