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VFW Magazine January 2018 : Page 34

Past Commander-in-Chief James ‘Bob’ Currieo Dies P ast Commander-in-Chief James “Bob” Currieo died Oct. 17, 2017. He was 83. Funeral services were held Oct. 25, 2017, at Adair Funeral Homes Avalon Chapel in Oro Valley, Ariz. Mass was on Oct. 27, 2017, at St. Andrew the Apostle Parish in Sierra Vista, Ariz., fol-lowed by burial at Fort Huachuca, Ariz. Currieo was born May 12, 1934. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in education. He later earned a master’s degree in the same discipline. Currieo joined the Army in 1951 and served from February 1952 to April 1953 during the Korean War as a gunner with the 3rd AAA (Automatic Weapons) Battalion of the 3rd Infantry Division. From 1955 to 1958, Currieo served with the 91st AAA Battalion in Germany. After returning stateside, Currieo began a 10-year tour as chief instructor at the U.S. Combat Surveillance School in Fort Huachuca. In 1968, Currieo transferred to Fort Monmouth, N.J., serving three years as chief instructor at the U.S. Army Signal Center & School. Three years later, he returned to Fort Huachuca, this time as chief instructor of the U.S. Army Combat Surveillance and Target Acquisition School. He retired at the rank of sergeant major in 1973. Joining VFW in 1962, Currieo was a member of Post 9972 in Sierra Vista. Currieo was elected in August 1982 to the position of VFW Commander-in-Chief at the organization’s 83rd national convention in Los Angeles. In addition to his VFW activities, Currieo was named one of Arizona’s outstanding young men by the National Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1966. He served on the Arizona Governor’s Veterans Advisory Council from 1974 to 1976. After his term as VFW commander-in-chief, Currieo was appointed special assistant to the VA Administrator Harry Walters. From 1987-89, he served on the staff of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Currieo was appointed director of the VFW Political Action Committee in August 1989, and in August 1994, was appointed exec-utive director of VFW’s Washington Office, a position he held until July 1996. In September 1996, Currieo rejoined McCain’s staff and retired in 2013. In a tribute to Currieo, presented Nov. 14, 2013, McCain said that when Currieo returned to Arizona after working for VFW, he “leapt at the chance to have him back on my staff.” “In the nearly 20 years that Bob served in my office, he opened more than 8,000 cases,” McCain said. “That is 8,000 ser-vice members, veterans, military spous-es and families who called out for help — calls that I am proud were answered on my behalf by a man as capable and caring as Bob.” Currieo is survived by his wife, Cecilia; daughter, Denita; and son, James. J EMAIL magazine@vfw.org UNDER $ 200 ... The Doctor’s Choice For ADVANCED HEARING AID TECHNOLOGY How can a hearing aid that costs less than $ 200 be every bit as good as one that MDHearingAid ® has been rigorously tested by leading ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) physicians and audiologists who have unanimously agreed that the sound quality and output in many cases exceeds more expensive hearing aids. NEARLY INVISIBLE “I recommend them to my patients with hearing loss” --Amy S. Audiologist Indiana sells for $ 2,250 or more? Tremendous strides have been made in Advanced Hearing Aid Technology and those cost reductions have not passed on to you---Until Now. THE WORLD’S BEST HEARING AID VALUE Ear Hook Volume Dial Hearing Aid Tubing Comfort-tip Ear-Bud or Domes The fact is, you don’t need to pay high prices for a medical-grade If you are not completely satisfi ed Power & Channel Switch FDA registered hearing aid. with your MDHearingAid ® , MDHearingAid ® is a high performance return it within 45 days for a Battery Compartment hearing aid that works right out of FULL REFUND . the box with no time-consuming Outperforms Many Higher Priced Hearing Aids! “adjustment” appointments. You can conveniently access a hearing Since Medicare and most private insurance do specialist online or by phone---even after not cover hearing aids, ENT surgeon Dr. Cherukuri MDHearingAid200.com the sale. No other company provides designed a game-changing solution without sacrifi cing the quality of components that you such extensive support. Use Code: can actually afford. Over 250,000 satisfi ed customers agree. For a Year Supply of The result is -MDHearingAid ® Now that you know, why pay more? 45-DAY RISK-FREE TRIAL 45-Day RISK-FREE Trial Try It at Home with our 800-562-2759 DG50 and starting out at under $ 200 FREE BATTERIES FREE SHIPPING “I have had this aid two days and all I can say is WOW!” --Terrsa H., Grove, NJ 34 • VFW  • JANUARY 2018

A ‘Capable And Caring’ Man

Past Commander-in-Chief James “Bob” Currieo died Oct. 17, 2017. He was 83.

Funeral services were held Oct. 25, 2017, at Adair Funeral Homes Avalon Chapel in Oro Valley, Ariz. Mass was on Oct. 27, 2017, at St. Andrew the Apostle Parish in Sierra Vista, Ariz., followed by burial at Fort Huachuca, Ariz.

Currieo was born May 12, 1934. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in education. He later earned a master’s degree in the same discipline.

Currieo joined the Army in 1951 and served from February 1952 to April 1953 during the Korean War as a gunner with the 3rd AAA (Automatic Weapons) Battalion of the 3rd Infantry Division. From 1955 to 1958, Currieo served with the 91st AAA Battalion in Germany. After returning stateside, Currieo began a 10-year tour as chief instructor at the U.S. Combat Surveillance School in Fort Huachuca.

In 1968, Currieo transferred to Fort Monmouth, N.J., serving three years as chief instructor at the U.S. Army Signal Center & School. Three years later, he returned to Fort Huachuca, this time as chief instructor of the U.S. Army Combat Surveillance and Target Acquisition School. He retired at the rank of sergeant major in 1973.

Joining VFW in 1962, Currieo was a member of Post 9972 in Sierra Vista. Currieo was elected in August 1982 to the position of VFW Commander-in- Chief at the organization’s 83rd national convention in Los Angeles.

In addition to his VFW activities, Currieo was named one of Arizona’s outstanding young men by the National Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1966. He served on the Arizona Governor’s Veterans Advisory Council from 1974 to 1976.

After his term as VFW commanderin- chief, Currieo was appointed special assistant to the VA Administrator Harry Walters. From 1987-89, he served on the staff of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

Currieo was appointed director of the VFW Political Action Committee in August 1989, and in August 1994, was appointed executive director of VFW’s Washington Office, a position he held until July 1996. In September 1996, Currieo rejoined McCain’s staff and retired in 2013.

In a tribute to Currieo, presented Nov. 14, 2013, McCain said that when Currieo returned to Arizona after working for VFW, he “leapt at the chance to have him back on my staff.”

“In the nearly 20 years that Bob served in my office, he opened more than 8,000 cases,” McCain said. “That is 8,000 service members, veterans, military spouses and families who called out for help — calls that I am proud were answered on my behalf by a man as capable and caring as Bob.”

Currieo is survived by his wife, Cecilia; daughter, Denita; and son, James.

Read the full article at http://digitaledition.qwinc.com/article/A+%E2%80%98Capable+And+Caring%E2%80%99+Man/2951492/457684/article.html.

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