ACMF is a non-profit organization in Arizona that works with public and private partners to build the state’s capacity to support Arizona’s 500,000+ service members, veterans, and their families with a collective impact model that uses an upstream approach to suicide prevention. 

Women's History Month

Dear Friends and Supporters,

As we enter the month of March, we turn our attention to celebrating the incredible contributions and sacrifices made by women as we celebrate Women’s History Month. From breaking barriers on the battlefield and reaching new heights in space to redefining roles for future generations yet to come, our country and our communities are shaped by the contributions and legacy of women. 

When it comes to military service, women’s contributions to our nation can be traced as far back as 1775, when women served as nurses, cooks, and administrative roles for the military. It wasn’t until nearly 142 years later that women were permitted to join the military, in the last two years of World War I.

In 1976, the first women were admitted to military academies, and in 1993, Congress authorized women to fly fighter jets and serve on combat ships. America welcomed her first female four-star general, Ann Dunwoody, in 2008. And only 8 years ago on January 1, 2016, women were permitted to fill any position in the U.S. Military. More than 300,000 women have served in Iraq and Afghanistan and today, women comprise 16% of the U.S. Armed Forces. The VA estimates that by 2032, the number of women veterans will increase by 6% bringing the total of women veterans in our nation up from 2.06 million to 2.17 million.

As we honor these milestones and celebrate the progress made by women in all facets of our society, let us especially extend our support to women veterans. We thank all women veterans, past, present, and future, for their courage, service, and sacrifice.

Six Women Went to Vietnam ...

A Piece of My Heart is a true story of six women who signed up to go to Vietnam. In this excerpt from the play, we meet the six women - five nurses and one country singer - who cope with the reality of the battlefield overseas and come back home to fight even more battles. The scene was acted out live at the 2023 Statewide Symposium for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families by a talented group of actresses associated with the Casa Veterans Ministry.

Celebrating the Successes of Women Veterans

If you know of a veteran in Arizona who might benefit from connection to resources and support, call 866-429-8387 Monday – Friday from 8 AM – 5 PM.

She Landed Her Dream Job

A female transitioning service member initially collaborated with our team to enhance her resume and seek assistance securing a civilian employer she had always aspired to join. Working in partnership with the Career Navigation team over a few months, the veteran skillfully navigated her career journey. Ultimately, she secured a full-time job offer with her dream company and an Arizona Veteran Supportive Employer, Raytheon, providing a promising career path post-military service. She expressed deep gratitude for the invaluable support from the Be Connected Career Navigation team, particularly for the resume coaching and interview preparation.

She Found Ways to Connect

A female veteran, who is a single mom, was socially isolated and rarely left her home. She was a great candidate for the Coaching Into Connection program which seeks to help veterans combat loneliness by connecting with hobbies and other activities they enjoy. A Connection Coach met with her twice weekly, once virtually and once in person to empower her to seek those social connections. After a few meetings, the veteran was connected to several organizations and signed up for a local in-person event. As her case came to a close, she reflected upon her growth stating, “I almost didn’t show up to this coffee shop a couple of months ago and now I don’t need to come anymore.”

Free Tuition for the Spouses of Veterans

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The Arizona Coalition for Military Families proudly supports the efforts of the Arizona Board of Regents to help connect the spouses of veterans with free tuition to Arizona’s universities and participating community colleges. 

This initiative is specially designed for the spouses of honorably discharged veterans who reside in Arizona. The award covers up to the full cost of in-state tuition and mandatory fees, after accounting for any other financial aid. This means that the financial burden of pursuing higher education can be significantly reduced, allowing you to focus on your academic, career, and personal growth.

Symposium Registration Now Open

We’ve put together an exciting agenda for the 14th Annual Statewide Symposium in Support of Service Members, Veterans & Their Families. We hope you will join us on April 17 & 18 at Desert Willow Conference Center in Phoenix. Register by March 20 to take advantage of the early bird rate. Scholarships are available. Find details at

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Get ready for a series of exciting upcoming events that promise to bring the community together. From important historical observations, thought-provoking discussions to engaging activities, there's something for everyone to look forward to – mark your calendars and join us for memorable moments ahead! Visit for more information on these and other events.

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The Arizona Coalition for Military Families works collaboratively with government agencies, community members, and partner organizations to form an Ecosystem of Support that Arizona's service members, veterans, and their families can access through the Be Connected support line, 866-4AZ-VETS, and Be Connected offers no-cost support and connections to resources and has trained more than 6,000 community members to provide resource navigation services. 

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