The intrusive and disruptive COVID-19 pandemic shook America’s core, creating an economic tidal wave washing away more than 25 million jobs, and altering our way of life for years to come. In addition, institutions of higher learning shifted to entirely online instruction while campuses remain closed until fall 2020.
Working with many community colleges over the years, S.E.E.4VETS has learned that student veterans usually are employed in entry-level jobs and struggle financial while attending school. They most likely become part of the massive unemployment crisis our nation faces as well. To that end, S.E.E.4VETS took unprecedented steps and established a program to help student veterans in dire financial need. The Emergency Financial Relief Program would make funds available to help with food, rent, utilities and other living expenses. Our organization then began applying for COVID-19 Emergency Financial Relief funds with extraordinary success over the months of April and May.
Our gratitude and special thanks goes to these organizations for approving S.E.E.4VETS request for funds: Wells Fargo, Arizona Community Foundation, Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, API Incorporated and Military Order of the Purple Heart, Tucson Chapter. Their contribution coupled with our organization repurposing certain amount of funds, S.E.E.4VETS has disbursed $47,000 to colleges. In addition, student veterans who have received Emergency Financial Relief Funds have expressed heart-warming thanks.
Grant Recipients - Pima Community College, Coconino Community College, Arizona Western College, Mohave Community College, Yavapai College & Arizona Central College
Grant Recipient: Truckee Meadows Community College
Grant Recipient - Pima Community College
Grant Recipient - Estella Mountain Community College
Grant Recipient - Pima Community College
Arizona Western College–$3700
Pima Community College – $10,500
Truckee Meadows Community College – $5000
Coconino Community College–$2500
Central Arizona College –$4000
Estrella Mountain Community College –$8300
“…The stress of worrying about making payments has certainly weighed down on me, especially with the prevalence of COVID-19. With that being said, however, I’m immensely happy that S.E.E.4Vets has approved me to receive a $400 stipend to help with my monthly bills…” – Student Veteran, Central Arizona College.
“This has been an especially trying time for my family and this help couldn’t have come at a better time.” – Student Veteran, University of New Mexico, Taos.
” I want to say a very sincere thank you for blessing my family with much needed funds to catch up on our mortgage! I cannot thank you enough! Myself, husband, and children say a very sincere thank you to you all! – Student Veteran, Mohave Community College.
“I want to thank S.E.E.4VETS for going out of their way to help veterans, and providing my family and I the relief funds to help get through these times it is greatly appreciated. These funds will help us to float groceries and bills through the month my wife and I both could not work due to her contracting COVID-19.” – Student Veteran, Mohave Community College.
“I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to all the people over at the S.E.E.4VETS organization. Your generosity will assist me in paying additional costs that come with being in the Physical Therapy Assistant Program. As a single income family, it will also provide extra money for food, gas, and other family related living expenses while I am attending college. A very heartfelt “Thank You” from my whole family!” – Student Veteran, Mohave Community College.
“Thank you so much for all of your help that you have done to help me during these difficult times. I am more than thankful because of this as well as continuing to stay safe during these uncertain times…” – Student Veteran, Pima Community College.
“I would pay my car note. My mother is currently unemployed due to the pandemic and I recently just paid my mother June’s rent which was $1,100 and now I have to worry about the car note too. “ – Student Veteran, Pima Community College.
“I am truly honored and am so very appreciative. This means so much to me and will absolutely help me to continue to achieve my academic goals…” Thank you a million times.” – Student Veteran, University of New Mexico, Taos.
“Thank you S.E.E.4Vets for the continuous help. I greatly appreciate the support from other Vets and am glad I have somebody watching my back in times like these. Your generous donation of funds has made this difficult period a little less stressful.” – Student Veteran, Coconino Community College.
“…Your Donations give endless opportunities to veterans like myself, who thought, “it will be impossible!”. Your kindness extends to changing the life of those close to us. You change people lives by allowing them the opportunity to improve their quality of life, which improves the quality of life of a community through education. Education is the key to a civil and peaceful life within a community and adds to the improvement of the quality of life of our country. God knows we need education, civil manners, and peace. Blessings to All…” – Student Veteran, Arizona Western College.
“Thank you so much for helping me in my current situation. I don’t know what I would have done if it wasn’t for you helping me make my car payment and because of this, I am able to continue my educational journey and perform better in my classes without having to stress over my financial burdens. It means a great deal to me and I am so relieved that an organization like this exists. Thank you once again!” – Student Veteran, Estrella Mountain Community College.