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Tom Swann Hernandez

Founder and Post Commander
151 Lincoln Downs Street
Rancho Mirage CA. 92270
(760) 324-5670

AMVETS Post 66 Palm Springs

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AMVETS POST 66 meets the second Saturday of every month except July and August when we go dark. We meet at the American Legion hall at 11:30 AM. The address is

400 N. Belardo Road
Palm Springs CA. 92262
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To be a member: Click Here

We operate the AMVETS Express van that takes veterans free of charge from the desert to the Loma Linda VA Hospital. Please see attachment. To make a reservation call the dispatcher at (760) 699-8849 – Mike Doron

AMVETS Express Cathedral City Proclamation

In 2001, AMVETS 66 placed and dedicated the first monument to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Veterans; later to become the California LGBTQ Veterans Memorial.Technically, we do not call ourselves an all-gay post because we have some straight members. We are named in loving memory of fallen gay Army soldier Frank Moulton who was killed by a Japanese sniper in the Battle of Luzon Philippines in 1944.

We have a growing Resources Page. Don’t see a listing? Email our webmaster.

AMVETS PRESENTS MEDAL TO JROTC CADET

Tom presented a certificate and medal to CADET SERGEANT AYLINE FIGUEROA. Please see picture below. The awards ceremony was Friday night April 26, 2024 at the Desert Hot Springs High School theater. AMVETS Post 66 has presented this award every year since Tom began his recent stint as Post Commander in 2016. On May 9 the Post will be at La Quinta High School.

AMVETS WILL HOLD A MEETING ON SATURDAY APRIL 13, 2024 11:30 AM AT American Legion Hall 400 N. Belardo Road Palm Springs CA. 92262

Jim Nabors was twice meritoriously promoted in rank by the US Marine Corps achieving Honoragy Sargent before he died. No one has ever achieved this status before or since.

“A hero is a man doing the job he has to do the best he knows how

PALM DESERT UNSURE ABOUT NEED FOR WORLD PEACE

For  a few months we have been trying to dedicate a Peace Pole at the Desert Holocaust Memorial in Palm Desert. The Jewish Federation already gave us the green light. The Palm Desert Greens Democratic Club donated $100 and endorsed the project.

The Peace Pole will say “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in four languages plus a braille plate. The languages are English, Spanish, Hebrew and Arabic. Arabic is the language of the Palestinians.

A Peace Pole that we dedicated is the central feature outside of the Cathedral City Library. There are two Peace Poles in Desert Hot Springs. There is one in Palm Springs and one in both Mecca and Thermal. We dedicated the Peace Pole at Congressional  Cemetery in Washington DC. There is now  a Peace Pole in Joshua Tree.

Europe is involved in the first land war since World War II. Thousands of people have been killed in Ukraine. Thousands of people have died in the war between Israel and Hamas. The Hamas attack in October killed the most Jews since the Holocaust. The Palestinians lose a child in the war in Gaza every eight minutes. The Virgin Mary at her monthly apparitions at Medjugorje has been telling her children to pray for peace.

Surprisingly, the Palm Desert City Council is unsure if they want a Peace Pole in their city at this crucial moment in world history. We were prepared to present our project before the City Council in February. When council members heard we wanted to speak under public comments they were so disinterested that they advised us not to waste our time going to their meeting.  I guess  a nuclear bomb has to be exploded before world peace becomes a priority for the Palm Desert City Council. Every other city and school that we have contacted has been very eager to have a Peace Pole.

So, if Palm Desert does not want to have the most visible international symbol of peace in their city, then what do they want for our future? There is over 200,000 Peace Poles around the world in over 180 countries. What makes Palm Desert so unique that they cannot make a decision about a simple Peace Pole?

Perhaps the news media can contact the City and get an explanation for us. In the meantime, the City Council is not responding to our proposal. They just do not feel the concept of a Peace Pole is worth five seconds of thought.  

Peace Poles are  a high priority in Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs and Cathedral City. Cathedral City spent thousands of dollars to make their Peace Pole the central landmark outside of their public library. Palm Desert insists on being different.

PALM DESERT TO CONSIDER PEACE POLE AT MARCH 28 CITY COUNCIL MEETING

By Tom Swann Hernandez Founder and Commander

This morning, I spoke with Palm Desert City Manager Jim Hileman about  a Peace Pole. Jim and other city officials would like to move the location of the Peace Pole from the Desert Holocaust Memorial to the Memorial Rose Garden. That is because the city has turned down many requests to memorialize people at the Holocaust Memorial. He said the city has bricks that memorialize residents in the Memorial Rose Garden. Our Peace Poole is in memory of late Army veteran Bob Miller. Jim said we could bypass the city parks commission and be on the agenda of the city council meeting on March 28.

The Palm Desert Greens Democratic Club donated $100 and endorsed the project.

The Peace Pole will say “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in four languages plus a braille plate. The languages are English, Spanish, Hebrew and Arabic. Arabic is the language of the Palestinians.

A Peace Pole that we dedicated is the central feature outside of the Cathedral City Library. There are two Peace Poles in Desert Hot Springs. There is one in Palm Springs and one in both Mecca and Thermal. We dedicated the Peace Pole at Congressional  Cemetery in Washington DC. There is now  a Peace Pole in Joshua Tree.

 

Europe is involved in the first land war since World War II. Thousands of people have been killed in Ukraine. Thousands of people have died in the war between Israel and Hamas. The Hamas attack in October killed the most Jews since the Holocaust. The Palestinians lose a child in the war in Gaza every eight minutes. The Virgin Mary at her monthly apparitions at Medjugorje has been telling her children to pray for peace.

There are over 200,000 Peace Poles around the world in over 180 countries.

Peace Poles are  a high priority in Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs and Cathedral City. Cathedral City spent thousands of dollars to make their Peace Pole the central landmark outside of their public library. Palm Desert will consider the Peace Pole for their City later this month.

Transgender veterans sue the VA for promised health care coverage
The Biden administration promised coverage two years ago but still isn’t saying when it’s coming.
By Alex Bollinger Thursday, January 25, 2024

The Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA) has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for the agency to cover gender-affirming health care for transgender veterans. The lawsuit says that the VA isn’t even responding to a petition TAVA filed in 2016 and that the Biden administration has been making vague promises about the healthcare coverage for years without following through.

Currently, veterans can get hormone replacement therapy, talk therapy, and some other gender-affirming health services covered, but not surgery. Surgery is explicitly excluded from coverage by the VA.

Dept of Veterans Affairs updates mission statement to include all genders & caregivers

The new mission statement does away with gendered language to include women and non-binary veterans.

TAVA said that they sent a petition to the VA in 2016 that still hasn’t been responded to. They claim in their lawsuit that the eight-year delay violates federal law that governs agencies. They argue that the delay is “egregious” in part because it’s denying “critical and lifesaving care for those who live with gender dysphoria.”

“Thorough treatment of gender dysphoria is particularly essential because veterans are already at a unique risk of suicide compared to their civilian counterparts,” the lawsuit states. “Gender-confirmation surgery is therefore a critical bulwark against exacerbation of that risk.”

The lawsuit discusses Natalie Kastner, a TAVA member who was denied gender-affirming surgery by the VA.

“Desperate and unable to access gender-confirmation surgery via the VA or alternative means, she removed her right testicle at home on March 5, 2022, without anesthesia or formal medical training,” the lawsuit states. “In doing so, she accidentally severed an artery.”

She still managed to drive herself to an ER and survived. She is still “anxiously awaiting the VA’s response to TAVA’s petition.”

“What am I supposed to tell my transgender veterans that are trying to commit suicide because they can’t see themselves in their body?” TAVA president Bekky Eshler told Military.com. “We’ve been trying to be friendly with the VA. We’ve worked with them really well. But at the end of the day, you got to keep your promises.”

In June 2021, Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough announced that VA healthcare would soon cover gender confirmation surgery for transgender veterans.

It is “unacceptable,” he said at the time, that LGBTQ+ veterans have more negative healthcare experiences and less access to the lifesaving care they need.

“Due in part to minority stress, LGBTQ+ veterans experience mental illness and suicidal thoughts at far higher rates than those outside their community, but they are significantly less likely to seek routine care, largely because they fear discrimination.”

He also said that it was President Joe Biden’s decision to have the VA cover gender-affirming surgery.

McDonough said that he expected the rule-making process to take about two years, but the VA still hasn’t even offered a timeline for the rule to be passed.

This past November, TAVA sent a letter asking the VA to respond to their 2016 petition, but only got a vague letter back from the VA.

“It’s really, really low-hanging fruit for the VA, and it just goes to show how egregious it is that they have not said yes or no, either way,” Sonora Taffa, a law student intern, told Military.com. “They’re just delaying, delaying, delaying, and this [legal action] is just asking for clarity and for a response.”

“It’s our mission at VA to provide transgender veterans – and all veterans – with the world-class care and benefits they deserve,” the VA said in a statement. “We thank each and every one of these heroes for their service and sacrifice, and we will continue to work to serve them as well as they have served our nation.”

AMVETS EXPRESS NEWS

The van that provides free transportation for veterans from Cathedral City and Palm Springs to the VA Hospital in Loma Linda, California will celebrate 20 years of continuous service next month. The 2023 Total number of passengers was 207 which is an average of 17.2 per month. Randy Schecher Bowers is the dispatcher and the phone number to make a reservation is (760) 832-8712. We need more drivers. Contact Tom if you are interested in this project.

WELCOME NEW MEMBER
JAMES APEDAILE
ARMY RETIRED
NATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT
OF AMERICAN VETERANS
FOR EQUAL RIGHTS

POST 66 PROGRAMS REPORTING

July 1 – December 31, 2023
Volunteers 59;
Hours 4,493
Miles 22,527
TOTAL VALUE: $605,358.50

CALIFORNIA LGBTQ
VETERANS MEMORIAL
HAS NEW
FACEEBOOK PAGE

Like the California LGBTQ Veterans Memorial Facebook Groups page at Page.

Join our new AMVETS Post 66 Facebook Groups page!

TOM’S THIRD BOOK
IS NOW AVAILABLE
ABOUT THE
HMO HORROR STORY
THAT CAUSED
HIS BLINDNESS

HISTORY OF AMVETS POST 66

Swann ACLU vs Navy & Lift the Military Gay Ban Video Highlights:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftV8eDlclX8

Freedom: It’s Never Free and It Always Comes with Sacrifice

American Veterans
deserve the best
of whatever we have to give
“and those who lead the many to justice
shall be like the stars forever.”
(Daniel 12)

The Lord preserveth the strangers;
(Psalms 146)

‘Cursed is the one who perverts the justice due the stranger, the fatherless, and widow.’
“And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’
(Deuteronomy 27:19)

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