Support Pat Spearman for Nevada Senate District 1

In Nevada Senate District 1 we have a fellow veteran running for office who has pledged to make veterans one of her most important priorities.  That veteran is Patricia Spearman.

I have been personally frustrated by candidates who are registered as Democrats, but vote like Republicans while in office. John Lee the incumbent in this race has been absent on Veterans issues.  Not once while in office has John Lee reached out specifically to Veterans.

Patricia Spearman spent 30 years in the US Army. She understands the personal sacrifices experienced by our community. I cannot imagine a representative we could have in office who knows more about the challenges faced by returning Veterans. Pat has never stood down from duty. Upon retirement she stepped right in as a pastor to help families. I further admire her intellectual courage to pursue an education that will serve our community well as someone who is ready to research the issues and clearly communicate our priorities.

Please read the LVRJ Profile of Pat Spearman  and see her video on that site. Given 2 minutes to speak she did not overlook Veterans.

Unlike the current incumbent Pat pledges to have regular town hall meetings with constituents and remain available to those who vote her into office. Long hours of school work have given her the skills to read every bill before she votes on it. Pat does not make excuses to justify how others may cut corners. She is a woman who knows how to plan, execute, and complete her mission. I believe she is the most committed, best qualified, candidate to send to the Nevada State Senate  not only from this district. Pat will set an excellent example for our whole state.

Pat has the endorsements of the groups who actively care about Veterans issues in Nevada:

  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 357
  • Nevada Advocates for Planned Parenthood Affiliates
  • Nevada Conservation League
  • PLAN Action
  • Southern Nevada Group Toyiabe Chapter Sierra Club

Please visit her website and perhaps consider volunteering some of your time with her campaign even if you do not live in the district. It is time to get more Veterans into office so our causes will not be dropped from the important dialog happening in our country.

Please check this map to see if you or any of your friends live in Nevada State Senate District 1.


Retirement at Air Force Village West in California

AirForce Village West in Riverside California offers active retirement options for honorably discharged veterans and former government employees. This organization is a non-profit with a focus on creating a quality community.

Check out their website at:

AirForce Village West offers complimentary “Try It – You Will Like It” visits to stay as their guests on the property with all food complimentary.

Additionally if you have questions or want to have someone give you a call for more information completing this form will have you well on your way to getting the information you need.

Click here for the Air Force Village West Retirement Survey 

Your telephone calls for more information are always welcome at (951) 525-5517.

USO Hire a Hero Opportunity Days

Please check out this important information about the USO Hire a Hero Program.

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USO | Hire Heroes USA Workshops & Career Opportunity Days 

Las Vegas Citizens Fire Academy Accepting Applications Through Monday Jan 23rd

This is an important class for anyone interested in the quality of public safety in our community.

Not only will you learn how to keep your own family safe, but also have an eye to the challenges faced by the department.  There is no better place to learn how our public safety departments really work than taking the time to participate.

While there is no guarantee of a job connected to completion of this program it can be a valuable overview of a career with the Fire Department and help returning Veterans make a decision if this is a career field they wish to pursue.

Here is the information from the city website. Click on the link or image for original location.

Applications Available For 13th Annual Citizens Fire Academy

Applications are being accepted for the award-winning Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Citizens Fire Academy. The next academy is scheduled to begin Feb. 23, 2012, with graduation scheduled for May 3. For the past 12 years, more than 500 Las Vegas valley residents have completed the academy. The program has been recognized and is a member of the U.S. Fire Corps program. 

The Citizens Fire Academy began in the year 2000 with 50 participants. The program is designed to teach interested people about the workings of the fire and emergency services in their community. Various speakers from Las Vegas Fire & Rescue and support organizations such as the Trauma Intervention Program and American Red Cross give insight on how the organizations operate and how residents can get involved and help their community.  .

In the summer of 2005, the program became part of the U.S. Fire Corps program. The U.S. Fire Corps is a locally-driven Citizen Corps program that allows community members to offer their time and talents to their local fire departments. Fire Corps serves as a gateway to information for and about fire department programs and meets a citizen’s desire to serve as well as a department’s need for support. Members of the Las Vegas Fire Corps are volunteers who assist the fire department in a number of functions including assisting with answering telephones, passing out flyers in a neighborhood during or after a disaster, assisting in shelters, manning canteen or emergency food centers and acting as victims for disaster and emergency training exercises. The members also learn how to make their home and community safer through simple training on the use of fire extinguishers, first aid and CPR.

The Citizens Fire Academy will meet once each week for three hours starting in February.  Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a field day where they will receive some hands-on training and demonstrations, and do a ride along with an actual fire crew to see how emergency calls are handled.

At least 12 past graduates have gone on to become professional firefighters with fire departments. In addition, at least four are now wildland firefighters in other parts of the country and a number have volunteered their services with the Trauma Intervention Program and the American Red Cross. Others have volunteered to be “victims” during a number of past fire department simulations.

Applications for the academy are available at Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Headquarters, located at 500 N. Casino Center Blvd., or online at The application can be mailed, faxed or e-mailed back to fire officials. Instructions are included in the application package. There is no cost for the program.

Applications will be accepted from now until Jan. 23, 2012, and applicants will be notified if they are accepted in early February. The academy will be limited to 20 participants.

More information is available on the Citizens Fire Academy Hotline at  (702)  229-0146.

AMVETS Applauds President Obama for Signing VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011

Washington, D.C., Nov. 21, 2011 — AMVETS National Commander Gary L. Fry applauded President Obama for signing into law the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 in a ceremony today at the White House. In a rare act of bipartisan cooperation, Congress came together last week by an overwhelming majority to pass the first major employment legislation of the year aimed at getting veterans back to work.

AMVETS Applauds President Obama for Signing VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011

A leader since 1944 in preserving the freedoms secured by America’s armed forces, AMVETS provides support for veterans and the active military in procuring their earned entitlements, as well as community service and legislative reform that enhances the quality of life for this nation’s citizens and veterans alike. AMVETS is one of the largest congressionally-chartered veterans’ service organizations in the United States, and includes members from each branch of the military, including the National Guard and Reserves. For more information, visit

VA Saved $200 Million in Turnover Costs

I am thrilled that the VA is finding solutions to work efficiently for our Veterans.

VA: Happy feds saved $200 million in turnover costs

Information about Las Vegas Veterans Court

This is a link to an article about the Las Vegas Veterans Court.


Special courts offer veterans kinder approach to criminal justice

In Remembrance of Pearl Harbor

70 years ago tonight – Americans went to bed with a sense of safety and security that would be shattered shortly after the morning dawn…we must never take for granted the value of our freedom, liberties, rights and peace – and we must all be vigilant in remembering the valor of virtue! Lest we forget…

Please read, remember, and enjoy the excellent coverage of this item from CNN 

Aging Pearl Harbor attack survivors passing on the baton



Nevada Department of Employment Veterans Programs


Helmets to Hard Hats

Get more information including projects in Las Vegas at the official website