Resources for Veterans

Affordable Colleges/Affordability Center

  • Provides students with the information and knowledge they need to finance their education without staggering debt.

Click on the attached link to affordablecolleges.com

Affordability Center

No one who is looking to better themselves through higher education should have to graduate with unsustainable debt. Unfortunately, increasing numbers of students are taking larger and larger loans. According to the Institute for College Access & Success, over a 10-year period “average student debt at graduation has risen 56%, from $18,550 to $28,950, more than double the rate of inflation (25%).”

Even in the facing of these rapidly increasing numbers, students often feel that loans are there only recourse if they want a college education. We established AffordableColleges.com’s Affordability Center to provide students with the information and knowledge they need to finance their education without staggering debt. Here you will find the resources and guides compiled by our expert research team that will show you how you can make your college education affordable.

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MVD set to implement new law that waives some vehicle costs for survivors of military killed in line of duty.

PHOENIX – A state law taking effect Jan. 1 waives some vehicle fees and taxes for survivors of military members killed in service to the United States.

The law removes the vehicle registration fee and the Vehicle License Tax for one vehicle registered to an eligible surviving spouse or dependent who’s a resident of Arizona. It applies to all types of vehicles – including trailers – and is renewable on an annual basis.

The benefit applies to a surviving spouse or dependent of anyone killed or who died of injuries sustained in the line of duty with any branch of the U.S. military,including the National Guard, Coast Guard and Reserves.

To  confirm  eligibility,the  surviving family member  must visit a Motor Vehicle Division or Authorized Third Party office and present a U.S. Department of Defense Form 1300 Report of Casualty. Customers will also need to fill out an MVD Survivor of Fallen Military Member Exemption form. This document will be available atazdot.gov/mvd close to the effective date of Jan. 1, 2017, when the exemption can be issued.

The exemption is not applicable to a spouse who re­marries. Dependents from age 18 to 23 must provide a school transcript or class schedule showing at least 12 hours of classes in order to remain eligible.

MVD Plates for Surving Families Free (1)

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Serving Our Sisters

Women Veterans Empowering Each Other

Are you a female Veteran Needing an Allie to help you navigate the Phoenix VA Medical Center?

It can be comforting to have somebody there with you.

We have female volunteers ready to assist you.

Phone calls will be answered at Veterans First and you will be connected to an SOS volunteer

How to get help:

  1. Call 602-900-4578 or email ServingOurSistersArizona@gmail.com

  2. Give us your appointment date, time, location, and your name and phone number

  3. Inform us of any special request or additional information.

  4. A minimum 5 day notice is needed before your appointment so we can connect you to a volunteer

Refer to Postcard below:

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Veterans Health Administration Update

Whole Health Virtual Library

Over 35 modules and 161 clinical tools, in addition to course materials, are now readily available to augment the exploration, education and practice of Whole Health and contemporary, integrative methods.

The Whole Health Virtual Library is a user-friendly, evidence-supported compendium of practical and up-to-date resources, educational modules and clinical tools that support busy clinicians in holistically caring for Veterans, family members, and even themselves. Over 35 modules and 161 clinical tools, in addition to course materials, are readily available to augment the exploration, education and practice of Whole Health, making this the busy VA clinician’s top resource in support of Whole Health care for Veterans.  Each area of the Circle of Health and Well-being is reviewed in depth, including comprehensive overviews of relevant evidence as well as well-organized, easily accessible practical information and clinical pearls for patient care.

Whole Health places each person at the center of his or her own health care, promotes self-care and healing and emphasizes the importance of relationships and partnerships.   It incorporates a range of conventional and complementary approaches and shifts the focus of care toward health and well-being.

The Whole Health Virtual Library is a collaborative effort of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, Integrative Medicine Program (a national leader in Integrative Health), Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, and the VHA Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation, in support of VHA’s mission and transformational change towards a Whole Health model of health care delivery and its #1 strategic goal of providing personalized, proactive and patient-driven health care.

Read the full story

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Veterans Benefits Guide – Start Here

Here are the topics we will cover. To navigate, just click on a link and it will take you to that spot on the page. At the end of each section you can click a link to bring you right back to this index.

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Attached is a Caregiver Resource Guide to share with your military friends.

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Veteran suicides

Veterans accounted for 18 percent of all deaths from suicide among U.S. adults. This is a decrease from 22 percent in 2010.

Since 2001, the rate of suicide among U.S. veterans who use VA services increased by 8.8 percent, while the rate of suicide among veterans who do not use VA services increased by 38.6 percent. In the same time period, the rate of suicide among male Veterans who use VA services increased 11 percent, while the rate of suicide increased 35 percent among male Veterans who do not use VA services.

Among female veterans who use VA services, suicide increased 4.6 percent while the rate of suicide increased 98 percent among female veterans who do not use VA services.

The Department of Veterans Affairs released its findings from the nation’s most comprehensive analysis of veteran suicide rates in the United States in which VA examined more than 55 million veterans’ records from 1979 to 2014 from every state in the nation.

The effort advances VA’s knowledge from the previous report in 2012, which was primarily limited to information on veterans who used VHA health services or from mortality records obtained directly from 20 states and approximately 3 million records.

Compared to the data from the 2012 report, which estimated the number of veteran deaths by suicide to be 22 per day, the analysis indicates that in 2014, an average of 20 Veterans a day died from suicide.

A link to the report may be found at:http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/docs/2016suicidedatareport.pdf

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If you are a military veteran or if you know a veteran in Arizona, you may want to start looking at the Veterans Directory. A Phoenix non-profit created the new website, which provides resources and connections to community services and programs for veterans and veteran families.

The website also serves as a platform for veteran-owned businesses and companies supporting veterans to reach potential clients.

Organizations and businesses interested in being listed on the site can submit their information through an online portal.

Go to http://www.military.com/military-report/new-veterans-directory-in-arizona.html.

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Because of donations, we are able to offer our tenants assistance with some basic needs.

helpThere are many resources available to Veterans where we fall short and we’ve compiled resource information just for veterans in Phoenix, Arizona.  These pages include websites, contact information, and address details for veteran’s needs. This page of information will continue to grow as new resources become known everyday.

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS’ SERVICES AND LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

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GENERAL ASSISTANCE

Rally Point Arizona – Military Navigator’s – 480-784-1514

618 South Madison Drive, Tempe, AZ 85281

Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

http://www.rallypointaz.org/contact-us/

Community Bridges, Inc. (CBI) – Shane Leon – Veteran Liaison – 480-340-7942

CBI Administration
1855 W. Baseline Rd. • Ste. 101 Mesa, AZ 85202

http://communitybridgesaz.org/

Community Resource and  Referral Center (CRRC) – Regina Locke – Peer Support – 480-389-7837

1500 E. Thomas Rd. Ste 106, Phoenix AZ

Monday‐Friday 7:30am to 5pm

This is a one stop center with many resources listed below.
*  Case workers
*  Medical Triage
*  Access to help provide documentation
*  Housing assessment
*  Employment Assistance

EMPLOYMENT

Community Resource and  Referral Center (CRRC) – Terry Titus – Community Employment Coordinator 480-341-3904

1500 E. Thomas Rd. Ste 106, Phoenix AZ

Monday‐Friday 7:30am to 5pm

This is a one stop center with many resources listed below.
*  Case workers
*  Medical Triage
*  Access to help provide documentation
*  Housing assessment
*  Employment Assistance

EMERGENCY

Get Connected 211 – Emergency Services – Just dial 2-1-1 or 877-211-8661

2200 N Central Ave Ste 211, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1431

http://www.211arizona.org/