Who We Are
Enriching and Honoring Arizona's Veterans and their Families
through Education, Advocacy, and Service
Arizona has provided services to Arizona Veterans since 1925, when it created the position of Veterans’ Service Officer. This position was abolished in 1951 and replaced by the Arizona Veterans’ Service Commission. In 1973, the Commission was integrated into the Department of Economic Security. Primarily at the request of various Veterans’ organizations, the Governor reestablished the Commission as a separate agency in 1982. In 1999, the Legislature separated the Commission from the agency by making the Commission an advisory body and creating a separate Department of Veterans’ Services headed by a governor-appointed director.
Is ADVS the same as the VA?
We are not the VA (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs).
Rather, we work with the VA and other entities, both public and private, to assist our Arizona veterans in gaining access to benefits to which they are entitled. As an Arizona state agency, we assist our veterans in numerous ways, many of which are outlined within the pages of this website.
ADVS News Flash - May 2015
ADVS Director, Col. Wanda Wright, USAF-Retired