With an estimated 532,000 veterans living in Arizona (11 percent of the population), it is in the communities’ long-term best interest to help military men and women as they transition to civilian life. The VA Mental Health Services notes that rejoining a non-military community and interviewing for civilian jobs may be difficult for new veterans.

To help make the transition easier for as many retiring service people as possible, a new Military and Veteran Success Center opened Nov. 9 near Luke Air Force Base.

The center is part of the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation’s Veteran Success Project. The primary goal of the project is to establish centers that provide a bridge between veterans and the more than 40,000 resources that help veterans expand their education in college courses and financial literacy, find housing, receive resume writing assistance and more.

“Credit Union West has a 65-year history of serving the military,” said Bob MacGregor, Credit Union West’s president and CEO. “From our beginnings as Luke Federal Credit Union, we expanded to serve Maricopa and Yavapai counties, but still embrace our military roots. We are proud to pledge ongoing support of the Military and Veteran Success Center.”

Credit Union West is providing sponsorship in monetary and in-kind services of $60,000 over five years. To learn more about Credit Union West, and other events it sponsors, visit on Facebook, or at https://www.cuwest.org/.  

To learn more about Maricopa Community College Foundation and the Veteran Success Project, visit https://mcccdf.org/fundraising/veteran-success-project/.