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Veterans Voice September 2018

Now that summer is coming to an end, the Department has some spectacular reading material in the newly available September edition of the “Veterans Voice” newsletter.

This newsletter is hot off the press and now online for your enjoyment. This special edition focuses on Education and Training that takes place throughout the great State of Utah for Veterans and their family members. The Director’s message on education and coordinating with education partners in Utah is from Cory Pearson, Director of Veterans Services. There are many great programs and resources available to Veterans and their family members as they attend school at Utah’s System of Higher Education, Utah System of Technical Schools and other institutions.

In the newsletter you will find articles and information from the Department’s State Approving Agency, Veterans Affairs Federal News, V.A. Healthcare (Vital Program), Hill Air Force Base, Veterans Business Spotlight, Utah National Guard, and other great partners and resources.

For those wishing to learn specifics about their veteran benefits, please see page 23 for locations, dates, and times that Veterans Services Officers are available throughout the state to discuss benefits and provide assistance with claims for benefits. Have a fabulous September and enjoy the end of summer as the beautiful fall colors begin to appear.

The September 2018 edition of The Veterans Voice can be found HERE

For further information on education benefits go to our Education Page.

It is our high honor to serve those who have and continue to serve.

Thank you.

Free Admission for Weber Veterans

August 2, 2018

Attention Weber County Veterans

The Weber County Commission has authorized the formation of a Veterans Advisory Committee.

The purpose of the committee is to help Weber County Veterans learn about and access their Veterans benefits local, state and national. Utah is below the national average for Veterans enrolled in VA Healthcare and those receiving VA compensation for injuries or disabilities incurred as a result of military service.

In addition, the Committee will advise Weber County Veterans of activities, events, and discounts available at the various time of the year. The first event will be free admission to the Weber County Fair on Saturday, August 11, 2018, fair hours will be 11 am to 11 pm (please bring verification of Veterans status to the fair ticket office).

The Advisory Committee will man a booth during the entire fair to answer Veterans related questions and on Saturday, August 11 the Salt Lake VA Regional Office will have staff on hand to help Veterans file VA claims for benefits.

In order to keep Weber County Veterans apprised of events or activities or discounts, we will have registration sheets available at our booth. Please pass this information along to other Weber County Veterans you are aware of.

Questions can be directed to:

Terry Schow
Chair Weber County Veterans Advisory
801 644 2058

Veterans Voice July 2018

The July Newsletter “Veterans Voice” is now online and ready to view. This edition has the Governor’s Message touching on our Independence Day. Articles within the newsletter are from Hill Air Force Base, Veteran Owned Business, and other great partners in Utah. We hope you enjoy the July 2018 edition of the Veterans Voice!

To read the new issue Click Here

Veteran First Time Homebuyer Program


Utah Wants You!

If you are a recently separated Veteran (last 5 years) or currently serving member of the military living in Utah and are interested in buying a home for the first time in Utah, this program is for you.

The Utah Veteran First-time Homebuyer Grant gifts $2,500 to Veterans and those currently serving who purchase their first home in Utah. Veteran eligibility is established by the Utah Department of Veteran and Military Affairs. Follow the link and application below:

Veteran Grant Status Validation (VGSV) Application

Program Details:
Veteran eligibility is those veterans and currently serving members of the military, who are eligible for a VA Home Loan Certificate of Eligibility, and if no longer serving, have separated within the last 5 years.

Purchase must occur no later than five (5) years after separation from the service.

Residence must be located in Utah and purchased by the eligible veteran.

Eligible Principal Residence means:

  • A Single-family, attached or detached dwelling
  • A Modular or manufactured dwelling affixed to a permanent foundation and taxed as real property
  • A Condominium or PUD (i.e. townhome, twin home)
  • A One-Four unit Dwelling compliant with local requirements, at least one unit must be occupied by the Veteran as their primary residence

Residence must be the first home the veteran has purchased in Utah (could have owned a home in another state)

First-time Home Buyer means a Veteran who has had no present ownership interest in a Residence located in Utah (including, without limitation, any Manufactured Housing which is permanently affixed to real Property) at any time during the seven-year period prior to the date of execution Veteran First-Time Homebuyer Grant Certificate.

Residence must be occupied by the veteran as his/her primary residence within 30 days of execution of the mortgage documents.

Grant may be obtained from any Lender licensed to do business in Utah, mortgage loans can be VA or any other conforming Loan Product (such as FHA, Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac). Lender means the bank, credit union, Mortgage bank, or other financial institution which is licensed to do mortgage lending in Utah.

As this is a new program, lenders may be unfamiliar with it. Have your lender refer to the Utah Housing Corp website: for a lender’s Funding Reservation Checklist and additional information.

Veterans are welcome to call the Utah Department of Veteran and Military Affairs for assistance: 801-326-2372

Check out our First Time Homebuyer Fact Sheet

*This is a pilot program to begin Aug 1, 2018 and ending on June 20, 2019 or upon depletion of the appropriated funds whichever comes first.

Warriors over the Wasatch

The 2018 Hill AFB Warriors over the Wasatch Utah Air show promises to be an event of excitement, thrills, and breathtaking flying like you have never seen before. See A salute to our historical air power, and the awe inspiring United States Air Force Thunderbirds.

June 23rd and 24th, 2018

It’s all here for the enthusiast, future pilot, thrill seeker, and families alike. Come out and see the huge collection of aircraft used in the last war, experience the size and mass of our cargo lifters, take in the agile and destructive helicopters of the US ARMY and much, much, more!

For more information click HERE

Veterans Career & Benefits Fair 2018

Title: Hiring Utah’s Heroes Job Fair
Date: Tuesday, May. 15th
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Davis Conference Center, 1651 N 700 W, Layon, UT
Price/tickets: FREE


Join us for a job and resource fair for Utah’s veterans, National Guard and Reserve Service members, active duty military members and families. Find a job or a get a better job with companies that support our nation’s military.

Before the fair, visit your local Workforce Services office to brush up on your interviewing skills and get help with your resume.

Job Seekers Click Here To Register

Employers and Service Providers Click Here To Register

View The Flyer Here

Newsletter May 2018


The focus of this issue of the Veteran’s Voice is Military Affairs. In Utah we are fortunate to have first-class installations, military organizations, and community support groups that all contribute to our national security responsibilities. Many of these organizations have contributed articles, events, accomplishments, points of contact and calendar items we hope you will find interesting and informative.

Also in this issue are items of recurring interest to veterans across the state including news on employment fairs, VA benefits, and community events. Thank you for your continued engagement and support of veterans and military in Utah.

The May 2018 edition of The Utah Veterans Voice can be found on the Resources and Publications page on our website ( To view the newsletter and other materials published by the Utah Department of Veterans and Military affairs, Click Here.

It is our honor to serve Utah’s veteran and military community.

Memorial Day Events 2018

Below is a list of Memorial Day Events being held in Utah 2018.
We will be updating this list periodically as new events come in.
Thank you.

Memorial Day Event List 2018

May 25, 2018

WECSLVH Memorial Day Program
10:00 AM at the William E. Christofferson Salt Lake Veterans Home, 700 S. Foothill Dr

MSBCUVH Memorial Day Program
11:00 AM at the Mervyn S. Bennion Central Utah Veterans Home, 1551 North Main Street

GEWOVH Memorial Day Program
1:30 PM at the George E. Wahlen Ogden Veterans Home, 1102 North 1200 West

SUVH Memorial Day Program
2:00 PM at the Southern Utah Veterans Home, 160 N. 200 E Street

May 26, 2018

Camp Floyd Civil War Encampment
May 26th and 28th
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM at 18035 W 1540 N, Fairfield, UT 84013

May 28, 2018

Mona City Veterans Memorial Dedication & Breakfast
20 West Center, Mona, UT 84645
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m Breakfast will be served $5/person, Veterans Free
9:30 a.m – 10:00 a.m – Program
10:00 a.m – Flag ceremony, followed by dedication of the Memorial.

Midway Memorial Ride with Stan Ellsworth @ Timpanogos Harley Davidson in Lindon
8:30 a.m – Riders Assemble – 1746, 555 S Geneva Rd, Lindon, UT 84042
Kick off at 10:00 a.m

Memorial Hill Matters Patriotic Program w Vice Adm. Richard K. Gallagher and One Voice Children’s Choir
1 p.m. HVA Outdoor Theater, 200 s. 400 e. Midway

5k Run + Fun Run
9:00 a.m. Check in @ HVA outdoor theater – 110 s. 400 e. in Midway
10:00 am Run Starts @ HVA 200 s. 400 e.

State of Utah Memorial Day Program
10:00 AM – Veterans Cemetery & Memorial Park, 17111 South Camp William Rd

Bluffdale Memorial Day Program
10 a.m. Bluffdale Cemetery, 14229 s. Redwood Road, Bluffdale

Nephi Memorial Day Service
1 – 9:45 a.m. City Cemetery, 400 n. 400 e.
2 – 10:30 a.m. Vine Bluff Cemetery, 1200 n. 400 e.

Freedom Loop – A Hike to Remember
8:30 AM – Memory Grove Park, 300 Canyon Rd, Salt Lake City

Wasatch Co. Memorial Day Program
9:00 AM at Wasatch County Event Center, 415 S. Southfields Rd

West Jordan Memorial Day Tribute
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Veterans Memorial Pavilion, 8030 S 1825 W

West Jordan Memorial Day Breakfast
9 a.m., Veterans Memorial Park, 1985 w. 7800 s., West Jordan

American Fork Memorial Day
Run 8:00 AM – Robinson Park, 100 E Main St., American Fork, UT 84003
Ceremony 11:00 AM – Alpine Tabernacle, 110 E Main St., American Fork, UT 84003

American Fork Memorial Day Breakfast
6-10 a.m. American Fork Fire Department, 96 n. Center, American Fork
$6 adults $3 children

Fort Douglas Memorial Day Ceremony
9:30 AM – March from Museum to the Cemetery
10:00 AM – Cemetery Ceremony

Herriman Memorial Day
Breakfast – 7:00 -11:00 AM, Main Street Park, 13000 S 5900 West
Ceremony – 9:00 AM, Herriman City Cemetery, 12520 South Pioneer Street (6000 W)

Lehi Memorial Day
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM, Lehi City Cemetery, 1100 North 400 East

Orem Memorial Day
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM, Orem Cemetery, 1520 North 800 East

Provo Memorial Day Service
10:00 AM at the Provo City Cemetery, 610 S. State Street

Midway Memorial Day
1:00 PM Memorial Hill

Kaysville Memorial Day Program
10:00 am, Kaysville Cemetery, 500 East Crestwood Road, Kaysville, UT

Farmington Memorial Day Program
12:00 noon, Farmington Cemetery Military Veterans Memorial, 500 South 200 East, Farmington, UT

American Fork Flag Retiring Program
2 p.m. Quail Cove Amphitheater, 851 e. 700 n.

“Wild Wednesday: Our National Symbol – Memorial Day Program,”
May 30th 3:45 – 4: 15 p.m., Ogden Nature Center, 966 12th St. Ogden
$5 Adults, $4 Seniors, $3 children 2-11

Lindon Monument to Freedom
9 a.m Lindon City Cemetery, 550 n. 200 e., Lindon

Woods Cross Memorial Day Celebration & Breakfast
8 a.m. Hogan Park, 720 w. 1500 s., Woods Cross

Hyde Park Memorial Day Breakfast
7 a.m. City Office Building, 113 e. Center, Hyde Park
$4 – $5

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