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* UPDATED: 10 Nov 2020 *
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 over 50 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.
In 2016, we established our Scholarship program to provide assistance to veterans enrolled in an on-campus program leading toward a Bachelors or Masters degree. In 2020, we extended our program to include the immediate family member of veterans killed in action or by an act of terror. We hope to include the immediate family members of 100% service-connected disabled veterans in 2021.
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?“