Chandler partners with Operation Shockwave to host mental health event for veterans

June 15, 2021
Veterans saluting

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
    8–8:45 a.m.
  • Living with PTSD
    Presenter: Adam Bigelow, PTSD Foundation, Arizona Chapter

    10–10:45 a.m.
  • How Trauma Affects Your Window of Tolerance
    Presenter: Laura Wood, Benavieri Counseling
    11–11:45 a.m.
  • Breath Work for Mental Health and a Discussion in Cold Therapies
    Presenter: Ryan Anderson
    Noon–12:45 p.m.   
  • Signs You Are Questioning Your Faith
    Presenter: Marcus Ray

    1–1:45 p.m.  
  • VA Loans and the Homebuyers Experience
    Presenter: Lee Griffith, MilSpec
    2–2:45 p.m.  

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.

For inquiries about the event, email For more information about Operation Shockwave and their work with local veterans, visit Operation Shockwave.  


Media contacts:
CaS Facciponti
Operation Shockwave, Co-Founder

Stephanie Romero   
City of Chandler, Communications and Public Affairs