CHANDLER, Ariz. – The City of Chandler Diversity Office is partnering with Operation Shockwave, a nonprofit dedicated to suicide prevention among veterans, to host a Military Mental Resilience Fair from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, June 25, at the Mathew B. Juan American Legion Post 35, 2240 W. Chandler Blvd.
The first annual event is an opportunity for local veterans to connect with a wide range of organizations and services they may be eligible for, making it a one-stop-shop opportunity.
“Since working with Operation Shockwave, we’ve learned there are more than 13,000 veterans that live in our City,” said Niki Tapia, Chandler Diversity Office. “We’re committed to assisting with outreach to ensure our veteran community is aware of all of the resources available at this event and through Operation Shockwave.”
During the free event, there will be a series of workshops as noted below. Attendees may sign-up for any workshop during registration the day of the fair.
- Emotional Freedom Technique: Tapping
Presenter: CaS Facciponti, co-founder of Operation Shockwave
- Living with PTSD
Presenter: Adam Bigelow, PTSD Foundation, Arizona Chapter
- How Trauma Affects Your Window of Tolerance
Presenter: Laura Wood, Benavieri Counseling
- Breath Work for Mental Health and a Discussion in Cold Therapies
Presenter: Ryan Anderson
- Signs You Are Questioning Your Faith
Presenter: Marcus Ray
- VA Loans and the Homebuyers Experience
Presenter: Lee Griffith, MilSpec
Additional services available at the fair include: MVD informational booth on licenses and services; college enrollment services; VA eligibility and enrollment; VA disability claim assistance; palliative and hospice options; veteran court; case management; AHCCCS/DES applications; counseling services; faith-based support services; haircuts; chiropractic evaluations; massage chairs; as well as several food vendors.
The event will have a kickoff ceremony from 9–9:45 a.m. that all are invited to attend.
Operation Shockwave, Co-Founder
City of Chandler, Communications and Public Affairs