Veterans

Merchant Marines and US Coast Guard logo side by side

US Coast Guard and Merchant Marine can serve during wartime efforts.

As we continue focusing on the importance of military core values, we will turn to two institutions called to serve during wartime. The Merchant Marine transports domestic and international cargo and passengers during peacetime. It operates and maintains deep-sea merchant ships, tugboats, towboats, ferries, dredges, excursion vessels, charter boats, and other waterborne craft on the […]

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photo of a Joint Service Color Guard Unit

Upholding values is a vital service component of the military and veterans.

As we begin the new year, I thought reflecting on some of the values our military service members and veterans hold dear to their hearts might be helpful. These values are engrained in us as we begin our military duties as either officers or enlisted. Values are the common thread that binds military and veterans

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Basha High School Student and 2022 Essay Competition Winner Ryann Terrell rides aboard the Hall of Flame Fire Truck in the 2022 Phoenix Veterans Day Parade.

The HAV essay competition theme is Never Forget, Forever Honor.

Honoring America’s Veterans (HAV), the nonprofit organization that organizes the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade is now accepting High School essays for this year’s competition. There are some great cash prizes on the line for both the students who submit the top entries for each grade level and their teachers. The essay competition and the Phoenix

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Sonoran Technology CEO Paul Smiley addresses the crowd at the HAV Veterans Forum for 2023.

Veterans Forum builds camaraderie amongst organizations with veterans’ groups.

Honoring America’s Veterans (HAV) recently hosted its annual Veterans Forum, but the concept differed this year. Rather than getting the community together to hear about veterans who are leaders at large organizations, we decided to reach out to the veterans within organizations that foster engagement, resource, diversity, or affinity groups for veterans instead. As such,

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L-R Seong-il Ma, President of the Arizona Korean Association-Susan Kee-Wanda Wright

Veterans and the community bid farewell to AZDVS Director Wanda Wright

Hundreds of veterans, community leaders, elected officials, and others gathered at Travis L. Williams American Legion Post in Glendale on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023. It was a bittersweet occasion as it was time to say farewell to  Col. Wanda Wright, Director of the Arizona Department of Veterans Services (ADVS). Wright leaves her term after eight

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National Defense Authorization Act for 2023

For 62 years now, Congress has worked together to pass a bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA authorizes but does not appropriate funds to run the Department of Defense. This year’s authorization is $858 billion. Since the NDAA contains additional authorizations to provide for the readiness and well-being of American troops and national

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Paula and Bill at Symphony Hall

Veterans Can Access Complimentary Events thanks to VetTix

VetTix knows the importance of honor, recognition, and respite for veterans, their family members, and caregivers. Their studies demonstrate that sending veterans and their supporters to events can help reduce stress, strengthen family bonds, and provide life-long memories. Since its inception over ten years ago, Vet Tix has provided nearly seven million tickets to active

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TriWest Healthcare Alliance Awarded TRICARE West Region DOD Contract

Arizona’s TriWest Healthcare Alliance will be the new contractor for eligible members in the TRICARE West Region. The contract, administered by DoD’s Defense Health Administration (DHA), will administer health plans and provide TRICARE coverage beginning in 2024. “At TriWest, it has been our privilege to serve the health care needs of the military and Veteran

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