Deodoro “Joe” Aguilar, a member of American Legion Francis M. Bunch, Post 48, will be inducted into the Arizona Veteran Hall of Fame on Fri., Oct. 25. The induction ceremony will be held at the El Zaribah Auditorium in Phoenix.
On Thurs., Oct. 24, reception for the Class of 2013 will be held, with Governor Brewer, as part of the evening’s activities. Previous members of Arizona Hall of Fame Classes will also be there with many other volunteers.
Mr. Aguilar was considered for this honor, for his total commitment to the veterans and his commitment to his community, including the youth.
Mr. Aguilar served in the United States Army active for 5-years, honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant. He has been a member of the American Legion for 41 years. He has been very involved in Veterans Rights and Benefits, while serving as National Officer of the American Legion, and in the Department level in the State. Mr. Aguilar was appointed to the Super Committee before the Senate on Veterans Rights and Benefits by the National Commander of the American Legion.
Mr. Aguilar,has been involved with the Boy’s State program for 31 years and was the Liaison Officer for the Girls State program for many years. He is on the Board of Directors of Boys State for the last 20 years. He has been presented the Annual Junior/ Senior High School Awards since 1977, for a total of 36-years.
He has worked with Service Officers and worked with veterans in helping prepare their paperwork for the V.A. Hospital and benefits. He has helped the family members of veterans obtain grave markers for their loved ones, and has obtained financial assistance for veterans who are without a job, have a family and are in need of short-term financial assistance.
He has served and been involved in the Boots for Warriors program, many committees and spends time in Indianapolis and Washington D.C, and meets with committees on Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation. He is very dedicated to the Four Pillars of the American Legion.
He was elected the State Commander of the American Legion and elected State Commander of the Honor Society of the American Legion, known as the Forty et Eight. He served as a National Officer, as the National Executive Committeeman from Arizona, representing the American Legion Department of Arizona from 2004-2012, and is seeking re-election to that office again.