For Veterans interested in art or having leanings in that direction, a wonderful facility available free for veterans is the Arizona Artists Guild.
AAG is located on 7th Avenue just South of Union Hills at 18411 N. 7th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ – 85023 On the FOURTH Saturday of every month (which isn't always the last Saturday) the AAG is open to Veterans exclusively. Normal hours on that day are 10 AM - 2 PM. Refreshments are provided before the program and there is typically free lunch served at noon. There is no charge for veterans and each month the Guild tries to work in a different medium. They supply all materials and talent is NOT required! Only interest. Being a veteran entitles you to Lifetime Membership. http://www.arizonaartistsguild.net/veteransprogram/ http://www.arizonaartistsguild.net/ In addition to comradeship with fellow veterans you may discover you have undeveloped talent or interest you never realized.
This is very revealing and something that is, unfortunately not too common these days. I just read it: Ann Margret... This is a good counter-balance story to the Jane Fonda Vietnam Woman Of The Year story.
Viet Nam 1966 Richard, (my husband), never really talked a lot about his time in Viet Nam, other than he had been shot by a sniper. However, he had a rather grainy, 8 x 10 black and white photo he had taken at a USO show of Ann Margret with Bob Hope in the background that was one of his treasures. A few years ago, Ann Margret was doing a book signing at a local bookstore. Richard wanted to see if he could get her to sign the treasured photo so he arrived at the bookstore at 12 o'clock for the 7:30 signing. When I got there after work, the line went all the way around the bookstore, circled the parking lot, and disappeared behind a parking garage. Before her appearance, bookstore employees announced that she would sign only her book and no memorabilia would be permitted. Richard w…
Title 38 of the Code of Federal Regulations defines a veteran as “a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.” This definition explains that any individual that completed a service for any branch of armed forces classifies as a veteran as long as they were not dishonorably discharged.
But even that definition doesn't fully define who is eligible for benefits. But it is a starting point.