Arizona's Legacy (Veterans AZ Season 2 - Episode 1)

Meet two people contributing to Arizona's veterans' legacy in the latest episode of Veterans AZ.

First we sat down with Nikki Stratton, granddaughter of USS Arizona survivor Donald Stratton. Nikki shares the story of her grandfather's harrowing escape from his burning ship on Dec. 7, 1941, and how he defied the odds to recover from his wounds and get back into the fight before the war's end. 
Learn how Nikki continues to honor the legacy of the Grand Canyon State's beloved battleship as sponsor of the new USS Arizona - an attack submarine currently under construction. 

We also learn about MANA House -- a transitional housing facility started by veterans for veterans. Army veteran Cole Hickman tells us about this amazing place where those who have served our nation can get a hand up to end struggles with homelessness.



Veterans AZ interview: Nikki Stratton (USS Arizona Legacy Foundation links to external site)

Veterans AZ interview: Cole Hickman (MANA House links to external site)


About Veterans AZ (

Veterans AZ is a video series that shares the stories of Arizona veterans and focuses attention on the many organizations and programs that serve veterans in the Valley of the Sun. The program is produced as part of the Scottsdale Veterans Advisory Commission's efforts to increase communication and awareness about veterans, their accomplishments, and the services and organizations supporting those who have worn the uniform of the United States armed forces. This program is produced by the City of Scottsdale, but features veterans news and information from across the Valley of the Sun and Arizona. 

Veterans AZ is also available in your favorite podcast app. 


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