May, 2024 Newsletter

Unified Arizona Veterans May Newsletter.


Jhennicea Morrow

4/24/20245 min read

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Image of a desert mountain rage, with blue text reading: You're a part of the conversation. On the right side is the UAV Logo
Image of a desert mountain rage, with blue text reading: You're a part of the conversation. On the right side is the UAV Logo

“Your mental health is everything — prioritize it. Make the time like your life depends on it, because it does.”
— Mel Robbins

Congratulations Scholarship Recipients!

(From left to right)

Leslie Nelson, Anne Adkinson, and Jacob Dickson Adkinson!

We are so proud of you and honored to be able to assist you in continuing your education so that you can reach and achieve your goals. These outstanding individuals have worked hard to earn these scholarships and we are so excited to see where the future takes them.

We'll have more about them in our Event Wrap-Up below.

But first, a word from our Chair, Travis Burns.

"UAV is migrating to Google non-profit. This will simplify and streamline workflows, increase access, and collaboration all across Arizona.

We are upgrading the UAV website. AVHOF Nominations, applications for UAV membership, dues payment, and scholarships will all be able to be completed online.

We are also aiming to increase UAV Membership, with a goal of 100 member organizations by the end of 2025.

The UAV is uniquely positioned in the Arizona Veteran community to serve as the “Voice of Arizona’s Veterans.” And act as a hub for information regarding veteran-focused resources thanks, in part, to our Newsletter, Facebook page, Facebook group, Event Calendar, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Youtube page working to share news, dates, event wrap-ups, projects, and more. Throughout 2024, we aim to increase our social media presence and newsletter outreach, attend more events, and continue our mission.

The UAV is in the process of setting up working groups in areas of interest to the veteran community. These groups would target specific issues, including veteran homelessness, food insecurity, caregiving, education, employment, VA benefits, and toxic exposures, among other things. The groups would report once a quarter.

We hope you are as excited as we are for what the future holds for the UAV."
- Chair Travis Burns

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Upcoming Changes at the Unified Arizona Veterans

Onward to the Events

2024 Maricopa Community Colleges Veterans Convocation

Join us in celebrating the academic success and graduation of South Mountain Community College's Veteran students!

Wednesday, May 1, 2024
6:30PM - 8:30PM
Location: Performing Arts Center
South Mountain Community College
7050 S 24th St. Phoenix, AZ 85042

Kingman Veteran StandDown

Veterans- you’re invited to the Kingman Veteran StandDown happening May 3rd, from 10 AM until 2PM at the Mohave County Fairgrounds.

Multiple agencies will be on site.

Unified Arizona Veterans Monthly Membership Meeting

UAV members meeting. All members welcome! Come and chat, voice your opinion, listen to what's coming up and enjoy yourself.

Saturday, May 4th, 2024
11AM Start Time

Meeting ID: 858 6878 1989
Passcode: 254282

If you need assistance in joining or would like to participate, please contact:

22 for the 22 Ceremony

Date: May 4, 2024
Time: 9AM-12PM
Location: American Legion Post 1 Luke-Greenway
364 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007
(off of 7th Ave and Van Buren)

Join us for a special ceremony to remember the Veterans lost to suicide and support those who continue to be affected.

⭐ Presentation
⭐ Speakers
⭐ Brunch Provided
⭐ Color Guard
⭐ Vet to Vet Connections
⭐ Veteran Resources and Information

For further information about the event, donations, or sponsorship opportunities, contact:

Blood Drive

Celebrate Moms + Save Lives = Special Thank-You!

Did you know one in 83 moms needs a blood transfusion after giving birth? Join us in honoring mothers and their incredible strength by giving blood this spring. When you do, you’ll be entered to win one of 83 gift cards worth $83 each!

All donors who come to give blood, platelets or plasma April 21-May 23, 2024, will be automatically entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of 83 $83 gift cards through our Donor Rewards program!* Donors must have an online donor account and be opted into the Donor Rewards program to qualify for this drawing.

Please schedule your donation appointment today.

Date: May 4th, 2024
Time: 9AM - 1PM
Location: 402 E Narramore Ave,
Buckeye, AZ

West Valley Women Veterans Building Connections Brunch

Date: May 5th, 2024
Time: 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Location: The Cabin Whiskey & Grill
9868 W Northern Ave,
Peoria, AZ 85345

Exclusively for women veterans- all eras, all branches, all welcome!
Join us for our monthly brunch event only for women veterans!

Come together to celebrate your service and build connections with like-minded individuals who understand your journey. Enjoy delicious food and drinks while engaging in conversations meant to re-build camaraderie!Whether you're currently serving a recently transitioned veteran or have been a veteran for years, this gathering will empower you to build a strong support network and build genuine connections beyond the event.

Don't miss this opportunity to connect bond and uplift each other in a warm and supportive environment. See you there!Friendly reminder that all attendees are responsible for their own food & drink. Veteran discount is available at the venue.


Projects & Information

Battle Buddy Check In

Let's make it a habit to reach out to our battle buddies this month and every month.

Just a simple call or text can make a world of difference in boosting mental well-being.

Remember, if you or someone you know needs assistance, dial 988 and press 1.

Event Wrap-Up

Did You Know...

Did you know... May is the month of Mental Health Awareness. All year, it is important to remember to check in on those you care about, even if they seem okay, but in this month we want to remind people that seeking help is normal, acceptable, and brave! In fact, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly one in five U.S. adults live with a mental illness. (source)