Local VFW Honors Morongo for Ongoing, Extraordinary Support

VFW Post 233 in Beaumont presents Morongo with its Patriot Partner Award, recognizing how the tribe has gone ‘beyond the call of duty’ in helping support the VFW and veterans.

BEAUMONT, CA -- Citing the tribe’s continuing commitment to aiding active duty and former military service personnel, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 233 in Beaumont presented the Morongo Band of Mission Indians with its second annual Patriot Partner Award on Sunday, March 6.

“At Morongo, our tribal members have served in all branches of the military in peacetime and in war, from World War II to Operation Desert Storm to active duty personnel who are serving today,” Tribal Chairman Robert Martin said “Our tribe is very proud of our members who have served the military, and we are proud to support the VFW Post 233 and the important work it does across the San Gorgonio Pass and beyond.”

VFW officials praised Morongo for the tribe’s ongoing dedication to military veterans and the tribe’s continued support of services and programs that Post 233 offers.

“The Morongo Band of Mission Indians has gone above and beyond the call of duty in helping us fulfill our commitment to helping veterans,” VFW Post 233 Commander Richard Day said in a letter to the tribe.

Local police officers, firefighters and teachers were also honored at the VFW’s Community Awards Day, held at the Sun Lakes Country Club’s main ballroom.

VFW Post 233 Pass works with community partners like Morongo to serve local veterans, as well as veterans from other areas. Services range from helping a vet file a claim at the Veterans Administration to emergency housing, education assistance, crisis management, or just a cup of coffee and some camaraderie.

The Post has also been working with military servicewomen and their families who are homeless and struggling after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Photo 1: Elena Kim, assistant to Congressman Raul Ruiz, congratulates Morongo Tribal Chairman Martin (right) on receiving Sunday’s award from VFW Post 233 Commander Richard Day (center).

Photo 2: Morongo Tribal Chairman Martin (left) with VFW Post 233 Commander Richard Day and Rosilicie Bogh, district representative for Assemblyman Chad Mayes.

Photo 3: Banning Mayor pro tem George Moyer (left), Rosilicie Bogh, district representative for Assemblyman Chad Mayes, Elena Kim, assistant to Congressman Raul Ruiz, VFW Post 233 Commander Richard Day, Morongo Tribal Chairman Martin and Jim Lillibridge, quartermaster of VFW Post 233.