The city of Surprise is an “Arizona Veteran Supportive Employer & City”, as designated by the Arizona Coalition for Military Families, and aims to honor and support veterans in appreciation of their service to our country. This page is dedicated to connecting veteran and military families to supportive resources, programs and initiatives.
The West Valley Veteran Success Center is located at the City of Surprise Resource Center. It is a hub for connecting military and veterans to services and benefits, offering a full-time AmeriCorps member specializing in Veteran benefits navigation services, and a part-time Be Connected Navigator that works to provide connection to veteran supportive resources across Arizona.
Rent & Utility Assistance
Community Action Program for Surprise & El Mirage (CAP)
In partnership with Maricopa County, CAP offers qualifying residents rent and utility assistance. For more information, please contact the HOPE LINE at 623.222.4673 or get an online application via the link below.
City of Surprise Housing Repair Programs
The city’s Neighborhood Services Division administers programs to assist eligible residents with maintaining homes that experience minor-to-major component failure. Assistance may also be available to assist with accessibility modifications where appropriate.
Workforce & Career Development
Veteran Preference Points for Surprise Police & Fire Positions
The Surprise Fire-Medical and Police Departments support the efforts of military veterans and wishes to attract individuals who have served in the military to public service. Veteran preference points will be awarded to those individuals who have honorably served in the United States Armed Forces. The preference points program represents a small token of the City of Surprise’s appreciation for a veteran’s service in defense of the Nation and of the State, and also serves as a compensatory measure for the sacrifice these veterans have made in the postponement or interruption of civilian careers.
Arizona@Work Maricopa County
The Surprise Resource Center hosts an onsite, full-time Workforce Development Coordinator to assist with business outreach and employment, and to provide training services to job seekers. Arizona@Work also hosts an Access Point through the Resource Center which provides employment and career assistance, including access to resume assistance, workshops, connections with local companies hiring, a computer lab and printer.
Eve’s Place Mobile Advocacy Services
Services are available for victims of domestic/sexual abuse two days per week at the Surprise Resource Center, 12425 W Bell Rd. Suite 124 Surprise, AZ 85378. Individual appointments and support groups are available for adults and teens. Please call 623.222.1600 for more information.
St. Mary’s Food Bank – The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
In partnership with St. Mary’s Food Bank, emergency food box distributions are available to help eligible low-income individuals and households supplement their nutritional needs.
Food boxes are available weekly, Mondays and Thursdays, between 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Surprise Resource Center, 12425 W Bell Rd. Suite 124 Surprise, AZ 85378. Please call 623.222.1600 for more information.
Valid identification and self-declared income status eligibility is required. Eligible recipients are permitted one food box per individual, or household, per month.
St. Vincent De Paul Crisis/Bill Assistance
Our local Society provides support to individuals and families in need of crisis assistance, bill assistance, food boxes, and more. St. Vincent De Paul in Surprise is the St. Clare of Assisi conference. For more information, please call 623-975-5617.
WIC Services | Adelante Healthcare
The Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program is designed to help keep pregnant and breastfeeding women and their children under age 5 healthy. WIC is a nutrition program that provides nutrition and health education, healthy food and other services free to Arizona families who qualify.
City of Surprise Public Transit
Valley Metro provides two transportation service models to better serve certified Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) riders, seniors and income-qualified individuals in the City of Surprise, and to provide a standardized regional system for riders valley-wide.
Veterans, Disability, and Human Services Commission
The City of Surprise Veterans, Disability and Human Services Commission is charged with assisting in the development and/or expansion of city programming related to veterans; people with special needs; and those in need of general human services and workforce development.
Luke Air Force Base
AZ Department of Veteran Services
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
There are variety of additional partners listed under “Veteran Services” in our Community Resource Guide.
Honoring our Veterans
Veterans Reflection Circle
The Veterans Reflection Circle is an outdoor memorial in honor of late Surprise resident and combat wounded veteran Brian Mancini, who spent his life serving his country and helping other wounded veterans find healing.
In January, 2019 the Arizona State Board on Geographic and Historic Names voted to approve the naming of the bridge at US 60 (Grand Ave) and Bell Road to Veterans Bridge. The city’s busiest roadway will now serve as a constant reminder of the service and sacrifice of our veterans.
Army Air Corps Memorial "Vaya Con Dios"
A memorial piece resides in an area of the Surprise Community Park, 15953 N. Bullard Avenue, that was once Luke Air Force Auxiliary Field #3, better known as fighter field. Thousands of Air Force Pilots were trained here before leaving to serve their nation.
Nick D. Bacon Memorial Monument
A memorial monument in honor of Medal of Honor Recipient Staff Sergeant Nick D. Bacon, who served as Surprise Town Manager from 1986 - 1990, is located in the Surprise City Hall south outdoor courtyard. Bacon received his Medal of Honor from President Richard Nixon in 1969 for his heroic efforts in Vietnam and served for several years as president of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. He passed away in July 2010.
Veterans Day Parade
The city hosts a Veterans Day Parade annually in November to honor all veterans. Check the city’s website calendar at surpriseaz.gov/calendar for information as the event approaches each year.