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. 

Coaching Into Connection

Transforming Lives: Veterans Helping Veterans through the Coaching Into Connection Program

Dear Friends and Supporters,

I am pleased to share with you the remarkable journey and successes of our Coaching Into Connection program. Since the program launched, our coaches have connected veterans around Arizona with people, activities, and events that have helped them overcome isolation and social disconnection.  

Coaching Into Connection was launched with support from the VA’s Staff Sergeant Fox Suicide Prevention Grant Program (SSG Fox SPGP), which engages community-based organizations to complement the VA’s clinical care. Recently, at a convening of all 80 grantees, the SSG Fox SPGP Director shared two success stories, including one from our Connection Coaching team.

A World War II veteran received services through the Coaching Into Connection program. During the screening process, the connection coach learned that the veteran just wanted to talk with someone in person. The connection coach set up in-person meetings with the veteran and met with him multiple times. After a meeting, the veteran said, "This is exactly what I wanted and needed." The veteran's spouse noted that since her husband started talking with the connection coach, she saw a significant improvement in his mental health.  

Meanwhile, the Connection Coach was working with another client, a Korean war veteran. They both missed the camaraderie of the military from their generation and that’s when it clicked for the connection coach – “Why not introduce them?” The connection coach did just that. Since one of the veterans could no longer drive, the connection coach arranged transportation and all three of them met for lunch. The lunch was a success, and since then, both veterans have been keeping in touch with one another. They were thankful for the opportunity to connect, and they enjoy talking with each other about "the good old Army days."

If you know someone who you think might benefit from this program, we invite you to get started by visiting or calling 866-4AZ-VETS. Together, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of those who have served our country.

Warm regards,

Thomas Winkel

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Coaching Into Connection Success Stories

Coaching Into Connection is about veterans helping veterans, creating a ripple effect of positive connection across Arizona. Learn more about the program, offered at no cost, at

A connection coach provided Coaching Into Connection services to a terminally ill, disabled veteran living alone in an RV, without running water and no family living nearby. As you can imagine, the stress the veteran felt was heavy. The connection coach worked with local caring neighbors to check on the client daily and find ways to make the veteran’s remaining days as comfortable and positive as possible. 

A community member took the time to make a Coaching Into Connection referral to the Be Connected support line for a veteran. The caller was aware that the veteran had recently moved to Arizona and was feeling socially isolated, with no friends or family nearby. After talking with the connection coach about ways to get involved in the community, the veteran sees a more hopeful future with new ways to connect with others.

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Connection Coach - Phoenix, AZ

We are expanding our exceptional team! The Arizona Coalition for Military Families is looking for the right person to join our team as a Connection Coach based in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Qualified candidates will have a trauma-informed perspective and experience working sensitive trauma issues. Interested? Read the job description, learn what a typical day is like and discover what benefits this position comes with at

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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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Mental Health Summit Replay

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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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