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  • Tribute to Frank Flores

    by Representative Dina Titus

    Posted on 2013-12-19

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    TITUS of nevada 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 earned.

    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.


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