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.  http://youtu.be/WSx11Kmnmrg

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 http://www.stripes.com/news/special-reports/vietnam-at-50 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: http://www.stripes.com/news/veterans-get-hiring-boost-with-online-courses-networking-1.313452

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: http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill

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: http://www.vvmf.org/how-to-submit


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: http://youtu.be/HQUH3C6uk_E

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 www.yc.edu/wwi


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: http://www.uschamberfoundation.org/event/virtual-job-fair-1

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: http://www.redcross.org/support/get-involved/holiday-mail-for-heroes

Sharing some interesting websites for your review: http://www.swords-to-plowshares.org/ and http://americanwomenveterans.org/home/  - 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: https://www.mca-marines.org/leatherneck/1992/11/sgt-reckless-combat-veteran which also has a video and slideshow with great historical footage.

Friday, October 3, 2014

National Roll Call Readers Needed, Future Leaders Town Hall Oct 7, Burn Pit Registry, Discharge Upgrade Info


November 10, Yavapai College will be participating in the National Roll Call ceremony at both the Prescott and Verde Valley campuses.  Volunteers are needed to read names of the fallen from the Iraq & Afghanistan conflicts for 15-minute time blocks.  Contact to sign up to read names for Verde Valley: patti.shelton@yc.edu, or Prescott: bob.hoskovec@yc.edu

Are you a leader?  The Future Leaders Town Hall discussing the economy will be held at Yavapai College Prescott campus at 1100 E. Sheldon on October 7 from 3:00-6:30 p.m.  To register for this free event at the Prescott location (or any of the others in the state) go to: http://www.aztownhall.org/Future_Leaders_Town_Hall

Burn pits have been associated with a host of health issues for many Veterans.  Thousands of Vets have already joined the #BurnPitRegistry.  Are you one of them? If not, don’t wait! http://go.usa.gov/dYPx

Changes in the perspective on PTSD have prompted a potential for upgrades in discharge reasons for those from previous conflicts.  For more info see: http://www.stripes.com/news/hagel-makes-it-easier-for-veterans-with-ptsd-to-get-discharge-upgrades-1.301352



Thursday, September 25, 2014

Hero's Welcome, Nature's Healing, Adult Basic Education #AEFLWeek, Disability Rights and Resources #know2own, Inspirational National Anthem


http://youtu.be/ZUu3QFGxLF0  A great video about a hero’s welcome by another hero

Here’s a well-written article about the effects of wilderness/nature/hiking on Veterans with PTS at: http://www.tetonvalleynews.net/news/warriors-retreat-effects-of-the-tetons-on-pts/article_88a5f056-1837-11e4-bd51-001a4bcf887a.html

If you know someone who could benefit from Adult Basic Education, here’s a great explanation how ABE expands job opportunities: http://www.ed.gov/edblogs/ovae/2014/08/20/renewing-economic-opportunity-for-all/  The article is in celebration of Adult Education Week Sept 22-28 (#AEFLWeek); for more information on opportunities at Yavapai College see: www.yc.edu/abe and for Veterans see www.yc.edu/vub

Students at Yavapai College with any kind of disability may choose whether or not to seek academic accommodations, such as extended test-taking time, note takers, or assistive technology through our Disability Resources Department at: www.yc.edu/disabilityresources   You can learn more about disability rights at: http://www.ed.gov/blog/2014/09/know-it-2-own-it-teaching-and-learning-about-disability-rights/ which celebrates the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – and you’re invited to share stories of overcoming disabilities at their blog with hastag: #know2own.

Inspiring Video: Here’s the national anthem sung by talented young lady who happens to have autism: http://goo.gl/tNydhN

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Happy Air Force B-day, Virtual Job Fair 9/24, Recovery Event in Cottonwood 9/20, October Mental Health Awareness Week


Happy Birthday to the Air Force!

Can’t make it to a Veterans Job Fair?  You can come to the Virtual Job Fair Sept 24th – check it out: http://www.uschamberfoundation.org/event/virtual-job-fair

September 2014, marks the 25th year of National Recovery Month. Join in a free event in Cottonwood, at Garrison Park (100 Brian Mickelsen Pkwy) on Saturday, September 20 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Cottonwood’s Recovery Day event helps spread the positive message that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover from substance abuse.



In 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week in recognition of NAMI's efforts to raise mental illness awareness. Since then, mental health advocates across the country have joined with others in their communities to sponsor activities, large or small, for public education about mental illness.  Mental Illness affects 1 in 4 American adults. No one is alone in this fight. NAMI is there to help, see: http://ow.ly/y6tAJ  Here is a sharable link for free depression screening: http://www.HelpYourselfHelpOthers.org