Supporting our Airmen and Veterans

Home to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (DMAFB) and the Arizona Air National Guard (AANG), Tucson has many programs to help Airmen and their families.

355th Fighter Wing change of command ceremony at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, June 2018. Airmen stand in front of an A-10 aircraft, waiting for the ceremony to begin.

Support programs

Air Force Military Tuition Assistance (TA)

A federal program that pays 100% of tuition and fees for active duty Airmen working toward a degree, up to $250 per credit hour and $4,500 per year. Airmen can have their tuition at Pima Community College and/or the University of Arizona paid in full through TA.

Military Spouse Employment Initiative

Local booster group the DM50 has put together a website with information for military spouses seeking employment in the Tucson area.

DoD SkillBridge

A federal program that pays active duty service members who are transitioning out of the military to intern with participating civilian employers prior to separation.

Boots to Business

The Pima Community College Small Business Development Center hosts this Small Business Administration program that helps service members become business owners.

Veteran Homelessness

In June 2013, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild announced a partnership with 14 local agencies, including the city’s housing department, to end veteran homelessness. Through that partnership, a coordinated entry system was created to track services for people experiencing homelessness. As of June 2018, fewer than 200 veterans continue to need housing.

Project Action for Veterans

Primavera Foundation runs a program for veterans that provides housing support and emergency financial assistance.

Veterans StandDown & Resource Fair

Every year, Tucson Veterans Serving Veterans hosts a resource fair connecting veterans with employment, housing, and services.

City of Tucson Veterans Court

A specialty court that assists eligible veterans, as defined by federal law—those with misdemeanor charges issued in the City of Tucson that do NOT involve sexual offenses or violent crimes. Must be willing to accept assistance from the VA that addresses treatment, rehabilitation, housing, and/or job referrals.

100 Acre Wood

Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists is organizing volunteers and donors to build a mountain bike course on city-leased land next to DMAFB—for use by Airmen, their families, and the public.

DMAFB Youth Center

The DM50 and others are raising funds to build a new Youth Center on the base.

Tucson City Golf

With a complimentary Camo Card, Davis-Monthan active duty Airmen enjoy special discounts at city-owned golf courses.

Community partnerships

DMAFB and the AANG work with the community on a number of initiatives.

  • Land use planning with the City of Tucson, Pima County, and the State of Arizona to address encroachment
  • Energy initiatives with Tucson Electric Power, including renewables
  • Fire training for Airmen and area Fire Departments
  • Language skills training for Airmen through the University of Arizona’s Critical Languages Program
  • Medical training at local hospitals for Airmen in the 355th Medical Group and the 563rd Rescue Group