Sinema, O'Halleran Work with Vets, College Programs to Improve Education, Job Training

Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09) and Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) brought together Arizona veterans, college administrators, and veterans services professionals yesterday to find solutions to improve education and job training opportunities for veterans. The group gathered at Rio Salado Community College for Sinema’s fourth Boots to Books event, a statewide initiative launched by the Congresswoman to provide veterans with the tools to get ahead.

“My highest priority is honoring our commitment to Arizona veterans,” said Congresswoman Sinema. “Our Boots to Books events are built to help connect veterans with opportunity when they return home. Today, Congressman O’Halleran and I worked with Arizona colleges, job training programs, and student veterans to find solutions that improve access to education benefits and keep our bravest men and women on the path to success.”


Sinema discusses her work to improve veterans education benefits with vets and other Boots to Books attendees and participates in a flag raising ceremony before the roundtable discussion

“Our military and veteran students deserve access to the highest quality education, but many face hurdles when they prepare to go back to school,”said Congressman O’Halleran. “We have made a commitment to support our brave servicemembers, and that commitment includes providing resources to those who are transitioning into higher education. I look forward to working with Congresswoman Sinema, military and veteran students, and school administrators to identify what legislative action is needed to ensure that these students connected to the education resources they need to succeed.”

“One of the best parts of today’s Boots to Books event was the roundtable discussion with Congresswoman Sinema and Congressman O’Halleran. Real issues were discussed, such as the lack of student veteran mental health services offered directly on campuses and other student veteran integration barriers. I left feeling that our insight and collective voices were heard and acknowledged during the discussion. I look forward to continuing to work with Congresswoman Sinema and Congressman O’Halleran to help the veterans I work with thrive in college and beyond.” – Laurie Jordan, Air Force Veteran and Assistant Director of the NAU Veteran Success Center. 

During the roundtable, Sinema, O’Halleran, and attendees discussed how to make education benefits easier to use and what colleges and job training programs could do to better serve student veterans. Earlier this month, Sinema met with student veteransat U of A to hear directly from them about the challenges and opportunities they face.