Tribute to Frank Floresby Representative Dina Titus
Posted on 2013-12-19
in the house of representatives
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Ms. TITUS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to the life of
Frank Flores, known lovingly by his friends and family as ``Apo,''
``Cabeza,'' or ``Tagasi,'' who dedicated his life to his country and
his family. Mr. Flores was born on October 25, 1950, in Guam. He
graduated in 1968 from George Washington High School and enlisted in
the United States Air Force and retired in October 1990 at Los Angeles
Air Force Base (Space and Missile System Contracting Division) as a
Master Sergeant. After his retirement from the Air Force, Mr. Flores
continued his service to our country by joining the Veterans
Administration, where he performed a number of duties to assist his
fellow veterans. During his time at the VA, he rose from a GS 7 Trainee
Veterans Benefits Counselor and retired as a GS 13 after just nine
years. Mr. Flores served in a number of capacities, including as a
Congressional Liaison Officer and as a Decision Review Officer.
Following his retirement from the VA, Mr. Flores founded the Project
Guiding Light Veterans Volunteer Advocacy Group, an organization
focused on helping veterans navigate the benefits process at the VA.
The group works closely with veterans and other Veterans Service
Organizations to help veterans receive all of the benefits they have
Mr. Flores worked extensively with the National Association of Chamorro Veterans in America (NOCVA), an organization seeking to unite and organize Chamorro veterans across the United States to advocate on behalf of the Chamorro people. The organization, which was founded in 2011, has focused its efforts on honoring Chamorro veterans, and serving as their voice in Washington. The Chamorro ancestry traces back to Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.
Mr. Flores spent his entire life serving others, and helped thousands of veterans through his tireless advocacy and dedication. His legacy will endure and serve as an example to us all.