Veteran’s Day and Veteran Resources

52 Stat. 351, 5 U. S. Code §87 was on approved May 13, 1938, making the 11th of November in each year legal holiday dedicated to the cause of world peace and was to be known as Armistice Day. Armistice Day was a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I.  In 1954, “Armistice” was replaced with “Veterans” and the 11th day of November became a day to honor all American veterans of all wars.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower, in issuing the first Veterans Day Proclamation, stated:

“In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible.”

Maricopa County provides a portal with  access to programs, services and resources provided by Maricopa County and other public sector or community sites at the following link http://www.maricopa.gov/veterans/.  Some programs include housing and legal; training and education; employment; and wellness.

In addition, the following links also provide access to other resources for veterans.

The Arizona Department of Economic Security has a resource page for veterans and their families.   One program, the Benefits Check Up Arizona,  is a confidential web-based service that screens for veterans for potential eligibility for Medicare, Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage and Medicare Savings Programs.  You can also find information about ending homelessness for veterans.

The Maricopa County Superior Court has a Veteran’s Court which was established in 2011 to address the growing number of veterans involved in the criminal justice system.  Two of the primary goals of the Veteran’s Court are to provide one integrated court to address veteran issues in the justice system and to reduce veteran recidivism and increase the number of veterans receiving access to services.

The City of Phoenix also runs a Veteran’s Court.  Phoenix’s Veteran’s Court “focuses on ensuring that veterans entering the criminal justice system make contact with specific programs to address the root causes of the behavior that resulted in the veteran becoming a defendant in the criminal justice system.”

The Maricopa County Human Services Department  has a workforce connection program that provides a personal guide to help veterans and their families with access to many state and federal programs like housing and other immediate transitional services as well as one-on-one vocational assistance.

Effective September 16, 2013, ADOT has implemented Arizona House Bill 2428, signed into law in 2012, allowing veterans the option to have the “VETERAN” designation on their driver license, commercial driver license, identification card or instruction permit denoting their military service. In addition, veterans applying for an Arizona commercial driver license will have the option to request a waiver of the skills test if they meet certain requirements.

 

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