Disabled American Veterans Chapter 20 will be conducting their annual "forget-me-not" fund drive Jan. 31, and Feb.1 at the Golden Corral restaurants in Glendale and Goodyear, as well as at the Luke AFB commissary. All donations go to needy veterans.
The Maricopa County StandDown for homeless veterans and in need veterans will be held Feb 12-13 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix. Volunteers are still needed for shifts on those days. Last year, 1,759 veterans in those categories were helped, an increase of 250 veterans from the previous year and a yearly increase of about 250 since 2008, when 502 attended. Please go to www.arizonastanddown.org and sign up.
The next free legal clinic will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 28 at the University of Arizona Recreation Building, 1400 E. Sixth St., Tucson. Park and enter in rear of building. The following legal areas will be available: divorce/custody/child support, debt counseling/bankruptcy, tax issues, landlord/tenant issues, basic estate planning, simple will, etc. Register in advance so you will receive forms needed for the clinic. Appointments take priority over walk-ins. Contact Norman Fulton III, Legal Clinic director, at 480-363-6880or email@example.com.
The Pinal County Memorial Foundation Mardi Gras Celebration fund-raiser with the Dixieland All Star Band, featuring members of the Arizona Opry, will take place from 2-5 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Gold Canyon Golf Club, Gold Canyon, 6100 Kings Ranch Road. All profits will go toward the Pinal County Veterans Memorial Foundation Building Fund. Details: Nancy Fassbender, 520-723-4844.
Philanthro-X Pest Control is teaming with a group of local business owners, realty agents and residents this February to say thank you to a veteran. They are looking to provide home services to a vet in need of some help, and the project can entail anything from minor repair work, landscaping, roof repair and any interior or exterior work. The candidate must own the home and be a U.S. veteran. If you fit this criteria and are interested, contact Christopher Stefanek at firstname.lastname@example.org. All inquiries are welcome.
Mentors are being recruited to serve in Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa Veterans Courts. This project is acting as an ally and a supporter to get veterans with legal trouble through the justice system and back to a productive and stable life. Contact them through http://vcmproject.org/.
The Arizona Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America are getting ready for their annual garage sale to be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 20-21 at 2357 W. Naranja Ave, Mesa. Donations are welcome and appreciated. Contact Sue Crego at 928-600-0562 or email@example.com. Everything is appreciated, including household items, clothing, kitchen items, toys, furniture, computer/office items, jewelry and a little bit of everything.
Gilbert started the Operation Welcome Home event, which has ceremonies to welcome home service members. Chandler has followed suit and is planning its next event from 6-7 p.m. Feb. 23 at City Hall. Welcomed home at this ceremony will be three service personnel from the Air National Guard and Air Force. They are Airman 1st Class Brandon E. Baldenegro, Tech. Sgt. Joh R. Baltz III, and a chaplain, Major Thad E. Todd. It would be very nice in years to come if other Valley cities followed their lead.
Reach retired Master Chief Petty Officer Arthur G. Sloane, Coast Guard, at 480-802-6810 or firstname.lastname@example.org.