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Saturday 10/27/2012
AARP offers free November course for vets
Posted: October 27, 2012

AARP Driver Safety during the month of November will be waiving tuition fees to its classroom course in Arizona and across the country for veterans in recognition of their dedication and commitment to service. The usual cost for taking the course is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers.

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Veterans Day gourd dance, community potluck
Posted: October 27, 2012

Join the annual Veterans Day gourd dance and potluck at Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St. in Phoenix, on Sunday, Nov. 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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American Legion Auxiliary seeking volunteers
Posted: October 27, 2012

The American Legion Auxiliary is an organization with nearly 1 million women across the country, devoted to America’s veterans, young people and our local communities. The group is looking for women of all ages to join them in volunteering.

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Monday 05/21/2012
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation awards dinner
Posted: May 21, 2012

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation honored local Marines and several significant community leaders at its Arizona awards dinner at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale on May 12.

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Campaign to raise awareness of the American flag
Posted: May 21, 2012

Mike Kessler, executive director of the national nonprofit youth education and service program for boys and girls, the Young Marines, announced a call-to-action campaign to more than 300 Young Marine units across the country to participate in the organization’s second “Raising Awareness to the Flag” initiative during national flag week in June.

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Free military admission to Big Surf May 19
Posted: May 21, 2012

Big Surf Waterpark will honor all active and retired military members with free admission on Armed Forces Day, tomorrow, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Military families supported by YMCA
Posted: May 21, 2012

Through a partnership between the Valley of the Sun YMCA and the Department of Defense (DOD), all 17 Valley of the Sun YMCA branches now offer qualifying members of the Armed Forces and their families access to youth development, family strengthening, and health and well-being programs.

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Thursday 01/05/2012
DVHS alumni graduates from basic training
Updated: February 12, 2012 - 10:42 am

Air Force Airman 1st Class Damian Lee graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

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Monday 06/27/2011
Cell Phones for Soldiers
Updated: April 30, 2012 - 7:25 am

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Free seminar to address little-known veterans’ benefits
Updated: April 30, 2012 - 7:25 am

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Help available for wounded Marines
Updated: June 27, 2011 - 11:15 am

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Sunday 06/26/2011
Informational booklet for veterans
Updated: July 26, 2011 - 1:38 pm

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Thursday 06/23/2011
Assistance being offered for disabled American veterans
Updated: July 11, 2011 - 10:47 am

So many veterans feel confused about benefits and services they've earned. There's so much to know and so many changes from one year to the next. The non-profit Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is offering help on Thursday, June 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Thursday 05/19/2011
Disabled American Veterans plans information seminar
Updated: April 30, 2012 - 7:25 am

Many veterans feel confused about benefits and services they've earned. There's so much to know and so many changes from one year to the next. That's why local members of the non-profit Disabled American Veterans (D-A-V) will present a veterans information seminar at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 21 at the Disabled American Veterans, 655 Gilbert Road, in Mesa. Like all D-A-V services, this seminar is free to all veterans and members of their families.

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Thursday 05/12/2011
Pvt. Christopher Meeker graduated from U.S. Army Basic Training
Updated: May 12, 2011 - 4:13 pm

Christopher Meeker, a 2004 graduate of Desert Vista High Scool and son of Brian and Tamera Bidelspach of Ahwatukee, has graduated from Basic Training at Fort Benning, Georgia on April 29, 2011. Christopher was part of the Delta Company, 2nd Platoon, 2-19 Infantry Division. After graduation, Christopher has advanced into the Army Ranger Assessment and Selection Program, which is an extremely physical and mentally challenging eight week course held at Fort Benning, Georgia. The RASP program is designed to prepare soldiers, for assignment to the 75th Ranger Regiment.

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Thursday 05/05/2011
Help available for wounded Marines
Updated: May 20, 2011 - 4:54 pm

Master Sgt. Steve Soha heads up the Wounded Warrior Regiment, which includes Arizona and West Texas, to help wounded and injured Marines after they return home from Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Thursday 04/21/2011
ASU Gammage hosts military family first nights
Posted: April 21, 2011

ASU Gammage will host military family first nights on Friday, April 29 for more than 100 military family members. ASU Gammage will provide tickets to families of deployed military personnel to attend Broadway performances to three shows this season. Working with the Arizona National Guard Family Readiness Program, family members of deployed and soon to be deployed Arizona National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from around the state will have the opportunity to see "Billy Elliot the Musical" and have the chance to enjoy an exclusive post show meet and greet with the cast.

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Thursday 04/14/2011
The Wings of Freedom Tour flies into Phoenix
Updated: July 26, 2011 - 6:20 pm

Participating in the Collings Foundation's Wings of Freedom Tour, the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Nine O Nine" WWII Heavy Bomber, Consolidated B-24 Liberator "Witchcraft" WWII Heavy Bomber and P-51 Mustang, will fly into Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, 5803 S. Sossaman Road in Mesa, for a visit April 18 to April 20.

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Wednesday 04/13/2011
Groups help military families
Posted: April 13, 2011

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.

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Thursday 03/24/2011
Cody Don Pitcher graduates from basic military training
Posted: March 24, 2011

Cody Don Pitcher graduated from basic military training at Lackland AFB, in San Antonio, Texas on March 11. Cody was born in Ventura, Calif. and recently moved to Arizona where he graduated from Mountain Pointe High School as a Pride Peak honor student.

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Wednesday 03/23/2011
Surge in nominations received for award
Posted: March 23, 2011

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense agency, announced a significant increase in the number of Guard and Reserve members who nominated their employers for the 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom Award is the Department's highest recognition given to employers for support of their employees serving in the Guard and Reserve. Over the 12-week nomination period that ended in January, 4,049 nominations poured in for a 64 percent increase over last year's total.

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Thursday 03/17/2011
Mobilize the troops to help our vets!
Posted: March 17, 2011

All the Keller Williams Realty Market Centers across the Valley (13 of them) has made a deep commitment to serve our veterans that served our Country! The Phoenix VA Hospital does not have temporary housing for vets that do not live nearby and have to travel great distances daily to receive treatments. Keller Williams will be fund raising enough money to buy a building that will provide safe, comfortable, short and medium-term housing experiencing financial hardship due to illness and other challenges brought on by their service. The housing units will accommodate a veteran and their spouse, or other caretaker and will come complete with all of life's necessities and will be in close proximity to the VA Hospital where medical care is close by.

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Thursday 03/10/2011
Injured Veteran speaks to Rotary Club
Updated: November 10, 2011 - 4:56 pm

Anthony Ameen, a local Veteran and 2000 Desert Vista high school graduate, spoke to the Rotary Club of Ahwatukee Foothills in December at the Grace Inn. Color Guard members from Post 64 of the American Legion were also in attendance.

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Saturday 03/05/2011
Wounded warriors honored with spring training trip
Updated: October 10, 2014 - 4:50 pm

Seventeen wounded Marines from Balboa Medical Center in San Diego are visiting the Valley beginning this Saturday, March 5, for some much-needed rest and relaxation.

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James P. McHenry graduates from basic training
Posted: March 05, 2011

Air Force Airman 1st Class James P. McHenry graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

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Thursday 03/03/2011
Wounded warriors honored with a spring training trip
Updated: March 03, 2011 - 4:04 pm

Seventeen wounded Marines from Balboa Medical Center in San Diego are visiting the Valley beginning Saturday, March 5, for some much-needed rest and relaxation.

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Lieutenant in US Coast Guard receives medal for superior performance
Updated: August 12, 2011 - 5:30 pm

Lieutenant Damien Ludwig, a graduate of Mountain Pointe High School and ASU is cited for superior performance of duty on Aug. 23 while serving as Decontamination Unit Leader for Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill response in Mobile, Alabama area. Thrust into the midst of a chaotic hazardous material release, Lieutenant Ludwig demonstrated exceptional judgment during the potential anhydrous ammonia leak in close proximity to the DWH Theodore, Alabama decontamination site. He evacuated his team to a safe area which included 700 individuals trying to escape the dangers of the fumes. Lt. Ludwig set up a triage for those exposed to the fumes before the arrival of emergency services, including facilitating transportation of a civilian to the hospital who was in extremely critical condition. With the Lieutenants quick response, he was able to help save the civilian's life. He continued to direct other on scene Coast Guard personnel to provide clear access routes for responding emergency vehicles and assisted in the marshalling of numerous fire, police and rescue personnel to the scene. His leadership and courageous actions directly contributed to the evacuation of over 700 individuals including 150 injured people being transported to hospitals without a single loss of life. Lt. Ludwig's diligence, perseverance and devotion to duty are most heartily commended and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the US Coast Guard.

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Thursday 01/27/2011
AZ National Guard to host military immersion training for civilians
Posted: January 27, 2011

The Arizona National Guard is hosting a first-of-its-kind Military Immersion Training at Papago Park Military Reservation, located at 5636 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix on Wednesday, Feb. 9 beginning at noon through Thursday, Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. The focus of this event is to increase knowledge and understanding of the military culture, and to equip civilian providers and media members with a sense of the needs of military and veteran families throughout Arizona. Registration fees include all meals, a night of lodging and all materials. Interested persons should contact Capt. Holly C. Brauer at (602) 267-2115, holly.c.brauer@us.army.mil.

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Friday 12/24/2010
Matejcik graduates from basic infantry training
Updated: January 27, 2011 - 12:45 pm

Army National Guard Pvt. Alexander J. Matejcik has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Georgia.

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Maricopa Community Colleges given federal grant
Posted: December 24, 2010

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $300,000 grant to the Maricopa Community Colleges to enhance The East Valley Veterans Education Center which will be located on 2055 S. Cottonwood Drive in Tempe. Creation of the Education Center means that for the first time, East Valley veterans can obtain guidance to pursue higher education in one location. It is scheduled to open in January. For more information: 480-731-8333, 480-731-8000 or www.maricopa.edu.

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TShirts 4 Soldiers helps people connect
Posted: December 24, 2010

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.

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Friday 12/03/2010
Martinez returns after deployment
Updated: December 21, 2010 - 12:11 pm

Army Spec. Zachary C. Martinez has returned to Fort Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska, after being deployed to Afghanistan for one year. The soldier is one of 3,500 members of the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division stationed at Fort Richardson. Airborne combat team members included soldiers assigned to one of six battalions and regiments of the 25th Infantry Division.

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Friday 11/19/2010
Valenzuela graduates from basic training
Updated: December 14, 2010 - 4:46 pm

Air Force Airman Camille L. Valenzuela graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

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Thursday 11/11/2010
Ahwatukee residents' son gets his "Wings of Gold"
Posted: November 11, 2010

On Fri., October 22, LTJG Wayne Cheney received his "Wings of Gold". After graduating from the United States Naval Academy 2008, Wayne was designated to NAS Pensacola, Florida and then to NAS Whiting Field in Milton, Florida where he began his preparation and completion of becoming a Naval Aviator with his sights set on the MH-60S helicopter.

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Wednesday 11/10/2010
SMCC presents "Boots 2 Books" event to help military, veterans and families
Updated: December 03, 2010 - 12:53 pm

South Mountain Community College invites all US military service members, veterans and their families to "Boots-2-Books", a college preview on Thursday, Dec. 2. It is scheduled for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at SMCC Student Union and is located at 7050 S. 24th St. in Phoenix. This is a free three hour orientation to assist them in the transition from military life to higher education. It will provide and overview of college support services designed especially with military, veterans and families in mind. For more information contact Christopher Erran at (602) 305-5607 or christopher.erran@smcmail.maricopa.edu.

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Veterans and Active Military Eat Free at Chili's
Updated: December 03, 2010 - 12:53 pm

On Thurs., November 11, participating Chili's restaurants will be offering free meals to veterans and active military in honor of Veterans Day. The offer is available for dine-in only, from a limited menu. Veterans and active duty military simply show proof of military service. For more information, visit www.chilis.com.

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Preschoolers honor Veterans
Posted: November 10, 2010

The children at the Ahwatukee Preschool wanted to honor Veterans this week. They handmade 100 flags using different paint media. The flags will be on display at the Ahwatukee Preschool and Mountain View Lutheran Church located at 11002 S. 48th Street.

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Monday 11/08/2010
Help NASCAR star Ryan Newman send troops to PIR
Posted: November 08, 2010

Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 39 U.S. Army/Tornados/Haas Automation Chevrolet, has teamed up with Phoenix International Raceway to create "Troop Newman" - a special program designed to honor men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces for Veteran's Day this November. The program, part of PIR's Salute to Military Families initiative, will send an expected 500 military troops and their families to the Kobalt Tools 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Nov. 14 - Veteran's Day Weekend - free of charge.

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Sunday 11/07/2010
Soldier Scramble benefits Wounded Warrior Project
Posted: November 07, 2010

The inaugural Soldier Scramble will take place on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, at Palmbrook Country Club at 9350 W. Greenway Road in Sun City to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Saturday 11/06/2010
Veteran's Day gourd dance and potluck
Posted: November 06, 2010

The Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park, 4619 E. Washington St., will host a Veteran's Day gourd dance and potluck from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, to honor all veterans who have served our nation. Enjoy traditional Native American dancing and bring a dish to share. Dancing starts at 11:30 a.m.

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Friday 10/29/2010
Chandler Gilbert Community College Hosts Veterans’ Resource Expo
Updated: December 14, 2010 - 4:47 pm

Chandler-Gilbert Community College in partnership with the Arizona Department of Veterans' Services will host the second Veterans' Resource Expo on Thurs., November 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Pecos campus Student Center Pavilion. The Expo will provide veterans with information about military benefits, career and educational opportunities, and community veteran resources. CGCC is located at 2626 E. Pecos Road in Chandler.

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McDaniel receives his wings
Posted: October 29, 2010

Lt. Jerome McDaniel, a 2002 Desert Vista graduate and magnum cum laude graduate of Arizona State University, received his Army Apache Helicopter Wings Sept. 2 at Fort Rucker, Ala. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Baca of Ahwatukee Foothills.

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Help for wounded Marines
Updated: December 17, 2010 - 2:08 pm

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.

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Sunday 10/24/2010
Sheriff Joe to speak on drug abuse at The Young Marines meeting Oct. 25
Updated: November 25, 2011 - 3:42 pm

The Young Marines would like to invite you to come to this Monday's meeting on the Oct. 25 at the National Guard Amory, 2100 S. Cooper Road in Chandler to see Sheriff Joe speak about drug abuse, beginning at 6:45 p.m.

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Thursday 10/07/2010
Phoenix RecruitMilitary Veteran Opportunity Expo
Updated: January 25, 2011 - 12:57 pm

Veterans will be able to interview with an all-star team of national, regional and local employers at the RecruitMilitary Opportunity Expo, set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, at University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale.

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Wednesday 09/01/2010
Sussman completes basic training
Posted: September 01, 2010

Air Force Airman 1st Class Sean M. Sussman has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

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GCC designated a Military Friendly School
Posted: September 01, 2010

GCC designated a Military Friendly School

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Monday 08/23/2010
Marine Corps Ball salutes heroes
Updated: September 28, 2010 - 10:02 am

Hundreds of Marines and their guests from the local area will stand at attention and salute their comrades who have either just returned from battle or who are shipping out to Iraq and Afghanistan during the annual United States Marine Corps Birthday Ball, starting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Oakwood Country Club at 24218 S. Oakwood Boulevard in Sun Lakes.

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Saturday 08/21/2010
Arizona museums open doors to military families this summer
Updated: December 02, 2010 - 8:16 am

Seven Arizona museums will offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2010, according to an announcement by the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Blue Star Families, a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services.

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Friday 08/20/2010
Cell Phones for Soldiers, Great Choice Chiropractic collection drive
Updated: May 05, 2011 - 5:05 pm

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.

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