Veterans come out in big numbers for Resource Fair

Veterans from across the Gila Valley came to the Safford Armory for the Veterans Resource Fair on Friday. - David Bell Photo/Gila Valley Central

SAFFORD — Veterans from across the Gila Valley came to Safford on Friday, filling the National Guard Armory to capacity.

About 64 vendors were on hand to answer veterans’ questions or help sign them up for programs. Chris Gibbs, chair of Gila Valley Veterans Services, said it’s the most vendors in the history of the fair.

“This is every kind of service that a veteran could possibly think of right now,” Gibbs said.

He said he was particularly pleased with the amount of time veterans were taking at the fair, exploring each vendor table to see if there is a service that could fit his or her needs.

Col. Wanda Wright, director of Arizona Veterans Services, was in attendance to talk with vets about the issues they are currently facing.

Everyone who attended was treated to a meal of Kainoa’s, smoked pulled pork sandwiches, chips and salsa, and sheet cake.

Sponsors include the United Way of Graham and Greenlee Counties, Safford Lions Club, Arizona Department of Veterans Services, Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness and Be Connected.