Arizona Coalition for Military Families

14th Annual Statewide Symposium

April 17 & 18, 2024

Desert Willow Conference Center

4340 E. Cotton Center Boulevard

Phoenix, Arizona 85040

The Statewide Symposium is the only statewide conference that brings together military, government and community to focus on strengthening services and support for Arizona’s 500,000+ service members, veterans and their families. 

The event is being held for the 13th year and features breakout sessions, keynote speakers, exhibitors, and networking opportunities focused on providing knowledge, skills, and tools to serve and support the military and veteran community.


Registration will open in January 2024


2023 Symposium Agenda

(Note that speakers and topics are subject to change. The most updated agenda will always be posted at this link.)

Registration includes all event programming, breakfast, lunch, snacks, beverages and the networking reception on day one. Please scroll down for scholarship request information if the registration fee is a barrier to attending.




2 Days of Programming and 12 Tracks: All programming is focused on increasing knowledge, skills & abilities for serving and supporting the military, veteran and family population. General Sessions: Learn about key statewide initiatives and hear directly from leaders in our military and veteran community.

Networking: Representatives from the military, government and community in attendance. Our networking reception at the end of day one includes refreshments, music and gift basket giveaways.

Exhibitor Fair: Programs and resources to assist service members, veterans and their families.

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



Symposium Tracks



Everyone is welcome to attend! This includes:

 Service members (Active Duty, Guard, Reserve) & their family members

    Veterans & their family members

    Representatives of military, government and community organizations:

        Health care & allied health professionals

        Mental health providers & social workers

        First responders

        Managed care providers

        Veteran Service Organization members

        Employers & HR professionals

        Educators (early childhood, K-12, higher ed)

        Faith-based community representatives 


Continuing Education:

10.5 hours of CEUs are available from NASW (National Association of Social Workers). Determination of credit is pending on the other disciplines. For CEU questions please email



Thanks to the support of our partners and sponsors, full 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 that would experience financial hardship.


Discounted Registration:

Discount links will be sent to all partners, employers and navigators in February. If you don’t receive your link via email, please contact us at

Discounts are also available for groups registering from the same organization. Please use these codes to register all participants at the same time:

  • 10% off 3+ attendees from the same organization: group3+
  • 15% off 8+ attendees from the same organization: group8+

Registration links will be provided to VA employees, military personnel and sponsor attendees. If you do not receive a link from your organization, please email


Exhibitors and Sponsors:

If your organization is interested in exhibiting or sponsoring the Symposium, please contact or 602-753-8802 x740 for more information.

Please note that exhibitor registration is separate from participant registration and must be confirmed in advance.


Hotel Accommodations:

Desert Willow Conference Center is located south of Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix. Hotels near the airport, especially on the south side, will be in close proximity to the event.

The Coalition does not have a specific room block available at any of the hotels listed below, however the Homewood Suites and Courtyard may offer a special rate for attendees of conference center events.

Nearby hotels include:

Homewood Suites by Hilton Phoenix Airport

Courtyard Phoenix Airport

GreenTree Inn & Suites

Phoenix Marriott Tempe at the Buttes       

Wyndham Phoenix Airport/Tempe

You can find other hotels here on Google Maps.



Registrations may be transferred to another individual at any time.

For special accommodations, including dietary restrictions, please email or call 602-753-8802 X740 by 4/1/23.


Event Materials:

All available presentations and handouts are posted on the ACMF Event Center



Please contact the event team at:

602-753-8802 X740


Symposium Archive

To view previous Symposium events and recordings of our virtual Symposiums in 2021 and 2022, visit the event archive page to view overviews for each event.