On Friday, May 10, U.S.VETS – Phoenix hosted an event to celebrate Memorial Day and Armed Forces Day. Over 150 veterans from the Grand Veterans Village and Victory Place campuses came to celebrate, and several VIP alumni also attended.
Mayor Jerry Weiers of Glendale spoke and thanked our veterans for their service. Mayor Weiers also announced his upcoming “Stand Up” event to be held in the City of Glendale at the Glendale Community College, which will focus on preventing homelessness.
Alex Newton, an alumni of the VIP program and newest VSA employee for U.S.VETS – Phoenix, told her story during the opening ceremony for the event. She spoke about hope, and how U.S.VETS-Phoenix did not allow her to lose hope in herself. At the conclusion of her speech Mayor Weiers presented Alex with the Mayor’s Coin, and commended her for not giving up and for being a beacon of light to other homeless veterans.
After the opening ceremony it was time for fun! There was a BBQ with live music, and a variety of games like Bingo, ping-pong, dominoes, Texas Hold ‘Em, and a billiards tournament. The bravest souls in attendence even participated in a karaoke competition! Bingo prizes were handed out by special guests, the Vintage Vixens. In all over $1,500 in Wal-Mart gift cards were awarded. Many of our veterans said that it was the best event that they had attended.
Thanks to everyone who came out and joined us, and special thanks to the Arizona Relocation Alliance, Rinaldi’s, and Brookfield for sponsoring such an amazing event. We look forward to doing it again next year!
See a photo gallery of the event: