Veterans commission holds meeting to clear the air

The Veterans Commission kept things cordial at the meeting held this morning at Adelup.

The Veterans Commission kept things cordial at the meeting held Friday morning at Adelup as the commission members came face to face with Veterans Affairs Director Fred Bordallo despite earlier concerns expressed by some members in Bordallo’s ability to head the agency.

It’s no secret that members of the Veteran’s Commission have concerns regarding Veterans Affairs Director Fred Bordallo. As commission member Barry Mead has stated: “Our current director is a veteran who doesn’t have any idea of how to deal with the VA.”

The concerns raised by veterans were amplified by FY 2020 budget talks for the VA office which is substantially lower than the one million dollars that some veterans requested the Bordallo to fight for.

During the Veterans Commission meeting on Thursday, Brian Miranda, the current chairman of the VA Commission, said: “There has been a lot of discussion and words put in my mouth and the commission’s mouth and unless I say it or it comes from me, at no time did I ask for his (Bordallo’s) resignation. I don’t like words put in my mouth and most of the time if it comes from this commission it, comes from these members to me and from me to everybody else. If people do not like that, let me know and somebody else can run this. Until then, I am tired of stuff being told out there that I did not say and I will not stand for it.”


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Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.