Author: Be Connected

The Healing Power of Social Connection

I’d like to address a common and pressing issue that affects millions of Americans: loneliness. In a world more interconnected than ever, the prevalence of loneliness has reached epidemic proportions, with more than half of Americans reporting feelings of isolation. Loneliness can have serious consequences on our well-being. Research has shown that chronic loneliness and social isolation can increase the …

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13th Annual Statewide Symposium Recap

Thank you for everyone who attended the 13th Annual Statewide Symposium. If you were not able to join us this year, we have the general session videos and the presenters’ slides available at

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Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Copper Eagle Award

The Arizona Coalition for Military Families (ACMF) has been honored with the Copper Eagle Award from the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society for exceptional service and leadership in support of Arizona veterans and their families.

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Honoring the Legacy of Fallen Heroes This Memorial Day

As we approach Memorial Day, a day of profound significance and remembrance, let’s take this moment together to reflect on the immense sacrifice made by our brave service members and to honor the indelible legacy they have left behind.

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MOAA Distinguished Service Award

The Arizona Coalition for Military Families (ACMF) is proud to announce that it has been awarded the National Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Distinguished Service Award. This prestigious national recognition is given to individuals or organizations that have demonstrated exceptional national leadership and service in support of the military community.

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Podcast Feature: Nicola Winkel

Nicola shares more detail about how the Arizona Coalition for Military Families began and the important work happening across Arizona to support service members, veterans, and their families.

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Thank You, Col. Wright

A tribute to Col. Wanda Wright (Ret.), one of Arizona’s finest female leaders, as she concludes her service as Director of the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services.

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Success Stories December 2022

Read the real stories of how the Be Connected Support Line team has helped Arizona veterans thrive.

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Property Tax Exemptions Approved

An important voter-approved initiative for veterans passed in November. The initiative reinstates property tax exemptions for disabled veterans. The approval of Proposition 130 on the statewide ballot restores a benefit that reduces the assessed value of real estate, thus reducing the amount of taxes owed.

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Staff Sergeant Parker Gordon Fox Grant Program

America lost a beloved son on July 21, 2020. Staff Sergeant Parker Gordon Fox died by suicide at his home in Columbus, Georgia at the age of 25. After graduating high school in 2012, he joined the United States Army in 2014, eventually working as a sniper after completing the U.S. Army Infantry School in Fort Benning, Georgia. To prevent tragedies like the death of SSG Fox, Congress authorized a $174 million grant program named in honor of SSG Fox.

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