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Matt Snead is greeted by his son Jack and his wife, after returning from Iraq.

Matt Snead is greeted by his son Jack and his wife, after returning from Iraq.

As a Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Matt Snead supports the ARVets mission and understands the importance of serving and supporting the men and women who have served our country.

Dear ARVets Supporter,

In Arkansas, Veterans deserve one-on-one assistance that meets their needs. ARVets is on the front lines developing programs, initiating partnerships, and providing services that empower Arkansas Veterans. As the premier service organization for Veterans in the state, ARVets has provided assistance to over 3,000 Veterans and brought in over $3.5 million in state revenue to support the Veteran community in the last three years.

Now is the time to give back to those men and women who worked and fought to preserve our freedoms. By making a generous contribution to the ARVets team, you will be doing your part to improve the overall quality of life for Arkansas Veterans and their families.

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Home Energy RX won the Outstanding Veteran Employer Award at the 2014 Salute Gala.

Home Energy RX won the Outstanding Veteran Employer Award at the 2014 Salute Gala.

During this year’s Salute Gala, Home Energy RX received the award for ‘Outstanding Veteran Employer,’ because of company’s continuing efforts to train and hire Veterans.

When American servicemen and women leave the Armed Forces, they often face difficulties finding new employment. According to the White House Council of Economic Advisers, the jobless rate for all U.S. Veterans was 7 percent in October 2013 and the unemployment rate for recent veterans remains incredibly high — around 10 percent. Estimates by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of February 2014, show the unemployment rate for veterans who have served since 9/11 stands at 8 percent, a higher jobless rate than the non-veteran population.

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Colonel Mike Ross received the "Governor Mike Beebe Outstanding Veteran Supporter Award" at the 2014 Salute Gala.

Colonel Mike Ross received the “Governor Mike Beebe Outstanding Veteran Supporter Award” at the Salute Gala.

ARVets created the ‘Governor Mike Beebe Outstanding Veteran Supporter Award,’ because Governor Beebe was instrumental in making Arkansas take a stand and fully support the Veteran population.

Each year, the honor will be given to someone who has shown a commitment to supporting Veterans through dedicated service to our community and the country. During this year’s Salute Gala, Colonel Mike Ross became the inaugural recipient of the 2014 Governor Mike Beebe Outstanding Veteran Supporter Award.

Colonel Ross was born on April 23, 1954 in Paris, Arkansas and is a graduate of County Line High School and Arkansas Tech University. He began his military career as an enlisted soldier on January 3, 1972 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1976.

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Bridgette Larkin-Perkins was honored  at the 2014 Salute Gala with the Outstanding Veteran Award.

Bridgette Larkin-Perkins was honored at the 2014 Salute Gala with the Outstanding Veteran Award.

During the 2014 Salute Gala, the ARVets team honored an outstanding Post-9/11 Veteran. Many of the Veterans who served this country in the aftermath of September 11, 2001 are a part of a new generation of heroes who often struggle against post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and other ills. Thousands of Post-9/11 Veterans were citizen soldiers who served on the front lines to preserve our freedoms, fight terrorism, and liberate others from oppression.

Bridgette Larkin-Perkins, a native of DeValls Bluff, Arkansas, was one of this year’s Outstanding Veteran Award recipients. Bridgette enlisted in the Arkansas Army National Guard in March of 2000 and was assigned to the Headquarters Company of the 39th Support Battalion in Hazen. Bridgette attended college at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro when her unit got activated in 2003 and she deployed to Iraq in 2004 with the 39th Infantry Brigade.

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Allied forces prepare to take the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944.

Allied forces prepare to take the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944.

Today marks 70 years since American troops and Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France on D-Day.

On June 6, 1944, airmen and troops performed the largest seaborne invasion in history. More than 150,000 Allied troops — about half of them Americans — invaded Western Europe, overwhelming German forces in an operation that proved to be a turning point in World War II.

However, Allied forces secured the beaches at a cost of about 10,000 casualties. ARVets honors “The Greatest Generation” for their service and sacrifice. Click here to learn more D-Day history.
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