Monday, January 5, 2015

Free Pre-College Classes for Veterans, Town Hall Jan. 8 in Prescott, 2014 Photo Favorites, Discharge Upgrade Website, Participate in Veterans History Project, Stop Soldier Suicide

Welcome to 2015!  We’re back from our holiday semester break – with classes starting on Jan 12.  If you are a Northern Arizona Veteran, and are wondering if you are ready for going back to school – why not try our Veterans Upward Bound free services and pre-college classes first?  Contact us for more information at 928-717-7686 or

Coming to Prescott, January 8 from 3- 4:30 at the Prescott VA Health Center: Veterans Town Hall.  See: or call 928-445-4860 or 800-949-1005 for more information.

Check out and vote for your favorite photo of the year at:   They are all amazing, so it will be tough to choose.

From the RAO Bulletin: “A special web page has been launched to assist veterans seeking to upgrade punitive discharges related to behavior problems caused by post-traumatic stress. The web page provides information and applications to seek an upgrade to discharge from service. The page can be found at  It follows a recent directive to the Army's Review Boards Agency to give liberal consideration to requests for discharge upgrades from veterans who say they were kicked out of service because of problems related to PTSD, before it was recognized as a debilitating medical condition.”

Eagle Scout Derek Copeland interviewed 16 Veterans for the Veterans History Project (see: .  See the Fox News story for more about Derek’s project at: - maybe you’ll want to do a similar project here?

In 2015, please spread the word to support efforts to stop soldier suicide, and check out the resources available at:

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, Vietnam Casualty Photos, Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame, Suicide Hotline, Veterans Upward Bound Services, Holiday Closure Dates

This version of the "We Gotta Get Out of This Place" music video was created by Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum as part of its ongoing effort to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The men who are featured in the video are all Vietnam Veterans who have helped to build the exhibit.   See:

For a Vietnam War casualty photo collection update, see:

Have you heard about the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame? Check it out at:

Sometimes holidays can be extra stressful - the sights, sounds, gatherings may be uncomfortable for some.  Holidays, or any time you need help, or know someone who might, check out the suicide prevention resources at: or call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 to be immediately connected with help.

If you are a Northern Arizona Veteran, interested in pursuing higher education, you may be eligible for our free Veterans Upward Bound pre-college classes, many of which are available in an online or open entry format.  Please see our webpage ( ) or call us at 928-717-7686 to find out more about our computer, writing, and math modules and how you can get connected to your educational future through VUB.

We wish you relaxing holidays and a healthy 2015!  Our offices at Yavapai College will be closed from December 20 through January 4, reopening on January 5.  If one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to start college – let us know if we can help you begin your successful educational journey!  Check out our video at:

Monday, December 1, 2014

Anthem Veterans Memorial, Stellate Ganglion Block for PTSD, Veterans Homelessness Declines, ID Theft Alert

If you haven’t been by Anthem, AZ recently, there is a new Veterans Memorial there (pictured in the Anthem website.)  The placement and structure of the staggered blocks, representing the military branches, creates a mosaic of the Great Seal on November 11 each year.  See more at:

Promising PTSD treatment offers relief to some:  Stellate Ganglion Block treatments may help to relieve some symptoms, such as sleeplessness and anxiety, according to this article in Military Times:

From the RAO Bulletin: “The number of homeless veterans declined by 33 percent. As many as 1.8 million veterans still find themselves strapped when it comes to paying rent and utility bills. More than 30 percent of their income is used to cover those expenses, according to the latest report. And in 2012, 138,000 veterans stayed in a homeless shelter for one night.”

As we enter the holiday season, be especially aware of identity theft and scams directed at Veterans and military supporters.  Never give passwords or personal information out via phone or e-mail.  You can check to see if charities are trustworthy at several online ‘watchdog’ sites such as

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Power of One

Please share.  Please act to support all of our Veterans and active duty military families.  They need every one of us.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Vietnam at 50, Veterans Hiring Boost, Choice Act, Call for Vietnam Photos of Fallen Soldiers

The Vietnam at 50 series continues at with interviews, the ‘Six Word’ quotes, photos/video, and articles by those who were there.

Veterans get hiring boost with free online classes and networking, according to First Lady Michelle Obama at:

If you are wondering how the Choice Act impacts your eligibility for educational funding, or whether a surviving spouse can receive educational benefits, check out more info and the Fry Scholarship at:

38,300: The volunteer effort to find a photographic image of every soldier listed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall has three states taking the lead: New Mexico, Wyoming, and North Dakota have submitted all of their states’ soldiers’ photos.  Remaining 20,000 photos: If you have a photo of a soldier listed on The Wall, you can submit online or by mail – see more at:

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Honoring our Veterans

As we near Veterans Day, here is a great video highlight of some of our YC students and staff who are Veterans at:

On November 10, at 10 a.m. on the Verde Valley campus in the Butterfly Garden, Yavapai College will dedicate a tree to the memory of 2008 YC graduate, 1st Lt. Jonam Russell, who died serving in Afghanistan in July 2013.  All are welcome to attend.  Enter and park near 1st entrance at 601 Black Hills Dr., Clarkdale.

On November 10, the National Roll Call honoring those service members who have died in Afghanistan and Iraq will be held on Prescott and Verde Valley campuses, beginning at 7:30 a.m. and continuing until the final name is read.  At 11:00, there will be a moment of silence at all the National Roll Call events, nationwide.  Prescott ceremony is in 19-147, Verde Valley in M-137.

WWI Symposium: In recognition of Veterans Day, the public is invited to attend Yavapai College’s "The First World War Symposium: A Series of Interdisciplinary Lectures Presented by the Faculty of Yavapai College." The lecture series runs November 6-8 at both the Prescott and Clarkdale campuses, and attendance is free.

  • Presentations and film screenings take place in Building 19, Room 147 of the Prescott campus (1100 E. Sheldon Street) and Building M, Room 137 of the Clarkdale campus (601 Black Hills Drive).
  • The symposium commemorates 100 years since the start of World War I, in 1914. Four years later, a cease-fire was enacted on November 11. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first anniversary of November 11 a celebration of this armistice as a day to reflect upon the service of those who sacrificed for their country during the First World War.
  • In addition to educational lectures and presentations from Yavapai College professors, The First World War Symposium will feature screenings of the films "All Quiet on the Western Front" and "Johnny Got His Gun," as well as a Master Chorale performance directed by Dennis Houser.
  • Lecture topics include "Causes, Course, and Consequences," "Gas Warfare in World War I" and "The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919." For a complete schedule, including descriptions of the lectures and biographies of the presenters, go to

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Free Jazz Concert 10/23, Virtual Job Fair 10/29, Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes, Swords to Plowshares, American Women Veterans, Sgt. Reckless

Free Jazz Concert at the Yavapai College Mabery Pavilion (601 Black Hills Dr. in Clarkdale) is being held Thursday, Oct 23rd at 7 p.m.

Check out the October 29th Virtual Job Fair info at:

Interested in helping with holiday mail for deployed or injured soldiers?  The Red Cross is coordinating efforts and local communities can help, see more at:

Sharing some interesting websites for your review: and  - feel free to share resources you think other Veterans would find useful!

Hero Horse: Read more about Sgt. Reckless, and amazing horse who served during the Korean War with distinction, bravery, and dedication at: which also has a video and slideshow with great historical footage.