Gilbert Town Council creates veterans advisory board

Gilbert Town Council
The Gilbert Town Council approved the creation of a Veteran and Military Advisory Board on May 19. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Gilbert Town Council approved the creation of a Veteran and Military Advisory Board on May 19. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Gilbert Town Council voted May 19 to create a Veteran and Military Advisory Board.

Council Member Bill Spence, a former U.S. Navy lieutenant commander, will serve as the council liaison.

The board will work on veterans initiatives and programs of interest to the town. It will include subcommittees on specific topics.

Council also approved $5,000 from the general contingency fund to support the board.

Council voted 6-0 for approval of both items with Council Member Jared Taylor absent.


The town will accept applications for board positions May 21-31 through a page on the town website.

In a short meeting, Mayor Jenn Daniels also proclaimed May as Mental Health Awareness month and showed a video produced by the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee in conjunction with it.
By Tom Blodgett

Editor, Gilbert

Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent more than 30 years in journalism in Arizona and joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2018 to launch the Gilbert edition. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he served as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication from 2005-19 and remains editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.