Washington, D.C. – Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva today announced the final formation of a Veteran Advisory Council that will advise him on veterans and related issues. The council will set its own schedule and agenda and will not be overseen by Rep. Grijalva’s office, although an office representative may attend meetings in accordance with Congressional advisory guidelines.
Biographies of each of the eight members are available below. The group expects to hold its first independent meeting in March.
Veteran Advisory Council
Miguel F. Ronquillo: A retired veteran who served our country for many years and now works as a school monitor. His primary goal is making sure fellow veterans obtain proper medical treatment at Veterans Hospitals or medical facilities.
Organizations: Active member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Nogales High School Band Boosters President, Fraternal Order of Police, Junior Chamber of Commerce, Nogales Volunteer Fire Department
William W Wiseman II: A sergeant major in the United States Marine Corps. His primary goals are ensuring that veterans receive quality mental health follow-up treatment, ensuring that the well-being of spouses is considered in policy decisions, and educating young service members to prepare them financially for civilian life.
Organizations: United States Marine Corps
William F. Chagnon: A state legislature officer for Veterans of Foreign Wars for the Department of Arizona. His primary goals are to get full funding for the VA and to reform the Survivors Benefit Plan.
Organizations: Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of Arizona, Tucson VA Service Officer, American Legion
Matthew W. Randle: The founder and former director of the University of Arizona Veterans Education and Transition Services (V.E.T.S.) office, and a recent University of Arizona graduate. His primary goals include changing the culture surrounding disability claims, helping to investigate false claims, and replicating the V.E.T.S program on campuses across the country.
Organizations: University of Arizona, several governmental advisory positions
Steve W. Aguirre: The commander of American Legion Post 59, where he has been involved for 20 years. His primary goals include helping veterans find job opportunities, helping those struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), providing transitional housing for returning servicemen servicewomen.
Organizations: Cocio Estrada American Legion Post 59, Adjutant for the American Legion Riders (ALR)
Victoria A Stypula: Vice President of the AZ-2 Saguaro Chapter of the Women Marines Association, where she has served for 3 years. Her primary goals include ensuring Medicare is focusing on veterans with PTSD, helping veterans with job difficulties due to PTSD, making Medicare more accessible, and using better public awareness campaigns to inform members of available services.
Organizations: Women Marines Association AZ-2 Saguaro Chapter, El Cortez Heights Neighborhood Association, Mansfield Park Neighbors Coalition, National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (Tucson Chapter), several city and county committees
Sheron Lee Jones: The Second Vice President of Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, she strives to make life better for all of American’s veterans and their families as well as ensuring that their ultimate sacrifice is not forgotten. Her main objective is to aid veterans in becoming a part of communities by getting them to work, helping them speak about what they feel and help them understand there are people in the community who want to help them.
Organizations: Ladies Auxiliary Military Order of the Purple Heart, American Gold Star Mothers, Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary, Tucson Troop Support
Warren C. Humphrey: A veteran who served for more than five years and has advocated for veterans since leaving service. He has volunteered with the Stop Gun Violence and Commit to a Life of Non-Violence programs with the Tucson Police Department. His primary goals include reducing cultural bigotry, which insults veterans; decreasing veterans’ financial burdens; and speeding veteran appeal times.
Organizations: TPD volunteer