Guam – A new organization formed by veterans of the Iraq, Afghanistan, and Persian Gulf Wars to serve the needs of veterans and their families was recognized at the Legislature today. The Iraq, Afghanistan, and Persian Gulf Veterans of the Pacific (IAPGVP) was formed by Retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt Rodney Cruz Jr in an effort to give local veterans a voice in the national dialog.
Since its formation on Guam in December of last year, IAPGVP has grown to more than 500 members, and expanded to include chapters in the CNMI, Chuuk, Palau, Pohnpei, and the Philippines.
During a resolution presentation in the legislative public hearing room today, crux explained that he decided to start the group memory of a fellow soldier who was killed in action while serving in Iraq.
“It was the 10th anniversary for my driver Wesley Rivera who was the first KIA in Iraq and I remembered that I would never forget his service for our country and the sacrifice we did,” Cruz said. “And to live on that memory was to form an organization for the younger, the newer generation
of veterans here on island in the Pacific.”
IAPGVP has already created a homeless transition home for veterans, and offers several other services. For more information on the organization you can call 472-7159 or visit their website: islandsoja.org