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UNIFIED ARIZONA VETERANS (UAV) -  The Voice of Arizona's Veterans

Reprinted from their website: http://azuav.org/


Welcome to the Unified Arizona Veteran’s (UAV) website.  The UAV was founded by the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in December 1981 as a consortium of Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs) supporting veterans and their families residing in the state of Arizona.  Since then, the UAV has grown to a half hundred member organizations representing the half million (+) veterans who call Arizona home.

We support our fellow veterans and their families by acting as one united and powerful voice, advocating for veteran related issues to both the Executive and Legislative branches of the State of Arizona.  Just as importantly, we act as a two-way conduit for veteran related information affecting our individual VSO member organizations.

In 2001, we founded the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame (AVHOF), the second veterans hall of fame in the United States.  We annually select outstanding state veterans who have made significant personal contributions to their community, state, or nation.  These clearly exceptional veterans are then submitted for the Governor’s approval for induction into the Hall of Fame which is normally held in late October each year.

The UAV also supports various veteran related events and celebrations throughout the year.  The UAV, in concert with the Arizona Department of Veterans Services, conducts the annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Service held at Wesley Bolin Plaza on December the 7th.  In August 2015, the UAV, the Republic of China (Taiwan) Veterans Association of Phoenix, and the American Legion Judge Thomas Tang Post 50, co-hosted the World War Two VJ Day 2015 celebrating 70 years of peace.  We honored 53 living WW-II veterans for their service.  The 53 included 11 Chinese-American veterans, two U. S. Marine Navajo Code Talkers, two Tuskegee Airmen, and 38 other U. S. military service men and women.  In addition, the UAV co-hosted the U. S. Global Leadership Coalition’s “Forum on Global Leadership: What’s at Stake for Arizona?

Unified Arizona Veterans meets the first Saturday of each month (except July & August) at the Arizona State Veterans’ Home (4141 N S Herrera Way, Phoenix, AZ 85012), Liberty Hall (2nd Floor) beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Meeting Minutes are on the

Meeting Minutes > Unified Arizona Veterans Meeting Minutes menu item.

Jan 4, 2020: Update -

1) The Military Family Relief Fund Application has been modified. The application form is attached to this email and is also found on our website at: https://dvs.az.gov/requesting-MFRF.  We are proud to announce that we will be accepting Pre-9/11 veterans as of January 1, 2020. 
You will notice the applicant will now select which era he or she has served in the first page and continue with the fillable application form. Important modification on eligibility requirements too. (view on ADVS website).
NOTE: The Arizona Military Family Relief Fund (MFRF) was established by the Arizona Legislature in 2007 to provide financial assistance to the families of currently deployed service members and Post-9/11 Military and Veteran Families for hardships caused by the service member’s deployment after September 11, 2001.
2) The HBOT program began with the passing of House Bill 2513, which established a fund to be used to assist veterans with the costs associated with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and the Military Veterans Advisory Committee that determines how to award the monies. To read the HBOT legislation, please visit:  https://www.azleg.gov/legtext/53leg/2R/laws/0098.pdf 
The Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services is seeking volunteers to serve on the Military Veterans Advisory committee who will administer the fund to cover the cost of HBOT for veterans. Per the statute, the committee must be comprised of doctors, military unit commanders and active or retired military personnel.

Interested parties, please visit https: https://bc.azgovernor.gov/bc/form/boards-and-commissions-application  
Please contact Jimmy Cortez at (602) 234-5804 or JCortez@azdvs.gov for more information.