Thank you to all the planning partners, sponsors, presenters, exhibitors, volunteers and participants that made the 7th Annual Symposium the best event yet!

Save the date for next year…April 19 & 20, 2017!


The Coalition and our public & private sector planning partners are pleased to present the

7th Annual Statewide Symposium in Support of Service Members, Veterans & Their Families

April 20 & 21, 2016

Desert Willow Conference Center
4340 E. Cotton Center Blvd, Phoenix, AZ

Download the Symposium Packet


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(Please scroll down below for available discounts and the scholarship request form.)


2016 Symp Planning Partners

This year’s event will feature:

2 days of programming & 7 tracks – all focused on increasing knowledge, skills & abilities for serving and supporting the military, veteran and family population.

The opportunity to hear from state and national leaders during the morning general sessions.

Networking with representatives from the military, government & community.

Exhibitor fair with programs and resources to assist service members, veterans & families.

Continuing Education Units provided for a variety of disciplines (see below for details).

Military/Veteran in AZ • Children, Youth & Families
Basic Needs, Benefits & Beyond
Legal & Vet Courts • Employers
Clinical Practice & Skills • Faith & Spirituality

Download the 2016 Symposium Agenda

(Please note that topics and speakers are subject to change, however the most current agenda will always be posted here.)

ACMF Symposium Promo Video from Arizona Coalition on Vimeo.

We are pleased to announce our general session speakers for the Symposium.

Wednesday, 4/20 – General Session

State Leadership Panel – Looking to the Future

Tom Betlach, Director – AHCCCS

Timothy Jeffries, Director – Arizona Department of Economic Security

Sean Price, Senior Advisor – Office of the Governor

Col (Ret.) Wanda Wright, Director – Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services

Thursday, 4/21 – General Session

Lessons from Coalition Building

John R. Allen, retired U.S. Marine Corps four-star general & former commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan

Presented by APS


Comments from past Symposium Attendees:

“I know this is a massive event to pull off every year, but every year, it gets better and better. The breakout sessions were some of the best I have ever attended!”

“The Symposium was well-planned and filled with a great balance of resources. We came away with so many places to turn to if our group needs help.”

“Impressed with the immensity of importance of the mission ACMF has taken on. In a word, [I am] “hopeful” in regards to the plight of our veterans and families and their future, especially in Arizona.

Also, with all of the bad press about predatory, aggressive organizations trying to capitalize on veterans it is good to see and be a part of the work being done here…again, HOPEFUL!”


AGENDA: Download the 2016 Symposium Agenda

(Please note that topics and speakers are subject to change, however the most current agenda will always be posted here.)

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS: All attendees can request a certificate of attendance or continuing education credits at no additional cost by completing a request after the event. At the Symposium, please visit the continuing education table by registration for more information. If you have questions about continuing education, please email or call 602-753-8802.

To request continuing education, please complete the short form at this link: Continuing Education Form

NURSING: This event has been approved for 8.5 Continuing Education Units by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider Number: CEP12830

SOCIAL WORK: Your application for CEU-Preapproval from the AZ Chapter of NASW for “Statewide Symposium in Support of Service Members, Veterans & Their Families” (04/20 -04/21/2016) is approved for a total of 12.75 contact hours. Your certification number is 3064.

COUNSELORS: A certificate of attendance will be provided (unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control, pre-approval could not be obtained for NBCC credit).

PACE/CCM: This program has been pre-approved by The Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit CCM board certified case managers. The course is approved for 8.5 CE Contact hours. Activity Code: C00020677  Approval Number:160001469

CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION (CLE): Symposium programming may be eligible for CLE credit. A CLE certificate of participation will be provided for attorneys who wish to utilize this continuing education event for credit. Email to request a form.

SCHOLARSHIPS: Thanks to the support of our partners and sponsors, full and partial scholarships are available to offset the cost of registration for those who would not otherwise be able to attend and to those traveling from outside of Central Arizona. To request a scholarship, please complete this form: Scholarship Request Form


Discounts are available for Military/Veteran Resource Network partner organizations and Arizona Veteran Supportive Employers and Military/Veteran Resource Navigators. Discount links will be sent to all partners, employers and navigators by the end of February. If you haven’t received your email, please contact us at or 602-753-8802.

For groups of 3+ from the same organization, please use this link to register for a 10% discount.

For groups of 8+ from the same organization, please use this link to register for a 15% discount.


Exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact or 602-753-8802 for more information.

NOTE: Exhibitor registration is separate from participant registration.


Requests for cancellation must be received by 3/31/16 at Registrations may be transferred to another individual. For special accommodations, email or call 602-753-8802.


Event powerpoints will be posted here after the event.


For information on the 2010 – 2015 Symposiums, visit the event archive page.