Across the country, communities are engaged in collaboration efforts in support of service members, veterans & their families. Over the past six years, the Arizona Coalition for Military Families and our public and private sector partners have developed and promoted best practices for state-level collaboration that results in tangible positive impacts on our military and veteran population.
BEST PRACTICE MODELS EMERGING FROM ARIZONA INCLUDE:
–Arizona Coalition for Military Families – Public/private partnership model with a nonprofit fiscal sponsor
–Be Connected – A statewide suicide prevention initiative that builds upon our community’s existing capacity.
–5-Year Plan to End Homelessness – Partnership between the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services & U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as numerous community partners, in coordination with national plan
–Arizona National Guard Be Resilient Program – Implemented in 2011 under the leadership of Major General Hugo E. Salazar, The Adjutant General, this program focused on building resilience, crisis response, stress first aid and connection to external resource via the Coalition
–Arizona National Guard/Vet Center Memorandum of Understanding – This partnership engaged the Mobile Vet Center to provide on-site response to stress, crisis and traumatic events that occured within Arizona National Guard units
–Arizona Roadmap to Veteran Employment – Engages job seekers, employment service providers, employers and the community to connect service members, veterans and their families to employment opportunities, training and resources.
–Vetting process – Using Arizona’s innovative Guidelines for CARE, a partner vetting process serves as the gateway to the Military/Veteran Resource Network
NATIONAL JOINING COMMUNITY FORCES (JCF) INITIATIVE:
What we’re doing here in Arizona is part of a larger nationwide push to engage communities on the local level to care for service members, veterans and their families. Joining Community Forces combines the efforts of the White House, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and National Guard Bureau into a united focus on state-level collaboration.
View a short video about Joining Community Forces (featuring Arizona) here:
Arizona’s model is highlighted in a report released in April 2012 titled “Well After Service: Veteran Reintegration and American Communities,” focused on highlighting best practices for state-level, community-based models to support service members, veterans and their families. A representative of ACMF was part of a working group that contributed to the dialogue to develop the content of the report in support of the Joining Community Forces initiative. Download the report here: http://www.cnas.org/wellafterservice
Inaugural Joining Community Forces Workshop
In October 2014, Arizona was invited to present our capacity-building model as part of a best practice showcase of states at the first National Guard Bureau Joining Community Forces Workshop at Camp Dawson in West Virginia. In addition to a presentation of our model, there was also a panel discussion with the other best practice states. The event was hosted by General Frank J. Grass, Chief, National Guard Bureau. Also in attendance were Brigadier General Ivan Denton, National Guard Director of Manpower and Personnel, The Adjutants General from all 54 states and territories, representatives of federal JCF partners and teams from the National Guard of each state and territory.
View the video of the opening remarks and best practice showcase here (the Arizona briefing starts around 2:12):
View the video of the panel discussion here:
Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
In April 2014, Colonel James P. Isenhower, III, from the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, presented the keynote address at the 5th Annual Statewide Symposium in Support of Service Members, Veterans & Their Families (video courtesy of Eight, Arizona PBS):
ACMF was invited to be a part of the Insight interview series by m/Oppenheim. View an interview with ACMF representative Nicola Winkel here:
The Arizona Coalition for Military Families is recognized as a Four-Star Blueprint Community as part of the national Community Blueprint, administered by the Points of Light Foundation.
NATIONAL CONFERENCES AND CONVENINGS:
Representatives of the Arizona Coalition for Military Families have participated in interstate and national conferences and convenings related to building community support for service members, veterans & families:
2017 VA/DoD Suicide Prevention Conference in Denver, CO – Arizona’s Be Connected program was presented in a breakout session.
2014 National Guard Bureau inaugural Joining Community Forces Workshop at Camp Dawson, West Virginia – Arizona was invited to present our capacity-building model as part of a best practice showcase and to participate in a panel discussion (video above).
2014 SAMHSA Implementation Academy in Baltimore, MD – Arizona attended the first Implementation Academy focused on strengthening support for military families.
2013 National Conference on Volunteerism and Service & Military Summit in Washington, D.C. – Representatives of ACMF presented at the main conference and the Military Summit.
2013 SAMHSA Veterans Policy Academies in Washington, D.C. – Arizona was invited to participate in the Policy Academies as an alumni state and to provide technical assistance to other states going through the process for the first time.
2012 VA/DoD Suicide Prevention Conference in Washington, D.C. – Representatives of ACMF, the Arizona National Guard and TriWest Healthcare Alliance presented on Arizona’s cross-sector integrated training model for suicide prevention.
2012 National Conference on Volunteerism and Service – Community Blueprint Summit for Change in Chicago – Representatives of ACMF presented at the Summit and main conference on strategies for effective military/community partnerships.
2012 Technical Assistance Training – In conjunction with our annual Symposium and in partnership with SAMHSA, ACMF hosted representatives of ten states for an advanced technical assistance training focused on state-level collaboration.
2012 Defense Leadership Conference – ACMF was invited to brief the spouses of senior military leaders, including the spouses of National Guard Adjutant Generals from every state.
2011 Office of the Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs – Family & Employer Programs and Policies – ACMF briefed national key stakeholders and partners on our public/private partnership model for state-level collaboration.
2011 Working Group in support of the Joining Community Forces Initiative – ACMF briefed our public/private partnership model and contributed to the dialogue on best practice approaches for community collaboration.
2011 Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff panel on Warrior and Family Support – ACMF was invited to brief our partnership effort and participate in a panel focused on community support for warriors and families.
2011 SAMHSA Veterans Policy Academy – This follow up event included mini-teams from Policy Academy alumni states. ACMF briefed on our Military/Veteran Employment Initiative.
2011 Department of Defense Family Resilience Conference in Chicago – A team from Arizona presented our public/private partnership model.
2011 Roundtable focused on veteran employment with Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.
2010 & 2011 Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Veterans Policy Academy – ACMF has a lead role in implementing the action plan developed by a team of Arizona public and private stakeholders at the SAMHSA Veterans Policy Academy in Washington, D.C. in 2010. ACMF participated in follow up Policy Academies on state-level collaboration and tribal veterans in 2011.
2010 Roundtable hosted by the White House National Security Council Staff and the Office of the Secretary of Defense – ACMF was invited to present the public/private partnership model used in Arizona as a best practice approach for fostering state-level collaboration in support of service members, veterans & their families.
SAMHSA Veterans Policy Academy – Arizona was one of ten states to participate in a Veterans Policy Academy. The team consisted of leadership from key stakeholders from military, government and community organizations. The team developed an Action Plan with ACMF as the umbrella and facilitator to implement the plan.