ANNOUNCEMENTS, NEWS, POSTS

From: Becky Fawson <becky@kingmanchamber.com>
Sent: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 10:43 AM
To: valen@kingmanchamber.com <valen@kingmanchamber.com>; info@kingmanchamber.com <info@kingmanchamber.com>
Subject: National Veterans Small Business Week 

Please see the message below and webinar offered by SBA.

Good Morning All …

“We are live” for Registrations – please invite any interested parties to sign up early for this very popular “2” hour Annual Veteran Event.

Many of us if not Veterans ourselves has a family member, loved one, friend or acquaintance that has served our country. Every year leading up to Veterans Day, November 11th our Nation takes time to give recognition to Veterans and their families.  Here at the Arizona District Office of SBA we’d like to ask all of you to kindly extend an invitation to any/all Veterans and/or their Family Members that your organizations may know to join us for this very popular Annual Webinar that this year is being delivered virtually.

It is being distributed Statewide and “NO” attendee’s do not have to drive anywhere & “YES” they can easily attend from the comfort of their own homes, businesses or wherever they’re located.  

This virtual webinar on Nov 5th is designed to provide information about the real “Nuts and Bolts”/“ABC’s” of what it takes to fulfill one of our Countries Cherished visions – Business Ownership.  Done right and with a “whole lot of help and hard work” it can be an amazingly wonderful opportunity.   

Thank you one and all for the helping hand … proud to be in your presence.

V/r

“Jim”

USAF Veteran

James Pipper, Lead Economic Development & National

National “Award Winning” Veteran Business Development Officer  
U.S. Small Business Administration

Arizona District Office

Cell: 602-600-1711

James.pipper@sba.gov

SBA-Hor-2

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The JAVC is in the process of completing two separate grants and the future looks to be better. One of the requirements of the VA GPD grant was that we have a veteran that has been homeless in the past but is now housed as a member of the BOD. The BOD has added Richard Mickle in this slot. Richard was homeless for 26 years and is now housed. He has been a staunch volunteer for the last five years and is one of the reasons we are successful. I will let you know when the process has been completed and what the requirements and benefits are as of right now I am not sure, and the bottom line has yet to be signed.

The Arizona State Department of Veterans Services has trained, and dedicated Veterans Benefits Counselors and they are moving to all virtual contact. They will visit those requiring in person assistance. I’ll get the new telephone number published as soon as it’s known.

The Lake Havasu City Veterans Resource Fair will be held Saturday, October 17th at the Aquatic Center from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. This event is open to all veterans and their families. Additional Stand Down information can be found at https://www.azhousingcoalition.org/avsa.html

The Maricopa County Stand Down will be doing free basic dental work. We will be taking a shuttle to this event and I won’t know how many veterans I can transport as that is dependent upon current CDC COVID-19 guidelines. I recommend that you send in a request for a seat as soon as possible to president@javc.org

We have added a contact telephone number for non-monetary donations. Please call 928-715-2156 to determine if we can accept your specific items. What we can accept changes on a regular basis, and we appreciate your consideration of our veterans with your donation. Check us out at www.javc.org and Facebook www.facebook.com/www.javc.org and www.facebook.com/Operation6ArnoldPlaza Take a chance on the BBQ Grill or make a donation.

November is JAVC month at Annie’s Art Attic, 2575 Northern Ave, Kingman, AZ 86409. On Saturday November 7th we will be having a BIG, BIG Yard sale, from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Stop by and browse the lot for any special item you may need. Proceeds benefit Veterans.

On Saturday November 14th and Saturday November 21st we will have an information booth from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Organizational and membership information along with a raffle will be happening. Did you know we are an QCO? Don’t know what that is, if you owe Arizona State tax stop in and we review this opportunity with you.

On Saturday November 28th we will be drawing the winning ticket for a beautiful BBQ Grill. You can purchase tickets from home on our website www.javc.org/BBQ grill.

Stay safe out there!

Pat Farrell, President, JAVC

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An important message from Pat Farrell, President of JAVC.

JAVC Update

The Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council has helped nearly 3,000 veterans since its inception.   We continue to aid military veterans and their immediate families. Individual assistance decisions are made based on circumstances. We may provide direct assistance or refer them to our community partners. Decisions are based on a “hand-up” process.

We continue to sponsor Veterans Resources Fairs in Lake Havasu City, Bullhead City, and Kingman. Recently we have been asked to assist with two LaPaz County Stand Downs, along with the Arizona Department of Veterans Services and the Arizona Stand Down Alliance who provide the funding. We will continue to support these events to provide localized, specific services for these areas. We are seeking community partners to take over leadership for each of these most needed affairs.

Recently an anonymous person sent out postcards to “Fellow Merchant” in downtown Kingman. There was no return address or signature on the mailing.  Many unfounded salacious statements were made that were simply incorrect. The slander was more of a personal attack on me. However, because this obviously unsigned and uninformed accusatory mailing disparages our members, our community partners, and my wife, I wanted to update you on what is happening with the JAVC.

We still support Mohave County Veterans Treatment Courts as about 200 veterans have graduated and returned to a successful civilian life after receiving the services that they so desperately needed.

After several unavoidable delays including COVID-19, we are still in the process of completing our Operation 6 program and facility. Operation 6 is a 25-unit Transitional Housing program for military veterans only, male and female. The facility currently meets all city regulations including the fire code. We have food, water, clothing, and toiletries available for those in need. We will be advertising paid positions as required by our grant awards. We have already added one full-time and one part-time position. These positions were required by the Veterans Administration in order to comply with the recently awarded Grant per Diem program. This grant will allow us to work with about 50 veterans every year to identify barriers and to provide whatever we can to remove those barriers. They will then be able to either locate housing (if unable to work) or training and employment if ready to return to work. Many employers prefer hiring military veterans due to their background and training.

Even without a fully functioning physical facility, JAVC has continued to make a difference in the lives of our veterans. I have no idea how any of these programs offend anyone. The anonymous writer of this defamatory postcard can contact me via email president@javc.org to verify any facts prior to another mailing. If the postcard had included contact information, I would have been happy to answer any questions about JAVC.

To date we have over $900,000 invested in our Operation 6 facility. These funds come from grants, donations, tax credits, and fundraisers. THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR SUPPORT! (Check us out at www.javc.org to donate on-line and obtain more information about our organization.)

We very much appreciate every member, volunteer, and community partner along with those who support our mission. We “Welcome Home” all our military veterans and thank them for their service.

Dorn Patrick Farrell
President, JAVC

Network Update- Thursday August 20 2020

medicare dot govWhat to know about contact tracingIf you’ve been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you may be contacted by a contact tracer or public health worker from your state or local health department in an effort to help slow the spread of the disease. Here’s what to know if you get a call:A contact tracer may call to let you know you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. All information you share with a contact tracer, like who you’ve been in contact with and your recent whereabouts, is confidential.You may be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. This means staying home, monitoring your health, and maintaining social distance from others at all times.You may be asked to monitor your health and watch for symptoms of COVID-19Notify your doctor if you develop symptoms, and seek medical care if your symptoms worsen or become severe.Contact TracingBe aware of scammers pretending to be COVID-19 contact tracers. Legitimate contact tracers will never ask for your Medicare Number or financial information. If someone calls and asks for personal information, like your Medicare Number, hang up and report it to us at 1-800-MEDICARE.Sincerely,The Medicare TeamYou can update your preferences or use our 1-click unsubscribe to stop receiving messages from the Medicare Team.u s department of health and human servicesThis message is paid for by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It was created and distributed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. You’re receiving this message because you signed up for email updates from the Medicare Team.

Economic Impact Statement.

From: Courtney Smythe <courtney@arizonacoalition.org>
Sent: Thursday, August 13, 2020 2:50 PM
Subject: Join Us on Friday, August 21, 2020 for the Military/Veteran Resource Navigation Training 

Military/Veteran Resource Navigation Training Webinar

ONLINE – August 21, 2020 – 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Arizona is home to over 500,000 service members, veterans & their families. 

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 You can help them to Be Connected by learning about Military/Veteran Resource Navigation!

Everyone can have a role in connecting service members, veterans & their families to information, support & resources. In the same way that CPR or First Aid training prepares you to help someone who is injured, Resource Navigation training prepares you to help someone who needs resources. This training covers:

· The available tools to help someone connect to resources, including a support line and Resource Connection Guide 

· How to help a person or family find the right door

· Key factors that may affect a person or family’s access to resources

· Navigation strategies

· How to link into the military/veteran community to find resources to address a range of issues and needs

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Comments from Resource Navigation training participants:

“The Resource Connection Guide is the best tool I have ever seen for helping service members, veterans & families.”

“This training is exactly what we need for our community.”

“I’ve worked in this field for a long time, and I learned so many new things today.”

Join the 4,800+ Arizonans who are an open door for Arizona’s service members, veterans & their families!

Upcoming training date & location:

August 21, 2020 – 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

ONLINE via Zoom Webinar.

There is no cost for the training but please register in advance.

Register onlinehttps://2020acmfnavigationtraining.eventbrite.com

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Interested in becoming an Arizona Veteran Supportive Employer (AVSE)?

Learn best practices for the recruitment, hiring and retention of service members, veterans and their families by checking out the no-cost AVSE training webinar on September 8, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

Register online: https://2020acmfavsetraining.eventbrite.com

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Arizona’s Be Connected Support Line: 1-866-4AZ-VETS (429-8387)

National Veterans Crisis Line1-800-273-8255, Option 1

From: NADCP <info@nadcp.org>
Sent: Thursday, July 23, 2020 2:05 PM
To: president javc.org <president@javc.org>
Subject: Congress Passes Veterans Treatment Court Coordination Act 

Congress Passes Veterans Treatment Court Coordination Act 
On July 20, Congress passed the Veterans Treatment Court Coordination Act of 2019. The bill, expected to be signed into law by President Trump, ensures the Department of Justice and its Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) continues its outstanding leadership in advancing the veterans treatment court field and makes no changes to the existing veterans treatment court program at BJA. Since the inception of the veterans treatment court movement, NADCP has led the effort on Capitol Hill to secure federal funding and congressional authorization for the program. As a result, the Veterans Treatment Court Program was congressionally authorized in 2016. In the years since, NADCP and the veterans treatment court field have fought to increase funding. The current $23 million authorization from Congress is a testament to bipartisan support this effort has achieved. “NADCP is grateful for the strong support Congress has shown for veterans treatment courts,” said NADCP CEO Carson Fox. “Since the first veterans treatment court launched in 2008, it has been our privilege to lead this movement.”For over a decade, BJA has provided funding for communities to start and enhance a veterans treatment court, including supporting NADCP’s Justice For Vets in providing research-driven training and technical assistance. The Veterans Treatment Court Coordination Act demonstrates the widespread congressional support for this program and its importance to the veterans treatment court field.  “The Department of Justice has been an incredible leader in supporting and sustaining veterans treatment courts,” said Justice For Vets Director Scott Tirocchi. “Justice For Vets is honored to assist their critical work by providing comprehensive, research-driven training and technical assistance to the veterans treatment court field.”Together, NADCP and Justice For Vets will continue to meet the needs of veterans treatment courts across the nation.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

July 24, 2020

Contact: Hannah Hurley

Press@sinema.senate.gov

202-228-0598

Sinema to VA: Develop Strategy to Support Veterans Experiencing Homelessness in Arizona

 Sinema’s bipartisan letter urges the VA to work with community partners and help guide local efforts supporting veterans experiencing homelessness in Arizona

WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema urged the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to develop a coordinated strategy that helps guide local efforts supporting veterans experiencing homelessness in Arizona.

“The VA must work hand-in-hand with community partners in Arizona to ensure veterans experiencing homelessness are safe and protected from COVID-19,” said Sinema, a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

In her bipartisan letter, Sinema asked the VA what steps it is taking to work with community partners and ensure a coordinated and collaborative response to support the homeless veteran community. Sinema underlines that this coordinated partnership with local partners must focus on infection control and prevention, comprehensive testing, proactive care for veterans testing positive for COVID-19, and proper access to PPE, testing, and training resources for staff.

Sinema recently introduced the Homeless Veterans Coronavirus Response Act of 2020—legislation bringing relief and resources to the VA’s Homeless Program Office by expanding its authorities to provide food, transportation, and communications technologies to homeless veterans and easing requirements that are especially onerous during the coronavirus pandemic. Sinema also recently introduced legislation providing a new $75 billion Housing Assistance Fund to help everyday Arizona families afford rent and mortgage payments during the coronavirus pandemic.

Last year, Sinema cosponsored the Homeless Veterans Prevention Act that expands upon existing programs that help homeless veterans and provides greater resources to prevent veteran homelessness.

Sinema has also added a resources page to her website, www.sinema.senate.gov/corona, for Arizonans looking for the latest information on coronavirus.