Message of the Week
As Veterans' Day approaches, I often find myself reflecting on our country's past and the many victories Americans proudly call their own. When we look back on our history - on the defense of our country, our rights and our liberties - we proudly say that we won the war, we rescued the hostages, we protected the refugees, and we kept the peace.
But what we really mean when we talk of these American victories is that they - the men and women of America's armed forces - protected, fought, and served. They are the guardians of our freedoms, and they are so committed to this responsibility that they are willing to give their lives. We are merely the fans, supporting and taking pride in the home team.
And words can never express the thanks we owe to soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. These soldiers are no longer with us, but they gave us an extraordinary gift, and now we honor their legacy.
On Veterans' Day and everyday, we are grateful for the sacrifices veterans and soldiers made so that we can have the quality of life we enjoy.
There are 600,000 veterans living in Arizona, and many of them are seniors, enjoying their retirement years in our state's sunshine. Arizona is honored that so many veterans have chosen to make their homes here, and I want to ensure that our state continues to offer seniors and veterans the highest quality of life.
One of the ways I am doing that is by offering a free prescription drug discount card, the Copper Card, to all Arizona seniors. Creating the Copper Card was one of my first acts when I became Governor in 2003, and to date it has saved Arizona seniors $12.1 million. Arizonans who are 65 years or older, or who are disabled may begin saving with the Copper Card by visiting my website, <http://www.governor.state.az.us/copperxcard/> or by calling 1-888-227-8315.
Another way I'm working to improve the quality of life for Arizona Seniors is by breaking down barriers between Arizona employers and Arizona seniors who are interested in working full or part time. Arizona's Mature Workforce Initiative is the product of a partnership between the AARP Foundation and the Governor's Advisory Council on Aging. Arizona is among the first states in the country to get involved with this national initiative.
This month, my Advisory Council on Aging brought mature workers and employers together for the state's first Mature Workforce Summits, which included mature workers' job fairs. I look forward to hearing the results of these summits and thank those who participated. They helped create a blueprint that will encourage more Arizona companies and seniors to work together. I invite everyone to review the Mature Worker Plan on my Advisory Council on Aging's website, <http://www.azdes.gov/gaca/>, or call the Council at 602-542-4710.
I am proud to offer these services to the veterans who gave their service to our country. I encourage all Arizonans to seize the spirit of Veterans' Day this Friday and take some time to offer their own thanks to the veterans who have given us so much.
As always, if you have any questions or comments, please contact my office at 1-800-253-0883 and ask to speak to Constituent Services.
Yours Very Truly,