The eighth annual “Stand Up for Veterans” event takes place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9 at Arizona Christian University, 1 W. Firestorm Way, Glendale.
The event is in partnership with Stand Down for Veterans, and provides opportunities for veterans to access services, tailored to their life experiences and needs, in a central location.
“I continue to be impressed with the success of this event, year over year. I am grateful that our community continues to come together to assist our veterans and their families,” Glendale Mayor Jerry P. Weiers, who initiated the Glendale Stand Up event, stated in a news release.
Numerous military and veteran affairs committees (MVAC) actively coordinate and promote the event. MVACs are local committees representing city, state and federal agencies, local businesses, and nonprofit partners, who organize and execute the events and initiatives that benefit veterans throughout the Valley.
“We are mindful of the historic role that our campus, site of the Thunderbird Air Field, played in equipping thousands of young air cadets to help defeat the Axis Powers during World War II,” ACU President Len Munsil stated. “ACU is honored to be recognized by the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services as a ‘Veteran Supportive Campus’ and to host this event as we continue our commitment to serve veterans and their families.”
Primary funding for the event comes from a grant from the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services and is administered by the Sandy Coor Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1433.
A critical service available to veterans at the event is access to court and legal services. Glendale City Court Presiding Judge Nicholas DiPiazza will represent Arizona Municipal Courts.
“Our judges and staff will be working in conjunction with the Arizona Motor Vehicles Department and with numerous other Municipal Courts throughout the state to provide on-site adjudication of pending misdemeanor and traffic cases for veterans. We can help veterans with drivers licenses suspended due to failure to resolve fines and fees and to get suspensions lifted by doing community restitution,” Judge DiPiazza stated. “This is an opportunity to restore driving privileges and to get veterans back to work.”
Glendale’s Community Services Department will provide transportation from Arizona Christian University to Historic Sahuaro Ranch Park, where the community work service project will take place.
The Arizona Motor Vehicle Division will also be present to advise veterans of requirements for reinstatement of their driving privileges and other title and licensing issues.
Additionally, Glendale’s Prosecutors Office and members of the State Bar of Arizona will provide free consultations for civil matters while attorneys from the Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office will be available for felony matters.
More than 40 employers, each with current openings, will be on site with representatives and interviewers at the event, and over 60 Veterans Service Organizations will be present providing free information regarding services provided to veterans. Veterans can apply for health care and other benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and social service agencies.
The City of Glendale Community Action Program will also be in attendance as they regularly assist veterans in need.
Several nonprofits will be in attendance to assist with family and personal matters.
Vitalant will be also be holding an on site blood drive with room to accommodate 100 donors, in which anyone can participate. Over the past year, Valley veterans have required more than 2,100 lifesaving blood components.
In addition, representatives from the Maricopa County Health Department will be administering COVID and flu shots for veterans and their family members.
Rolfs Salon will provide free haircuts to participants, and Republic Services will be provide lunch to all attendees.
Visit GlendaleStandUp.org for event details or to schedule a time to donate blood.