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Veterans Voice November 2018


The November 2018 issue of the Utah Veterans Voice newsletter is now online and ready to view. Included in this edition are great articles and information happening here in the State of Utah. In this edition there are many events that are taking place throughout Utah for Veterans Day including the ceremony to commemorate WW I and the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, at the State Capitol Rotunda on Nov 8th, 2018 at 11 am. Updated information on “Utah @ Ease”, a new Veterans and Military Legal Assistance program that was started on July 1st, 2018. In addition to these articles, The Utah Veterans Voice has messages from our major partners: The Department of Veteran Affairs, Hill Air Force Base, and the Utah National Guard, and other great partners in Utah.

We hope you enjoy the November 2018 edition of the newsletter, and during the month of November, we encourage all to get out and celebrate those great men and women who have served and continue to serve this great country in which we live in.

The November 2017 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 high honor to serve those who have and continue to serve.

Hiring Utah’s Heroes Career & Benefit Fair

Free Hiring Utah’s Heroes Career and Benefits Fair November 6 in Sandy

DRAPER, Utah – A free Hiring Utah’s Heroes career and benefits fair is
scheduled to be held Tuesday, November 6th, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the
Mountain America Exposition Center in Sandy.

The fair is one of a series of events intended to assist veterans,
active-duty military, members of the National Guard and Reserve and military
spouses to obtain information on veteran benefits, employment opportunities
or to upgrade their current job situations.

At the former job fair event held in Sandy in March 2018, there were 239 job
seekers, 526 resumes were accepted, 100 on-the-spot interviews were
conducted, and 50 conditional job offers were extended to applicants. More
than 85 employers with more than 2,500 combined job openings will be on hand
November 6th to discuss job opportunities, many of whom will be prepared to
extend solid offers to qualified applicants.

Interested job-seekers may either register at or on site. Employers and service
providers who wish to receive information on these events can contact Mark
Harrison at the number listed below.

This Hiring Utah’s Heroes event is being conducted by the Utah Veterans and
Military Employment Coalition, the Utah Department of Veterans and Military
Affairs, the National Guard Employment Support Program, the Utah Department
of Workforce Services, the Utah Committee for Employer Support of the Guard
and Reserve (ESGR), Salt Lake, Davis, and Ogden-Weber Chambers of Commerce,
the Department of Labor’s Veterans Employment and Training Service (DOL
VETS), and many other local partners.

The Mountain America Exposition Center is located at 9575 South State
Street, Sandy, Utah. For more information, please contact Mark Harrison at
(801) 432-4536.

Veterans Career-Hiring Fair Flyer

Open Aircraft Day 2018

September 7, 2018

Hill Aerospace Museum to Host Open Aircraft Day with SR-71 Pilots & Crew

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – The Hill Aerospace Museum is hosting its annual Open Aircraft Day on Saturday, September 29 from 10:00 am – 4:30 pm on the Museum grounds outside of Hill Air Force Base. Admission is free and open to the public.

A rare opportunity, this year the Museum is hosting more than twenty SR-71 Pilots, RSOs and Crew that will hold panel discussions about their Blackbird experiences for the public. Furthermore, SR-71 crew members will provide up-close tours of the airframe throughout the day.

The special event will also include: food trucks, live music, Hill Air Force Base unit demonstrations and displays, plus a chance to explore several aircraft open to the public only for this event.

Open aircraft will include such museum pieces as the SR-71, C-130, A-10, F-16, F-15, B-17, P-47, C-140, JN-4, H-3, H-53, and more.
A variety of food trucks will be on hand for attendees to purchase food and drinks. The Ogden Concert Band and rock band “Article 15” will entertain guests throughout the day.

The Museum is located outside the Roy Gate at 7961 Wardleigh Road, Building 1955, Hill AFB, Utah. Patrons can easily access the Museum from I-15, exit 338.

Author: Robb S. Alexander, Jr., Executive Director, Aerospace Heritage Foundation of Utah

Office: (801) 825-5936;
Contact: Aaron Clark, Director, Hill Aerospace Museum
Office: (801) 777-5706;

Museum Open Aircraft Day flyer 2018

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

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