Trilogy Veterans Club

Trilogy Veterans Club

The Trilogy at Vistancia Veterans club is comprised of 226 veterans who have served in our nation’s military. The club’s mission is to engage military veterans, cultivate fellowship, create missions and opportunities that support military veterans in need; undertake support for charitable, social, and community events, which honor veterans and military service; and to advocate for legislation that promotes benefits to military veterans and their families. Their efforts were realized this year when the club was notified they would be receiving the Congressional Recognition Award from Congresswoman Lesko later this year, and one member of the club was nominated for the Senator McSally’s Veterans of Distinction Award.

The Trilogy at Vistancia Veterans Club has a reputation for being Ready, Reliable, and Relevant as an organization. The club is Ready because it will answer the call of their community and/or military veterans in need. Reliable in that folks can count on them to deliver; whether that is donating turkeys, small appliances, or manual labor, and Relevant in that their community will know about the Veterans Club, what they stand for, what they are committed to doing, and executing when asked.

This organization provides real-time support to military veterans in need or at risk in the Phoenix area. This is done by completing what the club calls, “missions.” For example, annually, the club will feed a home-cooked meal to over 750 homeless veterans as part of their support to the Veterans Outreach Center in Phoenix, AZ. Additionally, in support of U.S. VETS of Phoenix, the club paints, repairs, and organizes living quarters for transitory veterans who are provided housing by the Veterans Administration (VA). Over 600 man-hours are devoted each year to this mission. The club’s “Totes for Troop” mission brings toiletries and cleaning supplies to the Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force (MANA) House, twice a year in support of military veterans who are transitioning back into society.

The Trilogy at Vistancia Veterans Club is the go-to organization for Operation Homefront’s Back-to-School Brigade in the Valley. This year, the club donated drivers that traveled to 27 Dollar Tree Stores in the local area, collecting over 50,000 school supply items. Once the collection was completed, the club hosted a back-pack fill party, which resulted in 500 back-packs being filled by members of the club. The back-packs were delivered to less fortunate military children at Luke Air Force Base (AFB), DavisMonthan AFB, and Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.

The club’s annual Operation Bright Idea was able to collect over 1700 light bulbs over a two-year period, from local residents of Trilogy and they were used to support the Grand Veterans Village in Phoenix. This renovated hotel allows for military veterans in need to be housed while looking for employment, and the bulbs are used in each of the rooms within the complex. Along the same lines, the club’s Trilogy Turkey Transfer, which is conducted just prior to Thanksgiving, provides frozen turkey’s to Saint Mary’s Food Bank. Over the past two years, the club has collected nearly 300 turkeys that were used to feed less fortunate families and military veterans in the Phoenix area. The year ends with the club’s support of the Marine’s Toys for Tots program. Each Christmas, club members work to collect toys for children who otherwise would not receive any Christmas presents. This past Christmas, the club collected over 1,100 toys, including 30 bicycles and cash donations of $1,050.00.

The Trilogy Veterans Club not only gives its time to worthy efforts, but as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, makes charitable donations on behalf of military veterans. This year, the club presented $2,000.00 in scholarship funds to three deserving Airmen at nearby Luke AFB. The club donated $5,000.00 to Soldier’s Best Friend in support of funding the training of a military veteran with PTSD or TBI and a dog that was rescued from a shelter. Additionally, nearly $20,000.00 was donated to various veteran organizations within the Phoenix area in support of military veterans at risk or in need. One area that the club really shines is in their charitable work, which includes a Variety Show and a Golf Tournament. The Variety Show attracts local talent, including club members, that perform for an audience that includes the Mayor and Vice-Mayor of Peoria, as well as over 200 attendees. Over $2,300.00 is raised for various charities that support military veterans in need. The golf tournament last year raised over $18,000.00 for club charities that support our nation’s military veterans.

Members of the Trilogy at Vistancia Veterans club have served their country, gone to war, and are part of a group where only 0.53% of the nation’s population have served in the military. Despite the sacrifice they have made professionally to defend this country, they now continue to serve in a volunteer status, still serving, supporting, and sacrificing their time to help others. The club is proud that they are military veterans serving military veterans in need.

Chris Salzer
Manager of Charities
Trilogy Veterans Club