As a way to show our support for active military and our veterans, the Glendale Chamber of Commerce formed a Military & Veterans Affairs Committee. We plan to share our efforts with the community through a monthly communication.
36th Annual Luke Shoot Out - Nearly Sold Out
Foursome Bob Cohn, Tom Cook  - retired Sgt. U.S. Air Force, Harry Shapiro, and George Thorne  - retired Sgt. Maj. of U.S. Army at the 34th Annual Luke Shoot Out
For the first time in a few years, the Luke Shoot Out Golf Tournament is sold out.  Hole in one contests are sponsored by Sanderson Ford and the Putting Contest is sponsored by Lerner & Rowe.  There will also be on course contests and a great raffle featuring many great prizes.

Part of the proceeds from the tournament help support the Luke Commander's Project, "Operation Warm Heart".  It is a program to assist E-1 to E-4 personnel with families.  It is a great way to say thank you for your service.

The 36th Annual Luke Shoot Out Golf Tournament will be held Friday, April 7, 2017 at Falcon Dunes Golf Course.

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The Glendale Chamber of Commerce Military & Veterans Affairs Committee is Sponsoring an Event to Honor High School Seniors 
Going into the Military
Coin to be received by seniors
There are approximately 150 high school seniors in Glendale who have chosen to enter the military.  The Glendale Chamber Military Veterans Affairs Committee will honor Glendale's high school seniors with the first annual ceremony on April 28th, 7pm at the Calvary Community Church, 6060 W. Bell Road in Glendale.  The seniors will be honored with a stole marking the military branch of service and will show the Glendale Chamber logo and City of Glendale logo.  They will also receive a special challenge coin featuring all branches of service on one side and the American flag with the logos of the chamber and the city on the other side.


Arizona Legislature Working on a Bill to Help Military 
Retirees  in the State

SB 1248 is a Strike Everything Bill which includes the text of Senator Gail Griffin's SB 1444 that failed to get a scheduled hearing in the Senate Appropriations Committee last month.  The new bill states "income tax subtraction: military retirement" which will increase the income tax exemption for military retirees from the current $2,500 to $12,500 in 2019, to $25,000 in 2020 and to full exemption in 2022.  This will be an incentive for retirees to choose Arizona as the place to retire and begin new careers.  Governor Ducey said he want Arizona to be the Friendliest State in the Nation to the Military!

"PTSD, the Invisible Scar" to be Featured at the Next Arizona Community Action Committee Meeting
Christopher Oshana
Mr. Christopher "Boats" Oshana, a retired 20 year Navy Veteran and served as a civil servant with the Army for 12 years, will be the featured speaker at the Arizona Community Action Committee meeting on April 12,2017.  He will showcase "PTSD, The Invisible Scar", a photographic and video graphic documentary about veterans diagnosed with PTSD.  His project invites viewers to look beyond the facades and inside the private lives of a few of our veterans who suffer from PTSD.
The event will be held at the Scottsdale Marriott Suites Old Town, 7325 E. 3rd Ave., Scottsdale, 85251.  For information and to RSVP, email Chad Clodfelter at chad.a.clodfelter.civ@mail.mil.

Arizona Military Veterans Women's Expo
The Arizona Department of Veterans' Services will host the 2017 Arizona Military Veteran Women's Expo on April 15th, 9am to 2pm at Grand Canyon University, 3300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, 85017.  The one day event is for women who have served or are still serving in the military.  You can join your fellow service members and veterans for networking opportunities, informative and educational workshops plus career resources.  The event is part of the Arizona Department of Veterans' Services mission to enrich and honor Arizona's Veterans and their families through education, advocacy and service.  For information and registration, email wvhkf@azdvs.gov.

Learn About the New Look at Luke Air Force Base with the 
Addition of the F-35 Fighter
The United States Office of Economic Adjustment will be in Arizona to meet with community leaders on April 26th from 8am to 11am at Estrella Mountain Community College, 3000 N. Dysart Rd., Avondale.  The OEA supports state and local government's response to defense program changes.  There is a substantial mission change at Luke Air Force Base with the arrival of six new F-35 squadrons bringing in over 5,000 military and civilian personnel.  With nearly 50 F-35s currently at Luke, the program is about halfway through its growth.  The OEA will assist with providing technical and financial assistance to plan and develop local adjustment strategies and engage the private sector with regard to economic development.  For information, contact Valerie Berube at 623-856-7811.
Upcoming Events
Our Military & Veterans Affairs Committee members work hard to advocate for active and former Military. One way they do this is by holding various community events.

Click here for a list of upcoming events backed by some of our members!
  
Does your business honor our heroes with specials and discounts for active military 
and/or veterans? If so let us know! Email you company name and a discount description Jackie Peyton at info@glendaleazchamber.org 
Please contact Chair of the Military & Veterans Affairs Committee,
Sgt. Jeff Turney, through our Chamber liaison, Harry Shapiro, at 623-937-4754
if you would like to learn more or have any suggestions
on where we can be of assistance.