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Chase Field – S.E.E.4VETS and the Southwest Veteran Chamber of Commerce (SWVCC) jointly sponsored a Day at the Chase baseball park on Sunday, June 25. The organizations and several of our veterans were recognized and shown on the Jumbotron. Twenty-five (25) attended, including Lee Lange, President SWVCC , USMC, Colonel (Ret.) and Rusty Findley, Vice Chairman of the Board S.E.E.4VETS, USAF Lt. General (Ret.). The Chamber of Commerce invited veterans from U.S. Vets and our organization invited student veterans from Paradise Valley Community College. One of the college veteran students said this about the gathering…”Thank you so much for the tickets to the game and the lunch. This has been a fantastic day and something that we normally would not be able to do on our own.” Such feedback always encourages S.E.E.4VETS to offer social outings to student veterans.

The following veterans were recognized on the baseball field: Lee Lange, Derek Kilgore, Michael McGranaghan, William Miller, Curtis Namingha and Rusty Findley. Photograph is courtesy of Mathew McGraw.

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TPC Scottsdale – S.E.E.4VETS held another remarkable golf tournament at TPC Scottsdale, in part, because of our generous sponsors such as the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort. The organization achieved a higher level of financial success than the previous year, with net proceeds at $30,260. Players had fun as well. Nearly all the players finished approx. 5pm (4-hour round). Scottsdale Mayor Lane welcomed the players and Eli Crane, Founder, President/CEO, Bottle Breacher was the featured speaker. Further, having the buffet style setup on the patio made it easier for people to serve themselves. A special thanks to Toro Restaurant & Rum Bar for their high-quality food and outstanding service.

In the photograph shown below are: Eli Crane, Founder, President/CEO, Bottle Breacher; Gary Schleuger, Board Member, S.E.E.4VETS; Rusty Findley, Vice Chairman of the Board, S.E.E.4VETS; Honorable Scottsdale Mayor Lane; and Ray Torres, Chairman of the Board, S.E.E.4VETS. Photograph is courtesy of Mathew McGraw.

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Tucson, AZ – S.E.E.4Vets received a $5,000 donation from the leadership of the Ft. Lowell, Chapter 422, Military Order of Purple Heart (MOPH). It will be applied to the S.E.E.4Vets Veterans Student Tutoring Service program at Pima Community College (PCC), downtown campus for fall semester 2017. The program has already served twenty-nine student veterans of which 13 worked the math tutor and 16 with the writing tutor in spring semester 2017.

The Commander David Bertagnoli of Chapter 442, MOPH, visited the Military and Veteran Services Center at PCC and meet leaders of S.E.E.4Vets, school officials and a few student veterans.

In the photograph are: (lt to rt) Jorge Camarillo, Coordinator, Military & Veteran Services; Dr. David Dore, PCC Campus President, Downtown and Northwest campuses; Ray Torres, Chairman of the Board, S.E.E.4Vets; Commander David Bertagnoli of Chapter 442, MOPH; Joanna Sweatt, Financial Officer & Treasurer, S.E.E.4Vets; Polly Reza, Veteran Adviser, PCC Northwest Campus; Jeremy Thompson, Veteran Adviser, PCC downtown campus, Military & Veteran Services; and Hector Acosta, Director, Military and Veteran Services.

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Phoenix College (P.C.) – S.E.E4Vets and Southwest Veteran Chamber of Commerce (SWVCC) attended P.C. Veterans Association end of the year celebration in May 2017. At the function, both organizations presented Stephen Vega, President, P.C. Veterans Association with two $250 checks. The school participates in a “matching fund” program offered by the two organizations.

The primary function of the Phoenix College Veterans club is to create a network for the schools Veteran population to help build connections with the college and community, network with businesses, assist with the transition from the military to a school environment. The funding for the Veterans Association comes through various fundraisers and events. Any funds raised by the group would be matched by SWVCC and S.E.E.4Vets up to the maximum amount of $500 an academic year.

In the photograph are: (lt to rt) Tom Sheets, Executive Director, SWVCC; Stephen Vega, President, P.C. Veterans Association; Joanna Sweatt, Financial Officer & Treasurer, S.E.E.4Vets.

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S.E.E.4Vets pledged $9,000 to Yavapai College, Veteran Upward Bound program. The program provides eligible U.S. Military veterans with the opportunity to refresh their academic skills and prepare them to successfully enter and graduate from college, university or technical school. The school already received $3000, and for the fall semester 2016, ten veterans received scholarships. In the photograph are: (left to right) Ray Torres, S.E.E.4Vets, Chairman of the Board; Jane Hersh, District Director, Veteran Education & Transition Services, Yavapai College; Dr. Penelope Wills, President, Yavapai College; Rusty Findley, Vice Chairman of the Board, S.E.E.4Vets; Tom Mascot, S.E.E.4Vets, Board Member; Joanna Sweatt, S.E.E.4Vets, Treasurer & Paul Kirchgraber, Director of Development, Yavapai College Foundation.

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Glendale Community College Veteran Services Center…This is a synopsis of the Glendale Star article on the New GCC Veteran Services Center. Dr. Teresa Leyba Ruiz, Interim President of Glendale Community College, perhaps described the new GCC Veteran Services Center best, when she said, “In 2010, as soon as we opened the doors, we knew it was too small.” Since that time, 16,000 families have walked through the door. Dr. Leyba Ruiz and other college and military officials made their remarks during the grand opening celebration of the new, expanded center at a March 24 ceremony.

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Maricopa County Community College District Chancellor Maria Harper-Marinick gave the audience a history lesson on how community colleges became the affordable and accessible higher education model from former President Harry Truman in the form of the GI Bill. Harper-Marinick said the college district decided in 2007 that each of the 10 colleges would have a veteran center. The district’s commitment has resulted in all of the colleges being recognized nationally as military friendly. In GCC’s 2015-16 school year, 940 veterans were served.

One of several officials addressing the audience was retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Vern M. “Rusty” Findley, Vice Chairman of the Board for S.E.E4Vets (Support Education and Employment for Vets), said, “In the end, it’s all about the people it’s going to serve … They’re an elite group; they’ve earned the right to have a facility like this.”

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The S.E.E.4Vets Student Veterans’ Success program at GateWay Community College is a groundbreaking program. Of the ten community colleges under the Maricopa County Community College umbrella, GateWay is the only one offering student veterans a three-part program. S.E.E.4Vets launched the program fall semester 2015. To date, 159 student veterans have participated. A majority of these students completed the Online Student Veteran Orientation Program. Student veterans continue to avail themselves to the one-on-one tutoring for math and English, and to date 41 students utilized the tutoring services. In addition, five scholarships were award for spring semester 2017. In all, the innovative approach to encouraging student veterans to “persist and advance” in their studies is on a successful trajectory.

S.E.E.4VETS held another remarkable golf tournament at TPC Scottsdale, in part because of our generous sponsors, such as the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort. The organization achieved a higher level of financial success than the previous year, and players had fun as well. Nearly all the players finished approx. 5pm (4-hour round). Scottsdale Mayor Lane welcomed the players and Eli Crane, Founder, President/CEO, Bottle Breacher was the featured speaker. In addition, photographer Mathew McGraw took terrific photos. Further, having the buffet style setup on the patio made it easier for people to serve themselves. A special thanks to Toro Restaurant & Rum Bar for their high-quality food and outstanding service.