At their regular monthly meeting on April 2nd, 2016, members of California’s Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 66 in Palm Springs were surprised by the appearance of a very special guest. Following an invitation extended to him just two weeks earlier, Mayor Robert Moon showed up at the meeting with his husband of eight years, Bob Hammack.
The reason for the invitation was two-fold: First, the group wanted to familiarize Mayor Moon with the DAV organization and all that it does to help local Palm Springs area veterans. Second, and perhaps more important, they wanted to reach out to the Mayor in order to begin a synergistic relationship between the city of Palm Springs and the DAV organization. Their hope is that together they can assist even more local area veterans secure their earned benefits and otherwise live more fulfilling lives.
Mayor Moon, a veteran himself, holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He served as an officer in the United States Navy for 22 years, retiring with the rank of Commander. During those 22 years of commissioned service he spent 14+ years at sea, including multiple tours in the Middle East, Persian Gulf, and Mediterranean, as well as most of the Atlantic and Pacific regions. While in the Navy his tours ashore included budget manager for the Vice Chief of Naval Operations for Surface Warfare and as the Deputy Director of Operations and Director of Information Technology for the Office of Naval Research.
Following a formal slideshow presentation, local Palm Springs DAV Chapter 66 Commander Frank Gillette awarded the Mayor with an honorary lifetime membership to the national organization. He also presented the mayor with a tee shirt bearing the Palm Springs DAV Chapter’s new logo. (Click here to view the presentation.)
Local Disabled American Veterans Chapter 66 is now anxiously waiting to hear back from Mayor Moon to learn how the city of Palm Springs plans on assisting them as they support and aid as many Palm Springs area veterans as possible.