Monday, August 6, 2018

In Memory of Joy "JoJo" Chavez

( - August 6, 2018) -- It is with deep regret and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Joy "JoJo" Chavez.  The Lord took JoJo home yesterday morning, August 5, 2018. 

She was an activist and true warrior for ill Gulf War veterans.  She led a focus group for multiple veterans who were ill.  She was recognized by the Presidential Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses (PAC) in 1996 for providing the PAC with important information related to ill Gulf War veterans.

JoJo was a valued friend, and a loving wife and mother.  She is survived by her husband, John Chavez -- formerly SSG Chavez, USAF, who served during the 1991 Gulf War, Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.  Their experience with Gulf War Illness is described by former CIA analyst Patrick Eddington beginning in the opening paragraph of his 1997 book, "Gassed in the Gulf: The Inside Story of the Pentagon-CIA Cover-up of Gulf War Syndrome."  

Most of all JoJo was like a fierce Mother Bear when it came to “her vets and their families” who were in need! We will all miss her!

Joy is survived by her husband, John; her son and a former Marine, Jonathon, and his wife Kellie, a registered nurse.  Jonathon and Kellie are parents to Joy’s only grandchild, Everleigh Rose Lynn.  JoJo loved all children but she adored her grand baby!

Very Respectfully,

Marguerite Knox