The UAV was founded by the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in December 1981 as a consortium of Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs) supporting veterans and their families in Arizona. Since then, the UAV has grown to over 50 member organizations representing the half million (+) veterans who call Arizona home.
UAV supports veterans and their families by advocating for veteran-related issues to the State of Arizona’s Executive and Legislative branches. They also act as a two-way conduit for veteran-related information sharing, which affects individual VSO member organizations.
In 2001, UAV founded the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame (AVHOF), the second veteran’s hall of fame in the United States. Each year, there is a nomination and selection process to admit veterans into the Hall of Fame who have made significant personal contributions to their community, state, or nation. These veterans are then submitted for the Governor’s approval for induction into the Hall of Fame.
The UAV will induct the 22nd Class of veterans during a luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 14, at Talking Stick Resort, located at 9800 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ. This year’s Class of 2022 includes:
- Martha Louise Alderman, Navy veteran, Cold War Veteran, Glendale
- William Robert Beecher, Army veteran, Sierra Vista
- Larry Michael Cervarich, Air Force veteran, Goodyear
- Timothy Townley Day, Marine Corps veteran, Phoenix
- Thomas Paul Marrin, Jr., Marine Corps veteran, Glendale
- Christine Diane Martinez, Navy veteran, Litchfield Park
- Richard Neely Morrison, Navy veteran, Gilbert
- Myra Genette Robinson, Army veteran, Sierra Vista
- George Daniel Ross, Air Force veteran, Tucson
- Dale Robert Schoeneberger, Army veteran, Casa Grande
- Rebecca Nanette Seeger, Air Force veteran, Flagstaff
- Steven D. Weintraub, Marine Corps veteran, Phoenix
- Robert Alvin Wiedower, Marine Corps veteran, Scottsdale
- Ronnie Rochelle Williams, Air Force veteran, Mesa
The Induction Ceremony is a patriotic luncheon with military honors and keynote speakers. The Governor, or his designee, presents the commemorative medal to the selected veteran during the ceremony. Recipients are then authorized to wear their medals during special military and veteran events or services.
The Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame is recognized by the Governor of Arizona and the Arizona Department of Veterans Services and supported by the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society.
You can learn more and register for the event online at www.azuav.org.