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Sanderson Ford & ABC15 salute veteran Alan "AP" Powell for providing support to Valley vets

Posted at 7:25 AM, May 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-29 12:52:24-04

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ABC15 takes great pride in honoring our local military veterans who continue to give back to the community!

Thanks to our great partner, Sanderson Ford, and hundreds of you who submitted nominations we continue our ABC15 salutes Arizona veterans campaign!

Honoree, Alan "AP" Powell served in the U.S. Army during Operation Desert Storm. His outstanding service earned him the Army Service Ribbon and a National Defense Service Medal.

Alan's career carried over to civilian life and the founder of a non-profit called Checkered Flag Run Foundation. The mission is the help provide diverse educational programs that impact under-served students and veterans. Alan believes access to quality educational opportunities ensures the investment of every student & Veteran getting to cross the "finish line."

The Foundation's latest program, HeroZona, was a week-long Veterans Day engagement that provides Arizona's 640,000-plus veterans a multi-day networking event. HeroZona gained national and local recognition from the entire Arizona community with support from U.S. Senator John McCain, Governor Doug Ducey, Mayor Greg Stanton, Arizona Department of Veteran's Services, and many corporations and educational colleges. The Checkered Flag Run Foundation also promotes a program called 'Veterans Reach to Teach', which was created to lower the large number of teacher vacancies through connecting veterans to those teaching opportunities. Their program assists veterans and their spouses earn substitute teachers and permanent teacher's certifications.

Alan received a $500 gift card courtesy of Sanderson Ford as a thank you for his continued efforts to serve the community.

ABC15 Salutes Arizona Veterans is sponsored by Sanderson Ford.

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