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The Outstanding Veteran Family Award recipients for the 2014 Salute Gala were Staff Sergeant Rosyna Stewart and her three children.

The Outstanding Veteran Family Award recipients for the 2014 Salute Gala were Staff Sergeant Rosyna Stewart and her three children.

Between the ups and downs of deployments and daily life, Veteran families often have to overcome many obstacles. According to Defense Department statistics, over the last five years, the active-duty military includes nearly 73,000 single parents, which is a little over five percent of the total force.

The Army leads the way with more than 35,000 single parents and, according to a 2009 report by nonpartisan nonprofit organization Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, nearly 30,000 single mothers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan over the last 10 years to carry out missions.

Staff Sergeant Rosyna Stewart, the 2014 recipient of the Salute Gala’s Outstanding Veteran Family Award, knows firsthand the aforementioned statistics. Stewart is a single mother and veteran, who works every day to make sure her children have a good life.

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The Pre- 9/11 Outstanding Veteran Award recipient for the 2014 Salute Gala was Staff SGT Roy R. Griffin.

The Pre- 9/11 Outstanding Veteran Award recipient for the 2014 Salute Gala was Staff SGT Roy R. Griffin.

With so much focus on Post-9/11 Veterans, Americans must always remember to honor those men and women who served during World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, and other conflicts. During the 2014 Salute Gala, former Staff SGT Roy R. Griffin was presented the Outstanding Veteran Award for his service during World War II.

Griffin volunteered to serve in World War II on September 20, 1940 over a year before Pearl Harbor. Griffin helped establish the US Army’s first Engineer Shore Regiment, the 531st, training under the British for three months during its development. The purpose of the Regiment was to prepare the shore to receive boats and supplies during and after invasions.

A committed serviceman, Griffin participated in nine Campaigns in the European Theatre including: North Africa, French Morocco, Tunisia, Sicily, Naples-Foggia, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, and Central Europe.

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The Arkansas Chapter of Team Rubicon received the 2014 Salute Award for Outstanding Veteran Organization.

The Arkansas Chapter of Team Rubicon received the 2014 Salute Award for Outstanding Veteran Organization.

There are countless community organizations in Arkansas and across the country that strive to meet the needs of Veterans. During the 2014 Salute Gala, ARVets honored the Arkansas chapter of a national organization whose members are always willing to lend a helping hand. This year’s award for Outstanding Veteran Organization went to the Arkansas Chapter of Team Rubicon.

Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams to natural disasters and other crises. Team Rubicon was created in January 2010 following the Haiti earthquake, when founders of the organization led a medical team into Port-au-Prince three days after the quake.

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During 2014, the ARVets team worked on various projects to improve the lives of Veterans.

During 2014, the ARVets team worked on various projects to improve the lives of Veterans and their families.

As the premier service organization for Veterans in the state, ARVets makes a significant impact in Arkansas.

The ARVets team has been successful at helping the Veteran community and accomplishing various goals, due to Veteran services that focus on a grassroots case-management approach. What a difference a year makes, check out what we have done:

– Over 1,956 services provided to Arkansas Veterans and their families.

– Over 768 clients have received one-on-one holistic case management services to address needs in the areas of employment, housing, health and family support services.

– An additional 312 clients have received job training and career development services centered on improving their ability to successfully acquire and sustain gainful employment.

– Nearly 410 clients received tuition assistance for two-year college and apprenticeship programs through ARVets.

– About 225 Veterans were placed into new employment opportunities through ARVets.

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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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