Inaugural HeroZona Announces Additional Community Events in Arizona

There are over 625,000 veterans living in Arizona, making up over 10 percent of the total population.

That is why one of this year’s Veterans Day Grand Marshals and Operation Desert Storm veteran Alan “AP” Powell, with support from Col. Wanda Wright, Director of the Arizona Department of Veteran Services’, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Heath McCarter of Golden Rule Live, Herozona Steering Committee and the Checkered Flag Run Foundation are launching a week-long engagement by and for Arizona veterans this November. The series of events, called HeroZona, will take place Nov. 4 through 12 throughout Metro Phoenix. It includes hiring events for veterans, networking opportunities, public recognitions at sporting events, an appreciation dinner and activities.

HeroZona recently announced additional events for the week, including the veteran opportunity panel, HeroZona NBA basketball game and the forgotten heroes’ dinner. More information about each is below.

Thursday, Nov. 9: Veteran Opportunity Panel, registration at 11:30 a.m., lunch from 12:15 – 1:30 p.m. at Phoenix Convention Center.

In an effort to empower America’s veterans in Arizona, the FREE Veteran Opportunity Panel will host a special luncheon exploring business opportunities for veterans and their family members. There will be 200+ companies present looking to employ Arizona veterans. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about different grant opportunities and participate in a Q-and-A session.

The moderator for the panel will be Lieutenant General Benjamin C. Freakley, U.S. Army (R). The panel members will include Sandra Watson, President and CEO of Arizona Commerce Authority; Debra Johnson, Director of Arizona Office of Tourism; Gonzalo de Malena, President and CEO of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Glenn Hamer, President and CEO of Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Deborah Ostreicher, Assistant Aviation Director of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. To register for the free event, visit

Friday, Nov. 10: HeroZona NBA Basketball Game, 7 p.m. at Talking Stick Resort Arena.

The Checkered Flag Run Foundation and the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services have partnered with the Phoenix Suns to giveaway 750 tickets for veterans to the Orlando Magic vs. Phoenix Suns game. The tickets were dispersed through several veteran service organizations. Special Honoring Arizona Veterans Phoenix Veteran’s Day Parade Grand Marshall guest, Loretta Swit from MASH, will also be in attendance and there will be a pre-game show. There will also be a give-away for a team signed basketball and custom team jersey in honor of a disabled Arizona Veteran-Owned Company in conjunction with Veteran and Business Network.

Friday, Nov. 10: HeroZona Forgotten Heroes Appreciation Dinner, Travis L. Williams American Legion Post 65
HeroZona has partnered with the Travis L. Williams American Legion Post 65 for its Forgotten Heroes Appreciation Dinner. The event will serve as a special meal honoring our homeless heroes and our local veterans. The dinner is expected to host more than 200 veterans and each guest will receive a care package from the Salvation Army.

For a full list of HeroZona events, visit

About HeroZona

Founded by Alan “AP” Powell, HeroZona is a week-long Veterans Day engagement that provides Arizona’s 625,000-plus veterans a multi-day networking event. HeroZona & NaVOBA Annual Conference has created a multi-day networking event to improve America’s support of veterans through corporate matchmaking, networking, entrepreneurial connections, hiring event, development and seminars; culminated by various entertainment events including the Veterans Day Parade & Salute to Veterans festival, Honor Walk, NBA & other entertainment activities. For more information visit

About Golden Rule Live

Golden Rule Live is a full service event company. The company is dedicated and focused on delivering and servicing your event via event promotion and production. One should treat others as one would like others to treat them – Golden Rule Live based their business model on this philosophy to ensure that when you do business with us, our clients know they are going to be treated with respect & professionalism. For more information visit

About NaVOBA

The National Veteran-Owned Businesses Association’s mission is to create opportunities for America’s veteran-owned businesses. More than 3 million men and women who have served in the armed forces have started their own small businesses after their service. For more information visit

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Carrie Brunner grew up in a small town in northern New Brunswick. She studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married her husband one month later. They were then blessed with two baby boys within the first four years of marriage. Having babies gave their family a desire to return to the old paths – to nourish their family with traditional, homegrown foods; rid their home of toxic chemicals and petroleum products; and give their boys a chance to know a simple, sustainable way of life. They are currently building a homestead from scratch on two little acres in central Texas. There’s a lot to be done to become somewhat self-sufficient, but they are debt-free and get to spend their days living this simple, good life together with their five young children. Carrie writes mostly on provincial stories.
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