Maricopa County agencies were on hand to provide services and information to homeless and at-risk military veterans at the Maricopa County StandDown event on January 29. It was held at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix.
Workforce Connections, a program of Maricopa County’s Human Services Department, informed veterans about services that help them transition from military to civilian life.
“One of the greatest things about StandDown is veterans can find job help, insurance and legal matters under one roof,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman, Clint Hickman, District 4. “This is a group of people that served our country and we won’t ignore them when they need a hand up.”
At the StandDown event, veterans received resume writing tips, such as “demilitarizing” their resumes for civilian employment. For example, they were advised to translate military ranks (their job titles) to language more widely understood by non-military employers.
“Our veterans have selflessly served our country,” said Maricopa County District 5 Supervisor Steve Gallardo. “We honor their military service and their sacrifice by providing them with the help that some may need to successfully reintegrate into our community, such as assistance finding jobs or housing.”
Maricopa County’s justice courts were also available to assist veterans with handling court issues. Justices of the peace and judges quashed warrants and ordered community service so veterans were able to have their driving privileges reinstated on the spot.
“Keeping a job in Maricopa County almost always requires driving,” said Hickman. “Clearing up minor offenses and getting these men and women back in the workforce is key to their well-being and that of the county.”