My friend, Michael Patrick Brewer, known as “Mike,” has begun blog posting for the Desert News Post. His blog, Veteran Veritas, was formerly featured in the TucsonCitizen.com.
His declaration to the readers here is to be diligent in bringing you timely and compelling material that relates primarily to Veterans Affairs and occasional critical issues related to life in this country of ours.
His mission is to provide a space for advocacy and dialogue with veterans worldwide. He is a trained Veterans Service Officer, and published writer in the arena of Veterans Affairs.
Mike and his wife moved to Apple Valley, California from Tucson, Arizona five years ago. The motivation was simply to be closer to their family who had all relocated to Southern California.
Mike served in the United States Marine Corps as a combat squad leader with the 7th Marines and 1st Marine Air Wing/ MAG-16 Provost Office in Vietnam. He has been a mentor for returning combat veterans, with the benefit of training gained over the past 40 years of advocacy for veterans.
~ Merritt Retreat Center Veteran Program in Payson, Arizona 2005-2010.
~ Resiliency Training via Trauma Resource Institute at Claremont College – Crisis Intervention Certificate
~ St.Mary’s Hospital Mental Health Unit – RN Nursing Program/ Crisis Intervention Counselor
~ University of Arizona Counseling and Guidance Community Training/ 1973
~ Gestalt Institute of Tucson -1975
~ Pointman International Ministries Inc./Arizona State Coordinator.1999-2010.
~ Vietnam Veterans of America Leadership and Veteran Advocacy Workshops
~ International Conferenc of War Veteran Ministers
~ Mindfulness 8 Week Training with Purple Mountain Institute.Dr.Terry Davis, student of Jon-Kabat Zinn.
~ Thirteen years in combat veterans group at Tucson Vet Center.Dr.Ken Mroczek
~ “Soldiers Heart” Retreat and Training for Military Chaplains, Psychologists and Family Therapists.Dr. Edward Tick author “War and the Soul.” Joshua Tree, California 2013
~ Desert Sanctuary Treatment Center for Youth. Counselor for last chance incarcerated youth.
~ Picture Rocks Retreat Center.PTSD and Spirituality.Tucson, Az.
~ Franciscan Renewal Center; Healing Memories Facilitator Workshop.Scottsdale,Arizona.
Volunteer at Victorville Federal Prison as Member of California Writers Club High Desert Branch
Member of High Desert Resource Network.
A former resident of Tucson, he now resides in Southern California, married to Lydia, a writer of her own fame, with three grown children, and three grandchildren. His daughter Heather is a Therapist in Santa Monica.
Mike attended University of Arizona, majoring in Nursing/Philosophy and Religious Studies. Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and Sports Management/ Tucson University. Completed one year Journalism classes, under the fine tutelage of Jane White, Editor at Arizona Daily Star and professor at Pima Community College. Also contributed to the Aztec New
He was a member of the Tucson Citizen Editorial Advisory Board for the old print edition in the mid 1990’s.
He was one of the nine original Blogger for the “TucsonCitizen.com,” a Gannett owned newspaper,from June, 2009 until its perfunctory closing on January 31st,2014.
Mike moved to Tucson, Arizona from Dixon, Illinois in 1959. He loves to tell family and friends that he was the first paper boy for El Con Mall! What a wonderful way for a young boy to get to know a new city, by way of a relationship with all of the retailers at El Con, many of whom were long time Arizona families: Abby Grunewald, Dave Bloom and Sons, Levy’s, Steinfelds. It is no wonder he went on to a 24 year career in commercial property management and leasing. He was recruited by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson as a Property Manager in 1989.
The project was complete in 1993.
Brewer is a two term past president of the Building Owners and Managers Association International, (BOMA) and their Congressional Liaison for five years. He served for five years on the City of Tucson Downtown Advisory Committee, Chaired the Downtown Committee for the Tucson Trade Bureau, and served for nine years on City of Tucson Budget Advisory, 1989-99. was the founder of El Centro de Tucson Executives, was Executive Director of Pima County Sports Authority 1995-97. Selected for Tucson Town Hall Leadership and Consensus Building 2007.
Mike is a founding member and Past Commandant of the Apple Valley Marine Corps League;now Victor Valley Marine Corps League #1383.Member of Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Legion; Disabled American Veterans. Past President and Life Member of Vietnam Veterans of America. Past Arizona State Coordinator and Chaplain for Pointman Ministries International. Member of International Conference of War Veteran Ministers. Volunteer at Orenda House for Homeless Veterans.
Over the past 30 years Brewer has served on the boards of: YMCA, Salvation Army, Fan Kane Neurohabilitation Foundation, American Youth Soccer/Area Coaching Administrator for nine years and Section Trainer. AIA certified High School Soccer Referee. Two terms as Grant/Campbell Neighborhood Association President. Boy Scouts of America Troop Leader and Chairman of Soccer and Scouting for Catalina Council. Director of Volunteers and Ambassador Program for Tucson Downtown Alliance. Certified Tourism Ambassador. Conductor for Old Pueblo Trolley. Recipient of two Copper Letters from the City of Tucson for civic involvement. Vice Chair of Victor Valley College Bond Advisory.
Mike loves soccer, the “beautiful game,” and coached for 24 years, both youth and high school. He is a certified National Referee. He officiated in high school for 11 years. He and his wife were part owners, along with retired Air Force Col. Bob Meacham and Dan Byers of the Tucson Amigos USL Soccer Franchise 1996-2000, a predecessor to FC Tucson, yet never permitted to play seasonally in City or County owned stadiums. It is joy to now see that soccer has a seat at the table in Tucson. No more upstairs, downstairs.
Mike retired in February of 2002. His life’s mission now is the beaches, mountains and lakes of California and to be accessible to family, fellow veterans and life long friends. Prayer is embedded in his life, as an Outpost Leader with Pointman International Ministries Inc.and International Conference of War Veteran Ministers.
Follow Mike’s blog for pertinent stories, many of which you won’t find in the mainstream media, featuring local, state, federal and international issues impacting veterans and their families.