Greater El Paso Chapter, Military Order of the World Wars

Greater El Paso Chapter, Military Order of the World Wars A veterans organization. The El Paso Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) is a Patriotic Organization whose members are active duty, former, or retired military officers of all branches of the services.
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It is a nationally chartered organization as a 501c(19).

It is a nationally chartered organization as a 501c(19).

Mission: The Preamble of the Military Order of the World Wars serves as the guide for all of ohr activities. To cherish the memories and associations of the World Wars waged for humanity; To inculcate and stimulate love of our Country and the Flag; To promote and further patriotic education in our Nation; Ever to maintain law and order, and to defend the honor, integrity, and supremacy of our National Government and the Constitution of the United States; To foster fraternal relations among all branches of the Armed Forces; To promote the cultivation of Military, Naval and Air Science, and the adoption of a consistent and suitable policy of National Security for the United States of America; To acquire and preserve records of individual services; To encourage and assist in the holding of commemorations and the establishment of Memorials of the World Wars; And to transmit all these ideals to posterity, under God and for our Country, we unite to establish "The Military Order of the World Wars."

Operating as usual

Homeland Security minute was shared. Photo by Rene Rodela.
12/20/2020

Homeland Security minute was shared. Photo by Rene Rodela.

Membership medals were presented to two members present who joined last year. Photos by Rene Rodela.
12/20/2020

Membership medals were presented to two members present who joined last year. Photos by Rene Rodela.

New perpetual member was inducted over Zoom.
12/20/2020

New perpetual member was inducted over Zoom.

Today was our Christmas/Holiday Chapter Hybrid Luncheon and Meeting. In-person Photos by Rene Rodela.
12/20/2020

Today was our Christmas/Holiday Chapter Hybrid Luncheon and Meeting. In-person Photos by Rene Rodela.

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12/08/2020

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1AD and Fort Bliss, Texas will see a 30-day extension of the Public Health Emergency here on the installation, taking us through January 5, 2021.

Refer back to the October 26 “Come to Work Safe, Live Safe” Third Amended Order for current restrictions on the installation or the Facebook Tuesday COVID-19 update.

As we approach the holidays, under advisement from National, State, and Installation medical professionals, we continue under these precautions and restrictions with everyone’s health in mind. Thank you for working together to Stop the Spread!

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12/06/2020

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“When we light this tree and when we drive by tonight and over the next few weeks, my prayer, and that of the chapel community, is that it will help to illuminate the hopes and hopefulness of this community — especially during this time of pandemic.”

— Chaplain (Col.) Allen Staley, Fort Bliss installation chaplain

We’re in the spirit this socially-distant weekend. See us Sunday here on Facebook and over on Instagram for more from Friday’s socially-distant holiday tree lighting on west Bliss. #familiesservehere #tistheseason

(U.S. Army photos by David Poe, USAG Fort Bliss)

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12/06/2020

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#WomenWhoInspire | A woman of firsts, Sandra Stosz became the first female graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy to be promoted to a flag officer. She was also the first woman to command the USCGC Katmai Bay.

An academy alum herself, Stosz served as a Vice Admiral and the Superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, where she helped develop cadets into Coast Guard leaders.

Her final active-duty assignment was as Deputy Commandant for Mission Support.

We are proud to share #HERstory.

To learn more about women in the Coast Guard, please visit https://www.womensmemorial.org/history/detail/?s=coast-guard-ship-commanders

#HerMemorial

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12/01/2020

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Today marks the end of National Veterans and Military Families Month, but please keep these brave men and women in your hearts all year round and continue to honor them for their service. #July4thPBS #MilitaryFamilyMonth #MilitaryFamilies #Military #Veterans #ThankYou

11/26/2020
Recognition of our deceased perpetual members was held  today. Names of all deceased members were read and recognized fo...
11/21/2020

Recognition of our deceased perpetual members was held today. Names of all deceased members were read and recognized for their contributions to the Order.

11/21/2020

Lt.Col. C. F. Hamilton presented the Homeland Security minute regarding current scams.

Eagle Scout Luis Bustamonte, Troop 123, sponsored by the  Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Horizon, was recognized with the ...
11/21/2020

Eagle Scout Luis Bustamonte, Troop 123, sponsored by the Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Horizon, was recognized with the MOWW Eagle Scout Recognition certificate.

Tess English, Field Director,  Yucca Council Scouts USA spoke about her experience in the Navy and her role with Scoutin...
11/21/2020

Tess English, Field Director, Yucca Council Scouts USA spoke about her experience in the Navy and her role with Scouting. She spoke via Zoom from Tuscon, AZ. Thank you Tess!

Luncheon agenda
11/21/2020

Luncheon agenda

Chapter hybrid luncheon meeting today.
11/21/2020

Chapter hybrid luncheon meeting today.

Staff meeting held tonight via Zoom. Companion David Thackston joined us from the hospital where he is recovering.  Cont...
11/17/2020

Staff meeting held tonight via Zoom. Companion David Thackston joined us from the hospital where he is recovering. Continue getting well David. It was great to see you!

11/11/2020

Happy Veteran's Day! Thank you for your service.

11/05/2020
10/31/2020
El Paso VA Health Care System

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October 29, 2020 Veteran Telephone Town Hall FAQs

With the dramatic increase in COVID cases in El Paso, how is the VA affected?

We are reverting to a temporary Transition to Phase I due to the significant spike in the number of new COVID-19 cases in the community, the high hospitalization rates and high ICU occupancy rates. Our clinical staff are reviewing all patients with scheduled appointments for the next two weeks to determine who must be seen in person and who should be seen via VA Video Connect or Telephone. If you need to be seen, you will be seen. We participate in daily calls with the City of El Paso and WBAMC to ensure an aligned response.

Additionally, we are planning for the best way to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine to all of our Veterans and employees when it becomes available.

Do I still need to have an appointment to go into the VA?

Yes, everyone must have an appointment to enter the facility. Many of our services have shifted to virtual and/or the parking lot to streamline our delivery of health care. Only one person is allowed to enter the building with each patient.

Can I bring my kids to my appointment with me?

No. Persons under the age of 18 are not allowed to enter the facility. Please make appropriate arrangements in advance. We cannot have unaccompanied children left alone, outside of the building, in cars, etc. while you go in for your appointment. This is to ensure everyone’s safety and well-being.

Are Ambulatory Surgery services still available?

Yes, as of now we will continue to perform scheduled cases.

What does the Face Covering Policy entail?

Everyone must continue to wear face coverings at all times while on our campus unless a provider asks a patient to remove their masks for clinical exam or medical care. Please remember that as of September 28, bandanas and face masks with vents are NO LONGER ALLOWED on the premises.

The center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends everyone wear a mask that has two or more layers of washable and breathable fabric, fits snugly against the sides of your face without gaps and completely cover your mouth AND nose.

When will the Northeast Community Based Outpatient Clinic (NCBOC) Open?

We have leased a building on Sanders Avenue and are working with the lessor to make renovations to the building. We anticipate opening the clinic to Veteran patients by the end of the year.

Patients who live in that area and who will be assigned to that clinic should have received a letter by mail introducing Ms. Amy Straley as the new NCBOC manager and welcoming Veterans to what will be our newest site of care!

Have MEB and C&P Exam Updates resumed?

Yes. The Veterans Benefit Administration has started sending out the request for these exams to the contractors. If you were previously scheduled for these exams, they are working the list to reschedule from the oldest cancellation to the newest.

Why should I receive the Flu Shot this year?

The Center for Disease Control reports that the flu vaccine reduces your risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death. This year it can also help save resources needed in healthcare settings for COVID-19 by preventing flu infections and reducing flu related hospitalizations. For our patients with chronic conditions, the flu vaccine is an effective preventative tool.

The drive-thru clinic is a safe and effective way to protect yourself and others this flu season and as of yesterday we received a new stock of high-dose flu vaccines for those 65 and older.

We are offering flu shots at the main facility via drive thru near the Alabama gate entrance. Available Mon- Fri from 0900-1400 and Veterans need to present their VA ID card and wear a mask as they approach the drive-thru.

In addition to our daily drive-thru here at the El Paso VA, we are also offering flu vaccines at our CBOC locations, with walk in hours every afternoon after 1300.

Veterans can also receive flu vaccines at Walgreens and Wal-Mart free of charge. We would however encourage you to call ahead of time to see if they have the high dose flu vaccine available before you go.

Are you still offering COVID tests?

Yes. Please note a change in our COVID testing process. As of October 5, 2020 - When your provider orders a COVID test you will need to call our call center at (915) 564-6100 option 2 to schedule the testing via our curbside services. As a reminder we are only testing symptomatic Veterans or those that will be having certain procedures performed here at the El Paso VA.

Are there any updates for Veterans requesting Mental Health Services?

Yes. Mental Health Services is temporarily suspending all change in provider requests due to staffing shortages. We are working to fill our vacancies as quickly as possible. We are still providing urgent Same Day Access services at all of our facilities including the South Central Wellness Center.

If you need Mental Health Services, please notify your Primary Care Team. There are Mental Health providers embedded in each Primary Care Team. Otherwise contact the Mental Health phone number at (915) 564-6159.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a Mental Health crisis, please call the 24 hour Veterans’ Hot Line (staff members are always standing by to assist you) at 1-800-273-8255. Alternatively lease dial 9-1-1, or report to the nearest Emergency Room.

Has the Tobacco Cessation program been suspended during the pandemic?

No. Here at your El Paso VA, we have a program with professionals ready to help you if you want to quit tobacco. We have an introduction class every Wednesday at 2 pm in Specialty Clinic 1 for which you must currently make an appointment.

During this course treatment options are discussed such as ways nicotine patches, gum and lozenges can help you quit in addition to other medications that can curve your desire to smoke.

For our tech savvy Veterans, the VA developed an app that you can download for free: Stay Quit Coach. If you prefer to text, you may send the word “vet” to 47848 and you will interact with a system that can help you in your quitting journey. We have a VA Tobacco Quitline called Quit Vet both in English and Spanish. Call 1-855-QUIT-VET (1-855-784-8838) between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday. For any questions, please call the Tobacco Cessation Lead clinician, Art Camacho at 564-6100x 7018.

Quitting tobacco is one of the best things you can do for your health. Smoking harms the lungs, heart, and nearly every organ in the body. Quitting tobacco will improve not only your lungs, but your overall health as well. Within a few days of quitting, blood circulation in your mouth improves, within a few weeks your breathing improves, after a few months your risk of having a heart attack or stroke decreases, and in the long run, your chances of having lung cancer will also decrease. Not to mention that you will save a lot of money. One pack a day usually costs about $2,500 a year here in El Paso.

Please note that we have received reports of Veterans being belligerent with staff – Leadership has been notified that some patients are yelling at, raising their voices and acting overall aggressive with our staff members (especially in the call center and patient advocacy) about transfers to the Westside and Northeast Community Based Outpatient Clinics. Please do not raise your voices with our staff as this is not going to result in a change to the outcome.

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10/30/2020

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El Paso County has issued Order No. 13 effective 11:59 p.m., Oct. 29 to 11:59 p.m., Nov. 11. Please continue to stay home unless providing or accessing essential services, and observe safe practices including social distancing, wearing a face covering, washing hands frequently, and limiting time in public.

10/30/2020
Fort Bliss, Texas

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Effective immediately, Fort Bliss will operate at essential services only: cancellation of the Spooktacular Halloween event; closures of Biggs Park, Underwood Golf Course, Bowling Center, Centennial Club, Soldiers Activity Center/Warrior Zone, and Tennis Courts.

The Child Development Centers will operate at current levels, Fitness Centers and lap swim at the Aquatic Center remain open, however, no instructor-led classes and no change to ACS services.

The main Exchange, Shoppettes, Military Clothing Sales, Commissary, Class VI, and Barbershops will remain open. Restaurants and Freedom Crossing will be limited to 25% capacity. All other retail stores will be closed. RV park remains open.

Today there was a special Region XIII Zoom meeting to discuss membership recommendations for future action.
10/22/2020

Today there was a special Region XIII Zoom meeting to discuss membership recommendations for future action.

Region  XIII Commander LTC Patrick Stolze presented a National Citation to HPM Laura Beltran. The Citation is signed by ...
10/17/2020

Region XIII Commander LTC Patrick Stolze presented a National Citation to HPM Laura Beltran. The Citation is signed by the MOWW Commander-in- Chief LTC Charles D. Chamberlin. This is an award for activities of the past operating year. Presentation was delayed due to the pandemic. Congratulations Laura! Thanks for all you do.

A Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Region XIII Commander LTC Patrick Stolze for his role as speaker  for tod...
10/17/2020

A Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Region XIII Commander LTC Patrick Stolze for his role as speaker for today's meeting. Thanks to him for driving in from Phoenix to attend the meeting!

A Certificate of Appreciation was presented to the Management and Staff of Applebee's Restaurant & Grill, 1985 George Di...
10/17/2020

A Certificate of Appreciation was presented to the Management and Staff of Applebee's Restaurant & Grill, 1985 George Dieter for their assistance with the facilities for our meeting today.
Applebee's General Manager Manny Pinon accepted the award.

Congratulations to the incoming Staff who were installed by Region Commander LTC Patrick Stolze at today's Chapter lunch...
10/17/2020

Congratulations to the incoming Staff who were installed by Region Commander LTC Patrick Stolze at today's Chapter luncheon.

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PO Box 6566
El Paso, TX
79906-0566

General information

SUMMARY OF TYPES OF CHAPTER ACTIVITIES The El Paso Chapter is involved in numerous activities. Those of particular merit are listed here. Massing of the Colors - This is an annual event which is open to the public. It features the massed color guards of active and reserve component military units, ROTC units, patriotic organizations, as well as Boy and Girl Scout color guards. Highlights of the event include band music and a brief speech by a distinguished guest. ROTC Awards and Recognitions - Outstanding Cadets of local high schools and colleges are presented MOWW medals, plaques, and trophies annually at appropriate ceremonies. These awards are sponsored by individual Chapter Companions. Additionally, selected Cadets are invited to our annual “ROTC and Youth” luncheon, normally held at the February meeting. This event is usually our meeting with the largest attendance. Patriotic Education - This program includes essay contests on patriotic themes for Elementary and High School students and ROTC Cadets. Visits are made to promote appreciation for Flag and patriotism, usually accompanied by donation of appropriate books to the school’s library. The Veterans Day presentation at as many as twenty elementary schools has proven very popular. The Chapter usually has more requests for presentations that we can cover. Citizen-of-the-Year - Each year, the Chapter selects and recognizes an out-standing citizen for his or her significant contributions to the community, Law and Order - The Chapter annually selects and honors an outstanding individual for significant contributions of achievement in the area of law and order. Parades and Ceremonies - Chapter Companions serve as color bearers, guards, and marching units for Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, and Independence Day ceremonies and similar functions. Speakers Program - The Chapter provides speakers on subjects supporting our Preamble. These speakers are available to organizations on request. Youth Leadership Conferences -The Chapter is one of the most active chapters of the Order in the support and conduct of Youth leadership Conferences (YLC). The Chapter annually conducts a nationally recognized YLC at Fort Bliss. In addition the Chapter co-sponsors the Sunbelt-Roswell YLC each year. The Chapter also sponsors students to other YLC’s such as the Arizona YLC (16 years) and the Sunbelt Northern New Mexico Conference (10 years). These conferences have been a major factor in the development of hundreds of students. Youth Leadership Forum - Annually, the Chapter conducts a one-day Youth Leadership Forum for High School students from throughout the El Paso area.

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