‘Tickets for Troops’ campaign salutes local military
Members and industry supporters of the American Subcontractors Association of Arizona (ASA of Arizona) have joined together to salute local military personnel and their families with the association’s recently launched “Tickets for Troops” campaign.
ASA of Arizona is asking members, partners and community supporters to donate Arizona Diamondbacks tickets for games on July 2, 3 and 4 in Phoenix. Association members will then coordinate ticket distribution to active servicemen and women, as well as the families of active military personnel, through the Fourth Support Squadron at Luke Air Force Base to multiple service branches. Ticket donations will be collected through June
The association is also accepting cash donations that will be used to purchase additional tickets from the Diamondbacks organization.
Donations and tickets should be mailed to “Tickets for Troops,” ASA of Arizona, 4105 N. 20th St., Suite 230, Phoenix, AZ 85016. Donation pledge forms are available at www.asa-az.org.
For more information on ASA of Arizona or the campaign, call (602) 274-8979.
Younkins, Elkins complete basic training
Air Force Airman 1st Class Amanda M. Younkins has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. She is the daughter of and Annette Younkins of Ahwatukee Foothills and John Younkins of Laveen. She graduated in 2001 from New School for the Arts and received a bachelor’s degree in 2005 from Collins College, both in Tempe.
Army Pfc. Jasmane D. Elkins has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. She is the daughter of Marita Loughran of Ahwatukee Foothills and granddaughter of Jonell Elkins of Sierra Vista. She is a 2007 graduate of Desert Vista High School.
Free Memorial Day buffet for military personnel
To honor military personnel this Memorial Day, Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino is offering a coupon good for a free Memorial Day buffet from 7 to 11 a.m. Monday, May 31, at Café 24/7.
To receive the free buffet, present a valid Military ID and a Gila River Casinos Player’s Club card to the Player’s Club desk inside the resort at 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler.
RecruitMilitary Veteran Opportunity Expo
RecruitMilitary, a military-to-civilian recruiting firm, will present the RecruitMilitary Opportunity Expo - a free employment, entrepreneurship and education event for job seekers with military backgrounds - from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 3, at University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale. A lineup of veteran-friendly organizations will conduct one-on-one interviews with the job seekers.
The event is for veterans who already have civilian work experience, men and women who are transitioning from active duty to civilian life, members of the National Guard and reserves, military spouses and other military family members.
RecruitMilitary (www2.recruitmilitary.com) is producing the event in cooperation with The American Legion; Purple Heart Services; HireVetsFirst, a unit of the United States Department of Labor; and the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN).
Ahwatukee American Legion Post 64 and Veterans Club
The Ahwatukee American Legion Post 64 and Veterans Club meets at 3 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month at the Ahwatukee Recreation Center, 5001 E. Cheyenne Drive.
For more information, contact Rod Green at (480) 496-6169.
Cell Phones for Soldiers, Great Choice Chiropractic collection drive
As a United States Veteran, Dr. Greg Hauser knows the importance and the joy of being able to call home when deployed. More than 150,000 troops are serving overseas and are away from their families. Cell Phones for Soldiers and Great Choice Chiropractic are calling on all Americans to support these brave men and women by donating unused cell phones. The cell phones are recycled for cash, and the proceeds are used to buy prepaid calling cards for soldiers serving in the Middle East. Cell Phones for Soldiers hopes to collect more than 50,000 cell phones this year to help keep troops connected with their families.
Phones may be donated at Great Choice Chiropractic, 15810 S. 45th St., Suite 160. Phones do not have to be in working order, and the drive is ongoing.
For more information, visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.
Groups help military families
Over the last five years, 1.6 million military service members have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. CAMP HOPE is a new fundraising campaign by Easter Seals and Epsilon Sigma Alpha International to provide camping opportunities for children of military families. A $600 contribution to CAMP HOPE will provide a week-long camping experience for these kids, allowing them to be kids again and also the opportunity to share their experiences with children of other service members. Any and all donations will provide services to support families learning to live with a service member facing newly acquired disabilities.
More information and CAMP HOPE support forms are available at www.esaintl.com/iccouncil/files/CampHope.pdf. Help say a much deserved “Thank You” to some of our youngest heroes.
TShirts 4 Soldiers helps people connect
The Home Sweet Home Campaign’s new program, TShirts 4 Soldiers, is helping people connect with their deployed loved ones. This unique and fun way to send a piece of your heart and home to a service member you love is making a big splash in the military world. Spouses, children, mothers and more are designing one-of-a-kind T-shirts and having them shipped directly to their loved one. In turn, service members are sending T-shirts they have designed back home to their family and friends.
For every T-shirt sold, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to USA Cares Warrior Treatment Today Program, which seeks to remove the financial barrier that prohibits veterans diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and/or Traumatic Brain Injuries from receiving the treatment they need.
Help for wounded Marines
Master Sergeant Steve Soha heads up the Wounded Warrior Regiment that includes Arizona and West Texas to help wounded and injured Marines after they return home from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Sgt. Soha is an active member of the East Valley Marines which meets the second Tuesday of the month in Sun Lakes. To learn more, www.eastvalleymarines.org or call Richard Hippner at (480) 883-9393.