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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/STATON BREIDENTHAL --2/19/15-- James Blevins (left), a United States Marine Corps veteran from Benton, talks with ARVets outreach coordinator Sarah Arnold in the State Capitol rotunda during the Veterans Service Organizations Day event.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/STATON BREIDENTHAL –2/19/15– James Blevins (left), a United States Marine Corps veteran from Benton, talks with ARVets outreach coordinator Sarah Arnold in the State Capitol rotunda during the Veterans Service Organizations Day event.

ARVets would like to thank Sarah Arnold for her service and wish her well with all future endeavors. Friday, February 27th is Sarah’s last day working with ARVets. Since September 2014, Sarah has helped our organization improve the lives of Arkansas Veterans and their families as the ARVets Outreach VISTA.

Volunteers In Service To America, or VISTA, is a national service program where people get engaged in community service and make a full-time commitment to work on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency.

Throughout Sarah’s time at ARVets, she recruited community volunteers, developed partnerships with local businesses for the inaugural Love Our Heroes Luncheon, and worked on a variety of special projects that assisted military families and Veterans during the holiday season.

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ARVets entrepreneurship workshop gives Veterans and their families tips for starting a business.

ARVets entrepreneurship workshop gives Veterans tips for starting a business.

As part of the Delta Veterans Program, ARVets is offering a 2-day training program designed to help Veterans and their family members start or expand small businesses.

On Wednesday, March 4 and Thursday, March 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ARVets will host an Operation JumpStart entrepreneurship short course at the ITT Technical Institute’s Little Rock campus.

The free workshop is designed to help participants improve their ideas and strengthen their businesses. The sessions will include important guest speakers and attendees will learn skills in the areas of business development, market research and analysis, and pricing and profits.

Click here to register online or reserve your spot today by phone and call Malcolm Glover at ARVets headquarters (501) 246-5341. Click here for a complete list of all sessions and presenters for the training.

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ARVets appreciates the generosity of all businesses, organizations, and groups that supported the Love Our Heroes Lunch on February 13, 2015.

ARVets appreciates the generosity of all businesses, organizations, and groups that supported the Love Our Heroes Lunch on February 13, 2015.

About 120 Veterans, their family members, and people who support the Veteran community participated in the ARVets Love Our Heroes Lunch.

The inaugural event, which took place at ARVets Headquarters in North Little Rock on February 13, gave attendees an opportunity to mix and mingle, eat great food, win gifts, and learn more about ARVets programs and services.

The ARVets team would like to thank all of the local businesses and organizations that helped us launch the Love Our Heroes Lunch. The event was a complete success because of hardworking people who wanted to show their love and appreciation for the service and sacrifice of Veterans and their families.

Dear ARVets Supporters,
Major General Wofford speaking during the 2014 ARVets Salute Gala.

Major General William Wofford speaking during the 2014 ARVets Salute Gala.

As the CEO of ARVets, I had the honor of attending Major General William Wofford’s “Change of Command” ceremony and his retirement ceremony. Wofford has been a true friend and faithful member of the ARVets Board of Directors.

The ceremonies were a true testament to Wofford’s leadership and his care and concern for his soldiers and airmen. The event included TAGs (Adjutant Generals) from other states, friends from near and far, and a packed room of soldiers and airmen saying farewell to a great leader who had a positive impact on their lives.

MG Wofford gave 43 years of service to our country and I was honored to have shared in the glory days. Over the years, I have personally experienced his encouragement, his laugh, his leadership, but most importantly I have witnessed his undoubted love for his country and his comrades. Help me give one big HOOAH to this great leader.

Sincerely,
Nicole Hart
CEO ARVets

Lt. Colonel Matt Snead is the new director of the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs

Lt. Colonel Matt Snead is the new director of the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs

ARVets, a statewide non-profit organization providing innovative programs that improve the lives of veterans and their families, is pleased with Governor Asa Hutchinson’s decision to appoint Lt. Colonel Matt Snead as Director of the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs.

“LTC Matt Snead is a true coalition builder. He has always had a passion to serve and represent the veteran community,” said ARVets CEO Nicole Hart. “I am confident in the future he will continue to work to build the veteran community through collaborations and partnerships. I look forward to working him.”

Snead is a 16-year veteran of the Arkansas National Guard, and plans to continue his service as a traditional Guardsman. He currently serves as the state public affairs officer for the nearly 10,000 soldiers and airmen of the Arkansas National Guard. Prior to that, he served for five years as the first legislative liaison for the Guard. He has held a number of command and staff positions, which include a deployment to Iraq as a plans officer.

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