GALLERY: DAV BBQ offers an afternoon of camaraderie

Camaraderie. It’s something you feel in all kinds of groups, but one of the strongest feelings of camaraderie is undoubtedly found among those who have served their country.

For Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 15, that’s the sentiment at the heart of the organization’s annual summer gathering, the DAV Veterans Appreciation Barbecue.

Held this month, the Veterans Appreciation Barbecue took place inside the Mountain Falls Grill Room, where dozens of area veterans and supporters gathered for an afternoon of camaraderie and pleasure. Commander Bill Dolan of DAV Chapter 15 said the event was a crowd pleaser, with a delicious spread for the meal, great entertainment and lots of socializing.

“The veterans barbecue was a big success,” Dolan later enthused, telling the Pahrump Valley Times, “At one point, almost every table was full!” I would say we had about 90 veterans and about 10 non-veterans this year.

The menu was classic barbecue fare, with burgers and hot dogs accompanied by all the trimmings, plus three types of salads and for dessert, cakes and cookies were offered.

Hot Cocolin, made up of Maria Cox and DAV chapter member Bob Clark, provided musical entertainment and attendees were able to enter a 50/50 drawing, which Dolan called “robust.”

“A big thank you to Pam at Mountain Falls for another great event, to our volunteers, Judy and Sterling Riplinger, Heather and Chad Lemons and Cathy Girard,” Dolan was quick to add.

Shifting gears, Dolan then gave an overview of what the local DAV chapter is doing to positively impact the community.

“As the smallest DAV chapter in the state of Nevada, we do a lot of things for our veteran brothers and sisters here in Pahrump and Nye County,” Dolan explained. “DAV hosts this annual barbecue for members of DAV Chapter #15 and for all veterans to come meet other veterans and enjoy a meal sponsored by our chapter. Besides the barbecue, we have a DAV Chapter Christmas Party every year, which all veterans can also attend if they wish.

It’s not all about partying, however, as Dolan goes on to list a variety of valuable programs administered by the local.

“We have a veterans assistance program and a wheelchair program. We work with the Rotary Club of Pahrump Valley to build ramps for any veteran who needs one to get in and out of their home, we pay for half of the supplies needed for each ramp,” he detailed.

“We have a homeless committee that visits and brings items to our veterans who live in the hills around Pahrump,” Dolan continued. “And of course, DAV has three vans to help transport veterans to and from their medical appointments in Pahrump and Las Vegas. DAV Chapter #15 is a member of the local Chamber of Commerce and we now have six Chapter Service Officers who work with local veterans and others to help them apply for the benefits they have earned for their time in service and all six are always busy. ! »

DAV Chapter #15 is still open to new members. Any service member who has not been dishonorably discharged and who suffered an injury or illness while serving in the military is eligible for membership. Anyone considering joining the group or interested in learning more is encouraged to attend the organization’s monthly meetings.

“We meet the third Tuesday of every month in our building, the Old Town Annex near the community pool, which we rent from the City of Pahrump,” Dolan said. “And we have a video system (Zoom) that allows our chapter members and any veteran who wants to join our ranks to Zoom into our meetings.”

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