The Tempe Veterans Commission advises the Mayor and City Council and assists City departments on veteran programs, policies, and practices designed to improve the quality of life for veterans in Tempe; educates the community on the status of veterans’ rights, needs, and contributions to the community; and recommends ways to strengthen existing services for veterans while pursuing the creation of new program and service opportunities. In addition, the Commission develops and promotes benchmarks, as outlined by the Arizona Coalition for Military Families for assisting the City of Tempe and its business community earn recognition as “Arizona Veteran Supportive Employers”; assists in creating and supporting a community connection point to inform, guide, and direct military veterans seeking personal and professional enhancement services that may include education, mentoring, workforce support, and health and wellness; and advises on supportive affordable housing projects for veteran families.
The Tempe Veterans Commission consists of eleven (11) members, appointed for terms of three (3) years, who represent each of the following existing United States military and veteran service areas:
- Arizona Coalition of Military Families;
- Arizona Department of Veterans Services;
- Pat Tillman Veterans Center at Arizona State University;
- East Valley Veterans Education Center;
- Phoenix Veteran’s Administration Medical Center or other health and wellness organization;
- Housing advocacy and assistance specialist;
- Supportive services agency (e.g. U.S. Vets or Save The Family);
- Returning military veteran with an honorable discharge within 3 years prior to the date of Commission application;
- Retired or prior service United States military veteran;
- Active United States military or reservist; and,
- At large.
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