Veterans Voice

VA Cemetery Supervisor Marco Castro gets the flags ready for placement.

Honor a veteran with flag placement and retrieval at the VA Cemetery.

For several years, thousands of volunteers have placed small American Flags on the gravesides and columbaria at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona (NMCA). This year the nonprofit Honoring America’s Veterans will host the flag placement and retrieval ceremonies. In speaking with NMCA Randy Heard, HAV learned it would be …

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American Veteran Indian Memorial Concept Rendering

Efforts are underway to build an American Indian Veteran Memorial

  Native Americans serve in the United States Armed Forces at five times the national average. For a community that has persevered through decades of challenges, Native Americans – also called American Indians – have remained steadfast in their defense of the United States as members of the Armed Forces for centuries. So, it is …

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Military spouses can receive scholarships thanks to program at ASU

Military spouses are often unsung heroes as they give up their careers to travel around the globe to support their military servicemembers. Now, military spouses can pursue a degree and receive financial support for their education thanks to the Spouse of Military Veteran Tuition Scholarship program at Arizona State University (ASU), Shantil Posniack is pursuing …

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Remembering the life of World War II Pearl Harbor Veteran Jack Holder

At the age of 18, Jack Holder enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After completing boot camp and Aviation Machinist Mate training, he was stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii as a Patrol Bomber Y squadron member. Although idyllic initially, his assignment turned to chaos when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Holder jumped …

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ASU’s Veterans Imagination Project offers unique support to transitioning military veterans

Nearly 200,000 U.S. service members separate from the military each year, and for them, the fundamental change from military to civilian is not a distant challenge on the horizon. Instead, the reality begins when they remove their uniform and pursue their next career move. Thanks to the Veterans Imagination Project (VIP), housed under the ASU …

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Tucson area veterans participate at VA’s National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic

Two Southern Arizona Veterans Health Care System veterans recently traveled to the Snowmass at Aspen to participate in this national recreation therapy event sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs and Disabled American Veterans. The National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic is a dynamic healing event where veterans with spinal cord injuries, amputations, vision loss, …

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USS Phoenix Submarine Concept Rendering

National Submarine Day Designated for April 11 at Steele Indian School Park

National Submarine Day will occur on Tuesday, April 11, at Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix, AZ. The event will honor the U.S. Navy’s first modern commissioned submarine, the USS Phoenix (SSN-702), a Cold War nuclear attack submarine active in service from 1981 to 1998. At the event, the USS Phoenix Cold War Monument Foundation …

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Veteran-Owned business creates a fun escape with Puzzle Rides

U.S. Marine Corps veteran Gregg Dufort is no stranger to adversity. He says, “In truth, sometimes the only way to overcome things is to get through them.  Time can be your ally when life throws you unexpected hurdles – not everything has to be “dealt with” immediately.” His business Puzzle Rides took years to build. …

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