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- Attention Guam Veterans -




Special notes

  • Sen. Tom Ada, Veteran Affairs Committee Chairman. Phone: 473-3301. Fax: 473-3303. Email: Office@SenatorAda.org; Website www.SenatorAda.org. Office: Between Bank Pacific, Guam Police Department and Hagåtña Post Office.
  • Veterans who are registered in the VA system, regardless of category, should receive a Choice Card. If you haven’t, call 1-866-606-8198 and request for a card. If you are encountering a problem with the ChoiceCard program, call Bill Cundiff at 565-4561 or Martin Manglona at 475-8391/2..
  • Veteran organizations and agencies and veterans are invited to submit articles for the Veterans Corner. Articles should be not more than 600 words. Pictures with captions can be submitted as well. Send articles to Bill Cundiff at afcmsgt24@yahoo.com.
  • The VA cemetery chapel is available for use for public viewing. Call 475-8391/2.
  • Veterans who have made an appointment at the VA clinic and still haven’t been seen should call the VA clinic at 475-5760. Veterans may also call Bill Cundiff at 565-4561 or send email to afcmsgt24@yahoo.com.


  • It’s very important that veterans register at the VA Clinic or at the VA Office in Asan. Call the VA Clinic at 475-5760, or the VA Office at 475-8388 to schedule an appointment. You must have a copy of your DD Form 214.
  • Next of kin of veterans not buried at national or state veterans cemetery may order a bronze medallion to attach to existing, privately purchased headstones or markers, signifying a deceased’s status as a veteran. To order, please call the Guam Veterans Affairs Office at 475-8391/92.
  • The State VA Office is located in Asan next to the Harley Davidson Motorcycle Store. Call 475-8388.
  • The VA Federal Benefits Office is in Tiyan, in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Phone: 648-0090. Fax: 648-0097. Open 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays.
  • VA Clinic: 4498 Chalan Palasyo, Hagåtña. Hours of Operation: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday except federal holidays, Phone: 475-5760. Fax: 475-5855. 24-hour advice nurse: 1-800-214-1306.
  • VA Home Based Primary Care: 475-0061
  • The veterans employment specialist at the VA Clinic is Anthony Cruz. He can be reached at 475-5783/475-5786 or anthony.cruz@va.gov.
  • Guam Vet Center at the Reflection Center is a community-based counseling center that provides a wide range of social and psychological services, including professional readjustment counseling to veterans and families, military sexual trauma counseling, and bereavement counseling for families who experience an active duty death. Phone: 472-7161/977-927-8387. Fax: 472-7162.




 This article and information was taken from:  The Jul-Sep 2015 Guam RAO newsletter (Vol5-Issue3).  Posted as is with no changes, additions or deletions being made to text - This content has been reproduced from its original source.

sojaGuam Veteran Registration

A CAMPAIGN to register military veterans residing on Guam has been undertaken by Pete Sgro Jr., chairman of the Guam and Regional Veterans Healthcare Council, Rodney Cruz, Founder/President, Iraq Afghanistan and Persian Gulf Veterans of the Pacific and veteran Barry Mead.

The trio devised the registration effort to ensure Guam veterans become aware of, and are able to receive veteran benefits to which they may be entitled to from the U.S. Office of Veterans Affairs.

“We are learning over the course of registrations to date that numerous veterans are not aware of considerable benefits available to them if registered,” Sgro said. “Those benefits after your registration can be explained to you.”

He added that some may be entitled to more benefits depending on factors related to their service such as exposure to hazardous material. Sgro provided an example:  “We have noted that several World War II veterans that worked on the Naval Base may have been exposed to hazardous material during the assembly of the atomic bomb on Guam which was later shipped to Tinian.”

“We have noted that several World War II veterans that worked on the Naval Base may have been exposed to hazardous material during the assembly of the atomic bomb on Guam which was later shipped to Tinian.”

Other benefit categories include education, housing, veteran loans and health care including specific diagnosis.

This effort will continue through Veterans Day at various locations throughout the island – watch the various news outlets for dates, times, and locations.

Businesses or individuals interested in aiding the effort may contact Sgro at 688-7476, Shelly Santos at 777-0674, Cruz at 686- 1151 or Mead at 727-2632.

To register online, veterans may go to myaccess.dmdc.osd.mil. When the page opens, click “OK” then on the next page click “Register.” Veterans may also contact Sgro at 688-7476; Shelly Santos at 777-0674; Cruz at 686-1151; or Mead at 727-2632.

The October 2016 Guam RAO newsletter (Vol6-Issue#6) is now available at:

[If anyone has suggestions for improvement, or finds errors or omissions, please let me know.]


Here are just some of the news items in this issue:

- Annual Military Retire Appreciation Day (22 Oct 2016)

- Medicare & TRICARE: How to Keep Your TRICARE Coverage

- TRICARE’S Nurse Advice Line: Right Choice for Active Adults

- How to “Freeze Out” Identity Theft

- Top 10 Reasons Veterans Don’t Pursue Benefits

- October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

- Ensure You’re Protected Against the Flu this Fall

– Veterans Affairs Benefits At a Glance

- Scam Alert — Save Social Security Con Targets Seniors

- A Veteran’s Approach to a Job Search

– 4 Easy Ways to Shorten Your Resume



Please feel free to share…forward to any other retirees, veterans, survivors you may know who would be interested.


Earlier editions are located in the “Newsletter” section (right-hand column) of the Guam RAO web page at:



Mas Rikuetdo,



David L. Ehlers, CMSgt (Ret), USAF

Guam Retiree Activities Office

DSN (315) 366-2574

Comm: 671-366-2574

E-mail: Guam.RAO@us.af.mil or Guam.RAO@gmail.com

Website: http://www.andersen.af.mil/Units/RetireeActivitiesOffice.aspx

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David L. Ehlers, CMSgt (Ret), USAF
Director, Guam Retiree Activities Office
DSN (315) 366-2574
Comm: 671-366-2574
E-mail: Guam.RAO@us.af.mil or Guam.RAO@gmail.com
Website: http://www.andersen.af.mil/units/retireeactivitesoffice
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GuamRAO
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Guam_RAO