Society of Military Widows


By Cheri Fisher and Su Phelps, Photos by Su Phelps

The Society of Military Widows Chapter 34 held their monthly meeting on May 20th at the Las Vegas National Golf Club.

Katie Combs from Combs Brothers, LLC and her cousin Sarah Stallard (Farm Manager) was one of the guest speakers. The Combs family has been pig farmers for over 6 generations. The Combs family broke ground for Las Vegas Livestock in 2016 and it is a feeder to finisher operation that currently has 3,000 pigs, and also has around 300 chickens. Katie brought a few chicks with her that were a big hit to young and old alike.

Joan Frayer from Neuropathy and Pain Center introduced Barbara Ruscingno, a nurse from the Neuropathy and Pain Center was another guest speaker that explained the pain system we all have and how opioids have affected many veterans. They also explained the benefits of coming to the pain center and how they can help.

The day was also a day where they asked some of the candidates that are running for different offices a question, ” What they are going to do for the Veterans and SMW members?” The guests were:

Sarah Gazala, asked for the voters to give input to her so she can better serve the Veterans and families

Jim Small, stated that he will work hard for the veterans and will listen to their needs

Minddie LLoyd, stated that we need to uplift our veterans, seniors and children and we need to have powerful leadership.

Derek Uehara, stated that he will handle the states assets prudently and responsibly, also he talked about the unclaimed moneys that may be available to people.

Victor Ross (for Catherine Cortez Masto), stated that he wants to address the issues of transportation, services and benefits that are available to the Veterans and the members of SMW.

Barbara Rodgick, a member of SMW, spoke on how she is going to be an activist for widow benefits

Judy Cobb, spoke about Wreaths Across America Events which Chapter 34 is helping promote.