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The long Memorial Day weekend is upon us. Here are some ideas on how to spend it around Tucson Read more»

A group protests rising rents in Pima County on Oct. 1, 2021.

Pima County's homeless population increased 60 percent over the last five years, leaving just over 2,200 people living outside, in shelters or transitional housing, according to point-in-time count conducted in January. Read more»

President Joe Biden delivers the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress as Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) listen on Feb. 7, 2023. The speech marks Biden’s first address to the new Republican-controlled House.

President Biden began his State of the Union address Tuesday — his first to a divided Congress — with an appeal to bipartisan priorities, but later criticized parts of the GOP agenda and got a sense of Republicans’ appetite for conflict during one combative stretch. Read more»

The American Rescue Plan included $10 billion to reduce homelessness nationally for veterans and nonveterans alike, and the American Jobs Plan invested $213 billion to create more affordable housing.

Homelessness disproportionately affects veterans, but the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that a variety of efforts to help veterans find housing has resulted in the rate dropping 11% in the past three years nationwide and more than 50% since 2010. Read more»

A bill proposed in the Arizona state legislature would provide $30 million in grants for controlled trials to study the drug’s effects on various mental health conditions.

As Arizona veterans struggling with mental health want solutions, a bipartisan bill in the Arizona legislature would put $30 million in grants over three years toward clinical trials using whole-mushroom psilocybin to treat mental health conditions like depression and PTSD. Read more»

Veterans at the U.S. Senate advocating for passage of the PACT Act on August 1, 2022.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is processing claims at the fastest rate in its history, hoping to avoid a significant backlog as hundreds of thousands of veterans apply for health care and benefits under the landmark toxic exposure law Congress passed earlier this year. Read more»

Veterans from the Tohono O’odham Nation were just some of the Arizona tribes represented at the Veterans Day dedication of the National Native American Veterans Memorial in Washington. Native Americans serve in the military at a much higher rate than other groups.

Marchers who ranged from remaining Navajo Code Talkers of World War II to veterans of more recent wars dedicated the National Native American Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., open since Veterans Day of 2020, though the pandemic delayed the dedication ceremonies. Read more»

After his own struggles with homelessness, substance abuse and prison, Arizona veteran Ray Perez founded Operation Restoring Veteran Hope to help other vets cope.

A concerted national effort has helped reduce the number of veterans experiencing homelessness, but Black veterans remain overrepresented among that population, a reflection of long-standing discrimination that impacts everything from the racial wealth gap to the ability to find a job. Read more»

Centenarian Ted Giannone raises both hands in the air as he lands at Falcon Field Airport in Mesa on Oct. 30, 2022, after becoming Grounded No More’s 500th rider since 2016.

Dressed in the same flight suit he wore in World War II, 100-year-old Ted Giannone stepped into a bright yellow Fairchild PT-26 trainer plane, becoming the 500th rider of Mesa-based nonprofit Grounded No More - founded in 2016 to take veterans on “honor flights” free of charge. Read more»

Veterans and families of armed service members who died while on active duty can get free access to federal recreational areas, including national parks and forests, as of Veterans Day — a day when the public can also get free admission to national parks. Read more»

Tucson's Veterans Day parade, 2011.

As the nation honors our veterans on Friday, many government services and private businesses will be closed. Downtown streets will be closed early in preparation for Tucson’s Veterans Day parade. Here’s the lowdown: Read more»

Arizona veterans would be able to once again claim a property tax break that was voided in 1990 by a state court ruling that said the old language ran afoul of the equal protection clause. Proposition 130 would fix the language to make it constitutional, restoring the tax break in the process.

Proposition 130 would restore a property tax break for veterans in the Arizona Constitution that was voided in 1990 by the Arizona Court of Appeals, which said constitutional language limiting the benefit to veterans who lived in the state before 1945 violated the equal protection clause. Read more»

George Ybarra mientras servía en el Cuerpo de Marines de los EE. UU. y cargaba a su primer hijo, George Jr.

A pesar de su servicio militar y la clara prueba de que George Ybarra era ciudadano del país por el que luchó, funcionarios estadounidenses desafiaron repetidamente su derecho a estar en el país, deportandolo una vez e intendando hacerlo una decada después. Ybarra murió la semana pasada, poco después de ganar su caso de inmigración. Read more»

George Ybarra while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, and holding his first child, George Jr.

Despite military service and clear documentation that George Ybarra was a citizen of the country he fought for, U.S. officials repeatedly challenged his right to be in the country, deporting him once and attempting to do so again a decade later. Ybarra was killed last week, not long after finally winning his immigration case. Read more»

Democrat Tom O’Halleran.

Arizona Democrat Tom O’Halleran is running for re-election to the House but in a new, more competitive district - and he says his priorities have not changed since he entered Congress, with water, crime, education, veteran issues and health care as the major issues. Read more»

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