News & Updates

  • Lake Havasu City’s London Bridge Days are being celebrated this month. Military Moms will be participating in the London Bridge Days Parade on October 25 for the fifth year. The Messmer family, owners of the Boat Brokers, dedicated Ironside, one of their antique fire trucks, to us to ride in the parade. Watch for us and yell hello to us!

  • January 10, 2015

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  • January 5, 2015

    Today and Tomorrow we are undergoing some website maintenance.
    Some pages, links and pictures may be unavailable during this time.
    We apologize for the inconvenience, and everything should be back up and running in the next day or so.

  • October 10, 2014

    On SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1, Military Moms will be in front of Walmart, Smith’s, Walgreen’s, and Kmart for our “Operation Christmas” project, when we ask shoppers to purchase a few items for our Christmas care packages to the troops. Please drop by one of those stores and purchase something for our Lake Havasu troops who are deployed during the holidays and drop the items in our box when you leave the store. Our troops especially appreciate beef jerky, foods like stew, ravioli, etc. in poptop cans, granola/energy bars, dental floss, and socks (long tube, not crew or ankle). See complete list under “Care Packages” on this website. And thank you for supporting our troops!
  • October 5, 2014

    Our November meeting has been changed from the 26th to the 19th because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

  • October 1, 2014

    Today Military Moms were in front of Walmart, Smith’s, Walgreen’s, and Kmart for our “Operation Christmas” project, when we ask shoppers to purchase a few items for our Christmas care packages to the troops. Lake Havasu City is a very patriotic and generous community, and shoppers today gave generously to help us send out care packages to our local deployed troops. We will have another Operation Christmas event on Saturday, November 1 at the same stores.

  • September 28, 2014

    Today is National Gold Star Mothers Day, and the Military Moms honored Lake Havasu City’s Gold Star Mothers with our annual GSM Day ceremony in Wheeler Park. Present were Lori Deysie, whose son Tyler was KIA May 9, 2008 in Paktia Province, Afghanistan; Janet Mahan, whose son-in-law Eric Hammar was KIA July 14, 2012 in Khost province, Afghanistan; and Debbie Tinnell, whose son Patrick was KIA April 19, 2006 in Siniyah, Iraq. Gold Star Mother Mona Hester was unable to attend.
    The Marine Corps League Honor Guard posted the Colors. Also attending were our local American Legion, VFW, DAV, Young Marines, and Civil Air Patrol. Mayor Mark Nexsen read a proclamation, speakers were our State Senator Kelli Ward, Representative Sonny Borrelli, and Tim McCoy, Commandant of the Marine Corps League.
    God Bless all Gold Star Mothers for their sacrifice of giving their sons and daughters up for our country.
    See photos of the ceremony in Photo Gallery 2 on this website.
  • September 4, 2014

    The Veterans Court of Lake Havasu is growing by leaps and bounds, Military Moms has a representative on the newly created Veterans Court Resource Team, which will serve as advisors to the Court. The advisors, or “Navigators,” are being trained to evaluate veterans’ needs in order to give the Court suggestions as to what types of services a veteran going before the Court needs, such as counseling, drug or alcohol programs, housing assistance, healthcare, and so on. Our representative has created an Intake Form for use by the Court and Navigators, and also a Resource Guide of services available in Lake Havasu for veterans’ needs. We’re proud and honored to be of service to our veterans who have so valiantly served our country and now need our help

  • September 1, 2014

    Our sock drive for the troops was a huge success! We were able to send at least six pairs of socks to each troop, in addition to bags of candy, toothbrushes and toothpaste, and foot powder. We shipped 38 boxes. We thank the community for being so generous in helping us to help our troops! Coming up next is our Christmas shipment, our largest of the year.

  • August 30, 2014

    LHC Military Moms are continuing to provide assistance to local veterans in need. We recently paid a veteran’s electric bill and helped toward another’s plumbing bill. It is our country’s duty to take care of our veterans.

  • August 11, 2014

    LHC Military Moms are now members of the Lake Havasu Veterans Coalition. The Coalition of various veterans advocacy organizations of Havasu is working with the new Lake Havasu City Veterans Court to set goals for the Court and decide how best the Coalition can assist the Court and veterans who go through the court program.
    The first meeting of the Coalition and Judge Kalauli, coordinator of the Havasu Veterans Court, was last week, and there were a lot of good ideas passed around. Discussions were started on how the Veterans Coalition will interact with and assist the Veterans Court. There will be training for “navigators” who will process veterans and set up individual programs based on their needs. The main goal is to reach the veterans who can be helped by the Court diversion process. We will be setting up booths at various events in Havasu to get information out to veterans and their families, and we’re developing a book of resources available so that when a vet comes to us for help we’ll be able to decide immediately which organization can best help him or her. Will keep you updated on progress of the Coalition.
    The Havasu Veterans Court is going so well that the next Court will be set up in Bullhead, then Kingman, hopefully by the end of this year. The Havasu court began with 10 veterans, then 30, and this month there are 15 more waiting to go through the system. The graduation of the first four veterans from Veterans Court in Havasu will be September 12.
    The goal of Veterans Court is to rehabilitate and restore veterans as active, contributing members of their community. The Veterans Court program focuses on veterans who are currently in, or entering, the Criminal Justice System. The Court creates and supervises treatment plans to address the underlying causes of the veterans behavior and substance abuse issues. Issues commonly addressed by the treatment programs include PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, anger issues, domestic violence, alcohol abuse, and drug abuse. Diversion-eligible veterans who successfully complete the program may have their cases dismissed.
    This is an amazing program that will be a huge help to veterans with issues that prevent them from successfully complying with the rules of ordinary courts. Veterans courts are in their infancy, but already they are proving that veterans, with the right support and guidance, can become productive members of society.
  • August 9, 2014

    We’re having a sock drive for our care package shipment this month. Donation boxes will be in Born’s Best Sandwiches in the Smith’s center, and Lake Havasu City Properties in the Safeway center until August 22. Packing will be on August 24. Socks must be white or gray, long tube style (not crew or ankle). We’re also collecting foot powder in shaker containers. No aerosol, please, as they can’t be shipped. Bags of candy will also be accepted for this shipment, but no chocolate.

  • June 28, 2014

    Military Moms are helping more and more veterans in our community. This month we assisted another female veteran who is having difficulty keeping up her home. She has sewer and plumbing problems, and we contributed to help her pay for a plumber.
    We are grateful for the donations we receive from other organizations in Lake Havasu, as well as from individuals. Those donations enable us to continue sending out care packages and help our local veterans in need.
  • May 28, 2014

    Military Moms participated in Lake Havasu City’s Memorial Day ceremony, leading the Pledge of Allegiance. Gold Star Mother Debbie Tinnell laid a wreath on the grave of her son, Patrick Tinnell, who was KIA April 19, 2006 in Iraq.
    This month we sent out about 20 troop boxes. In April we sent out 600 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies that were donated to us by several local Girl Scout troops. See our Photo Gallery for photos of two platoons who sent us pictures of them with the cookies. Our next troop shipment will be in August.
  • April 12, 2014

    We were able to assist another veteran this month, this time a homeless female veteran who was trying to get back to family in Colorado. We received a call from the Veterans Resource Center about helping her, because she had no income and was 3 days behind on her motel bill. We paid the past due motel bill, plus an additional day until VRC was able to help her get to Colorado.

  • April 12, 2014

    We have completed a big project to help a local veteran in need. A friend of his contacted us to ask if we could help him pay to have his roof repaired. His insurance company threatened to drop his coverage in two weeks if he didn’t repair his roof. The vet was unable to afford the cost of the repairs, so we contacted 12 other veterans and civic groups to pitch in. We raised not only enough to repair the roof on his home, but to also almost completely rebuild and paint his carport roof, which was in very poor condition.


  • April 10, 2014

    Our golf tournament was another great success! The money raised will help us to send our care packages out to Havasu deployed troops, and also to help local veterans in need during the next year. Thanks to all who played, and to our sponsors and all who donated so generously.

  • March 5, 2014

    Military Moms participated in the Veterans StandDown in Bullhead City, hosted by the  Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council of Mohave County, AZ. This was the second year, and we plan to participate every year. There were many services provided: help to obtain veterans benefits, to obtain drivers licenses, dental care, court assistance, housing, food stamps, and clothing. The StandDown provides them with all meals during the event. Many community organizations help out, including Goodwill Industries, and the Department of Defense with surplus sleeping bags, tents, blankets, boots, and more. There is no better way to help homeless and at-risk veterans than with StandDowns, and we are proud to be a part of it.

  • February 18, 2014

    Lake Havasu City Military Moms 5th Annual RGA Golf Tournament will be held on Sunday, March 30 at the London Bridge Courses, 2400 Clubhouse Dr, Lake Havasu City, Our tournament is the largest charity tournament in Lake Havasu, and we usually completely fill both golf courses.
    Player fees are $35 for active duty, $50 for veterans, and $55 for non-veterans. Shotgun start is 8 a.m. Prize buy-in is included in the fee, as well as golf cart and lunch. We always have a large selection of raffle prizes, including a barbecue and a folding bicycle this year. And if you wear a Military Moms Red Friday shirt or College Street Brewery Red Friday shirt in the tournament, your name will be put in a drawing. The winner will have his player fee returned.
    On Saturday, March 29, the Military Moms Mixer will be held at the London Bridge Golf Course Clubhouse from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Music and $1 beer.
    Registration forms can be picked up at the London Bridge Courses, at the Havasu Phone Book at 1947 McCulloch Blvd. # 101, or by email by calling Judy Lacey at 928-855-8470. Deadline for registrations is March 27, but we recommend you register before that as the Tournament fills up fast.
    This is our only big fundraiser of the year. Funds raised help us pay for the care packages we send to deployed troops, and for assistance we give to veterans in need.
    If you would like to be a Tournament sponsor with a donation of $100 or more, please contact Kathy McCraw at 928-486-490
  • Friday, January 24, 2014

    Please pass this on to all veterans you know:
    On Friday, 17 January 2014, there was a breach of the eBenefits website that is run by the Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA is conducting an independent investigation. If you are a veteran registered with this website, you can call the VA directly at 1.800.827.1000 to learn whether your eBenefits information may have been compromised. If you are a WWP registered alumni, you can also reach out to your Benefits Service team at WWP.
    Department of Veterans Affairs: 1.800.827.1000
    Wounded Warrior Project Benefits Service Team:
  • Wednesday, January 22, 2014

    Tonight Military Moms made a special presentation to Dean Messmer, owner of Boat Brokers in Havasu. Dean, wife Sharon, and daughter Becca have been an ardent supporter of Lake Havasu Military Moms for years, and we wanted to thank him for that support. Several years ago, Dean designated one of his antique fire trucks, first “Woodside,” then “Ironside,” to Military Moms to ride in parades. Whenever we participate in a parade or event, we know they will be there for us – we never have to ask. This family is one of the most patriotic and community-minded family you’ll ever see.
    Tonight we presented a plaque to Dean to thank him for always supporting us. It’s a beautiful eagle, and an engraved-in-glass photo of Dean and Military Moms with Ironside. Thank you again, Dean, Sharon, and Becca, for your support of the military and of Military Moms of Havasu.
    Military Moms president Kathy McCraw presented the plaque to Dean.
  • Friday, January 17, 2014

    Lake Havasu City Military Moms shipped more than 100 care packages to deployed troops for Christmas. Here are two thank you cards we received – one from a USO in Afghanistan and one from a local person. This month we’re shipping our boxes for Valentine’s Day. Included in the boxes are Valentine cards made by schoolchildren at Jamaica Elementary School.

  • Monday, Nov. 4, 2013

    Congratulations to Chad Hertz, who was recently promoted to Corporal.

  • Monday, Nov. 4, 2013

    Flag Retirement Ceremony on Nov. 9, 10 a.m. at Campbell Ranch (very top of Chemehuevi Blvd). Bring your faded and torn flags to be burned in the most respectful manner.


  • Monday, Nov. 4, 2013

    Free dinner for all veterans on Veterans Day, Nov. 11 at Golden Corral. 4 to 9 p.m. Bring DD214 or VA Medical Card for proof of service.

  • Friday, Oct. 11, 2013

    Military Moms will attend the dedication of the new Patrick Tinnell Skate Park Saturday, Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. Our Gold Star Mothers of KIAs from Havasu will be honored.
    The new entrance to Rotary Park is now open (turn on Mulberry toward the lake), and it takes you directly to the Skate Park. Be there early because there are a lot of events this weekend and it will be hard to find parking. Bring your own chair.
  • Friday, Oct. 11, 2013

    Please put this date in your calendar and pass the word to all veterans you know.
    A VETERANS BENEFITS SEMINAR will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Lake Havasu City.
    This is sponsored by the DAV, and DAV National Service Officers will conduct the seminar and answer all questions.
  • October 1, 2013

    Please put this date in your calendar and pass the word to all veterans you know.
    A VETERANS BENEFITS SEMINAR will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Lake Havasu City.
    This is sponsored by the DAV, and DAV National Service Officers will conduct the seminar and answer all questions.
  • Friday, September 20, 2013

    A new Veterans group is starting in Mohave County. The Veterans Resource Group will meet monthly at the American Legion in Bullhead City on the 3rd Saturday of every month, 1100-1300, rain or shine. This will be a peer support group to share resources, not a clinical group. The group is open to all era Veterans. The first meeting is this Saturday, Sept. 21.

    VETERANS: A new VA clinic has opened in Laughlin. It’s behind the American Legion Post #60 back parking lot–at 1510 Bruce Woodbury Dr., Laughlin, NV 89029. Days/Hours of operation: Tuesday 7:30a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    To make appointments, call 702-701-3766.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013

    VETERANS: Be sure to attend this important forum on Veterans’ Benefits:
    Sen. McCain’s office will be holding informational forums across Arizona for veterans on expediting the claims process (The Fully Developed Claims (FDC) process). The first forum will be in Lake Havasu on September 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the LHC Council Chambers.
    Attending will be McCain staff, representatives from the Veterans Affairs Regional Office, and Veterans Service Officers (VSOs).
  • Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013

    Due to the contaminated water supply at Camp Lejeune Marine Base, the USMC is asking that anyone stationed there from the late 50s to the present register on line with the Corps at or call 1-877-261-9782.

  • Monday, Aug. 26, 2013

    Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter received the Medal of Honor Monday, Aug. 26 for his actions in Afghanistan during a firefight with the Taliban four years ago. Thank you for your bravery, SSgt Carter – America is grateful and proud of you.


We are mothers of sons and daughters serving, or who have served, in the United States Armed Forces. We support each other, our children, other troops and veterans from our community, and our community as a whole. We are also supporters of the military who may not have a family member serving but who want to support our military and veterans.



The two areas of America with the highest percentage of ongoing recruits/active-duty serving in the military are the state of Texas and Mohave County, Arizona.
Welcome to Lake Havasu City. . . the most patriotic city in America.


The Lake Havasu City Military Moms logo consists of the emblems of the five branches of the United States military, arranged in a circle:
The Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard.
The black circle surrounding the military emblems represents our fallen servicemen and women.
The blue star in the center represents mothers who have children serving.
The silver star behind the blue star represents mothers of servicemen and women who were wounded in action.
The gold star behind the blue and silver stars represents mothers of servicemen and women who were killed in action.

Thank You Christmas Cards from Our Troops

Click on each image to open the 5 cards