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



Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Remembering 9/11, Crisis Line Reminder, Homeless Veteran Stand Down in Prescott Valley


Looking for a way to reflect on the anniversary of 9/11? Here's some ideas:http://www.serve.gov/?q=site-page%2Fseptember-11th-national-day-service-and-remembrance

Reminder on Suicide Prevention Month: Please share the Crisis Line information with any Veteran of any era - and keep spreading the word until everyone knows that help is available.  Call 24/7/365 at: 1-800-273-8255 Option 1.

A Homeless Veteran Stand Down, with an overnight stay provided, will be held Tuesday, Sept 16 – Wednesday, Sept 17 at Tim’s Toyota Center in Prescott Valley (3201 N. Main St.)  Veterans, bring a copy of your DD214 for quicker registration – services include housing, employment, legal, medical, social security/disability and much more.  Volunteers/booth inquiries, register at: www.arizonastanddown.org  Here's a (bad) copy of the flyer a friend shared!


Friday, September 5, 2014

Antwone Fisher Event, VUB Helps College Bound Veterans, Wine Center Opens, Literary Southwest, Remember in November Charity Poker Run


Author Antwone Fisher will be speaking (free) at Mingus Union High School (1801 E. Fir St. in Cottonwood) this Saturday, Sept 6, from 3:30-5 about the “Science and Culture of Hope.” Antwone’s inspiring story was told in a movie starring Denzel Washington a few years ago.

The Northern Arizona Veterans Upward Bound program is currently accepting Northern Arizona Veterans who would like a little extra help applying for colleges or financial aid, or refreshing their skills in math or writing.  Navigating college can be a challenge – we can help!  See more at www.yc.edu/vub

Want to learn more about wine making?  The Yavapai College community is invited to the grand opening of the Teaching Winery at the Southwest Wine Center on Friday, September 12, 4:30 p.m. on the YC Verde Valley Campus at 601 Black Hills Dr. in Clarkdale.

Are you interested in reading or becoming a writer?  The Literary Southwest Series features readings by a variety of authors – see the schedule for these free events in Prescott at: https://www.yc.edu/v5content/academics/divisions/arts-humanities/literary-southwest.htm

Remember in November”  The 1st Annual Poker Run will be Saturday November 8th 2014. Proceeds will benefit Catholic Charities Community Services Programs to Assist Homeless Veterans and Families.  For Pre-Registration or donations please call: (928) 634-4254 Ext. 0, or email rpayan@cc-az.org


Friday, August 29, 2014

Veterans and Parrots, Honor for All, Resume Engine, #GIBill Comparison Tool, Boots for Building


Here’s an interesting place where Veterans are volunteering to help parrots overcome abusive pasts, see: http://youtu.be/OF2W6tSSQGI   There are many organizations that can use your help with animals of all types: humane societies, wildlife and pet rescues, and fostering programs – why not help a furry (or feathered) friend along the way?

Alarmed by rising suicide rates, Vietnam Veteran Thomas Mahany started the Honor for All non-profit group to raise PTSD awareness and remove the stigma of seeking help.  See more about Honor for All at: http://www.honorforall.org/home/

Having trouble getting your resume just right?  Here’s a free tool to help you from Hiring our Heroes and ToyotaUSA at: https://www.resumeengine.org/

From Student Veterans of America: “The release of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' enhanced #GIBill Comparison Tool heralds continued progress for discerning student veterans seeking to capitalize upon their earned benefits and turn their education into a successful career: bit.ly/1qKRX4k

More from SVA: “We've joined with our friends at Team Depot, Habitat for Humanity, and Team Rubicon for 'Boots for Building', pairing vet volunteers with service opportunities nationwide. America's veterans are primed and capable to positively impact our communities, and we're here to help them do just that.  From September 19-21st, join us for an inaugural weekend of collaboration and camaraderie: bit.ly/1tfbFvo