VFSO is hosting 3rd Annual veterans conference, Aug. 31

Kyle Knox

Gila River Indian News



The Veteran and Family Services Office is gearing up for another Veterans Conference on Aug. 31, at the Sheraton Grand Resort at Wild Horse Pass.  This event focuses on bringing together veterans, active-duty military, and families of veterans. The goal is to inform participants about the numerous services that are currently offered by the Veteran and Family Services Office. 


Darrell Whitman, Veteran Peer Support Specialist, looks forward to the conference because another goal is to learn what the Community wants from their office.  Therefore, the conference will provide a space to learn and set goals for years to come.  The information gathered will improve their services moving forward and keep everyone informed of what they have to offer. 


Whitman stated, “We are keeping the program simple by sharing where our office stands today and what our goals are moving into the future.” Their office is considered new, having been only open for about a year and a half. So, it’s crucial to Whitman that they keep a presence in the Community and continually build name recognition. Similar events and conferences like this greatly assist that effort. 


The event will have various breakout sessions which include a community talking circle with veterans. The Huhugam Heritage Center will also host a session showcasing a new veterans exhibit that will debut next year.  


The event will be half a day, and they expect over 100 people in attendance this year.  The event starts at 8 a.m. with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. They will serve light refreshments in the morning and a meal at lunch. For more information, you can contact the Veterans and Family Services Office at (520) 562-6221.