Phoenix Symphony raises the flag for the Armed Forces
Commemorating those in service, The Phoenix Symphony will be sounding the horn for all those involved in the Armed Forces. Marches from John Philip Sousa, Richard Rogers and songs from the Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and the Air Force will be performed in high spirits to honor the long lineage of those involved in the safety of America. Joining The Phoenix Symphony and conducting the night’s festivities will be internationally esteemed conductor Loras John Schissel, music director and conductor of both the Virginia Grand Military Band and the Cleveland Orchestra’s Blossom Festival Band.
Concerts will sound off at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 28 and 29, at Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., as part of the Symphony’s 2009-10 Pops Series. The volunteers of Phoenix Symphony Allegro will celebrate a successful season of promoting awareness and fundraising for the Symphony at “Allegro Night at the Symphony” during the May 28 concert.
Tickets for “Patriotic Pops” start at $26 and may be purchased by calling the box office at (602) 495-1999 or visiting www.phoenixsymphony.org.
The Madison hosting Veterans weekend
The Madison retirement community at 18626 Spanish Garden Drive in Sun City West will host the Madison Veterans Weekend starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 29.
The weekend features a two-day open house and a veteran’s benefits seminar led by Senior Care Associates, LLC. The seminar highlights the little-known Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance benefit program. Wartime veterans and surviving spouses could be eligible for a significant monthly income, ranging from $1,056 to $1,949. Representatives of Senior Care Associates, LLC will help veterans and their spouses navigate the often difficult application process.
The seminar is free and open to the public with light refreshments provided. To learn more, call (623) 584-1999.
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).
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.
USS Columbus Veterans Association
Any Navy and Marine Corps shipmates who served on the USS Columbus CA-74/CG-12 from 1944 through 1976 and the USS Columbus (SSN-762) past and present that are interested in sharing memories and camaraderie with old friends and make new ones are invited to contact Allen R. Hope at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A reunion is being planned for Oct. 2 at the Best Western Albany Airport Inn. For details, contact Hope at the above e-mail address.
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.