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Our New Website: ConnectVeterans.org

Every two years, the Arizona Coalition for Military Families issues the Arizona Veteran Survey. The last survey, released in 2019, asks veterans, their families and the community to identify the needs that exist across Arizona. Recognizing that our state is vastly diverse in geography, demographics and infrastructure, the survey is a terrific tool for us to identify ways to make …

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COVID-19 Vaccines are Free, Safe and Effective

According to Johns Hopkins University, we’ve lost more than 609,000 Americans to COVID-19 since the start of this pandemic.

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A Conversation with Dr. Jon Perez

A founding member of the Secure Your Weapon development team discusses how he coined the phrase and shares how the initiative was born. Literally hundreds of millions of dollars and years of effort have gone into veteran suicide prevention, without much positive movement. Clearly something was missing. But what, and how to address it? Two years ago, a couple of …

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Suicide Prevention Starts with Securing Your Weapon

One way that you can play a role in working to reduce suicide in Arizona is by learning contemporary facts from trusted sources and taking simple safety precautions.  Research shows that access to a firearm in the home increases the risk of suicide death by 300%. – Andrew Anglemyer, Ph.D., Tara Horvath, M.A., George Rutherford, M.D. The Annals of Internal Medicine, …

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Arizona’s Ecosystem of Support for Service Members, Veterans and Their Families

At its basic level, the Be Connected Ecosystem of Support offers a holistic approach to ensure that service members, veterans and their families receive the care and support they deserve.

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ACMF Director Thomas Winkel Testifies Before the U.S. House of Representatives

It was my distinct honor to be invited to testify in a hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity on May 26, 2021. The hearing was focused on the impact of COVID-19 on veteran employment.

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Be Connected on Arizona’s Airwaves

How do you make a half a million people aware of a dedicated service available to support them? That’s the question that was on our mind as we launched the Connect Every Veteran campaign. Starting May 1, 2021, you’ll see and hear a series of public service announcements on television and radio stations across Arizona to raise awareness about the …

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West Valley Veteran Success Center

West valley veterans & their families now have a new option for connecting to resources and support. Thanks to a new partnership between the City of Surprise, Arizona Coalition for Military Families (ACMF), Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services, Northern Arizona University (NAU), Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation and Rio Salado Community College veterans and their families won’t have to leave the …

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Success Stories: Pets, Repairs & Connection

HOW BE CONNECTED HELPED THESE ARIZONANS THRIVE You may be wondering, “How can Be Connected actually help me?” or “Why do people call Be Connected?” Many people like you have wondered the exact same thing. That’s why we’ve compiled a few of the real stories of real people who called our support line at 866-4AZ-VETS (866-429-8387). Essential Pet CarePet care …

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Connecting Rural Veterans

More than a quarter of Arizona veterans and their families live in rural communities. Be Connected is partnering around the state to strengthen access to care and connection to resources for our veteran community. One program that we launched in late 2019, in collaboration with the University of Arizona Center for Rural Health is called Rural Arizona Connects. The goal …

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