ANCHORAGE, Alaska--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today on September 11, Alaska Governor Sean Parnell ceremonially signs a memorandum of agreement with state and community agencies that are working together to address the needs of Service members, Veterans and their Families.
For these agencies that serve Alaska’s military population, it is indisputable that the remote geography makes it challenging to coordinate services statewide. However, they are certainly necessary. Alaska is home to 75,000 Veterans coupled with 24,000 Service members and their 49,000 dependents all living within urban and rural communities. Faced with minimal internet capabilities, arduous commutes and limited services beyond military installations, public and private agency collaboration is critical.
Fortunately, the Alaska Forget Me Not Coalition and other key agencies are working to ensure these men and women have access to culturally competent services and support. In fact, a special, invitation only event, CELEBRATING SUCCESS THROUGH COLLABORATION, is being held today, September 11, at the Arctic Warrior Event Center to celebrate these agency partnerships. “This event reaffirms our commitment to serving our state’s military, and we are all the more motivated by the fact that Governor Parnell will recognize our efforts through an official statewide memorandum of agreement (MOA) signing,” said Lt Col Kay Spear-Budd, State Family Program Director for the Alaska National Guard.
In addition to the MOA signing, attendees will hear success stories from Joining Forces and personal testimonies from Veterans and Family members about how community agencies helped them address the unique challenges of military life as a result of deployment, relocation, and reintegration. The all-day event continues with roundtable sessions on capacity building, identification of service gaps, and steps for attainable results. “Participants will also have the opportunity to integrate into the Coalition’s working groups. As we move forward, it is imperative that we continue to combine our efforts and capitalize on existing programs that already successfully connect our military with much-needed resources,” said Colette Moring, Army OneSource Community Support Coordinator.
The event is made possible by the Alaska Forget Me Not Coalition for Service Members, Veterans and Families, including the Alaska National Guard, Army OneSource, Department of Military and Veteran Affairs, North Star Behavioral Health, and Richardson Spouse Club.