Coolidge, AZ, Central Arizona College (CAC)
The college held a ribbon cutting ceremony at their new Military & Veterans Student Center on Thursday, August 29, 2019. The well –attend event had speakers offering brief remarks, which included Dr. Elliott, President, CAC, Jim Symonds, USN, Rear Admiral, (Ret.) and S.E.E.4VETS Board member, and Dr. Sanchez, Director of Admissions & Recruitment, CAC. Further, S.E.E.4VETS collaborated with the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Tucson Chapter, and largely funded the Military & Veterans Student Center. In the ribbon cutting photo are left to right (background) Jim Symonds, Dave Waldron, David Bertagnoli, Liz Barrett & Dr. Sanchez. Front center are Dr. Elliott and Ray Torres.
Phoenix, AZ Diamondbacks
S.E.E.4VETS held an evening at the Ballpark on September 4, 2019. Invited were GateWay Community College student veterans and their guests. All branches of the Armed Forces were presented – Air Force, Navy, Army and US Marine Corp. First, they were treated to Mexican food at a local restaurant, and then they made their way to the ballpark to watch the Diamond Backs beat the San Diego Padres, and sweep the three game series. In the photo are a few of the veterans and their guests.
Tucson, AZ, Military Order of the Purple Heart
The leadership of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Tucson chapter 442 is unbelievably passionate about helping and supporting veterans. They are one of our strong strategic relations, and our organization was honored to have received a $2500 donation on August 7. In addition, it was befitting that Board member, Ina Parkinson (Purple Heart recipient) and Ray Torres, Chairman of the Board of S.E.E.4VETS were presented with the check on that date. On August 7 each year, Purple Heart Day is observed. It is a time for Americans to pause to remember and honor the brave men and women who ,were either wounded on the battlefield or paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives.
Scottsdale, AZ Scottsdale Independent
Scottsdale-based non-profit, S.E.E.4VETS is among honorees for the Arizona Small Business Week 2019 winners. The state’s award-winning entrepreneurs and small businesses were recognized during the Arizona Small Business Association’s 26th Annual Enterprise Business Awards Luncheon on May 2 at the Hilton Embassy Suites Scottsdale Resort.
The Arizona Veteran Advocate of the Year 2019 award recipient, S.E.E.4VETS — Support Education and Employment for Vets — founded in October 2013 is the only non-profit veteran organization funding Arizona community colleges to help prepare the “under-prepared student veteran.” Veterans are assisted with improving academic standings in math, English and writing for tutoring and course work not covered by the GI Bill. Vern “Rusty” Findley, Vice Chairman of the Board, USAF, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) accepted the award.
Phoenix, AZ Grand Marshall
Ian Parkinson, S.E.E.4VETS board member, was nominated and served as Grand Marshall Phoenix Veteran Day Parade, November 2018. “If there’s one thing that’s held true my entire life, it’s that I wanted to stand up for my country. Afghanistan is where I was given the opportunity to do just that,” says 28-year-old Ian Parkinson. He was inspired by his family’s long history of military service: father and uncles, Vietnam-era veterans; grandfathers, World War II veterans; great-grandfathers, World War I – extending all the way down to family members serving in the American Revolution…
On June 6, 2011, Parkinson lost both legs above the knees, and had severe upper body injuries, when he encountered an improvised explosive device (IED). No other soldiers were severely wounded… His decorations include the Purple Heart, Airborne wings, two Army Commendation Medals, and a Combat Infantry Badge…Nominator Peter Haas says, “I can think of no better example than Ian of an American serving with distinction and honor, asking nothing in return, and giving more than could ever be expected.”
Glendale, AZ Glendale Community College (GCC)
S.E.E.4VETS, GCC and The Vanguard Group, one of the largest providers of mutual funds, join together to offer a pre-employment program – Vets-Helping-Vets on April 2019. Objective was to instill confidence in student veterans in presenting themselves to prospective employers. Part of the reassurance, was resume development and interviewing techniques. Interviewing was a key interaction activity.
TPC- Scottsdale S.E.E4VETS 6th Annual Golf Tournament
S.E.E.4VETS concluded another successful golf tournament on May 17, 2019. Our generous sponsors, namely, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort, McKesson Technology, Rebath & Kitchen, Sora Jet, Messinger Mortuaries, Corte Bella Vets, Standard Aero, Russell A. Everts, and Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar substantially contributed to the success. Twin Peaks – Scottsdale provided celebratory activity on hole #6. In the photo are Jason Montano, US Army, active duty, Board member Toni Cortright, Claudette Rapheal and Hiroko Kobayashi ready to enjoy a shotski.
Kingman, AZ Mohave Community College (MCC) Check Presentation
S.E.E.4Vets presented a $12,814 check this week to MCC to help fund new Veterans Centers on campuses in Bullhead City, Kingman and Lake Havasu City. The MCC Kingman Veterans Center was created fall 2018. It was so successful that the Lake Havasu City campus and Bullhead City campus Veterans Centers were added spring 2019 with full support from S.E.E.4VETS. All of the colleges Veterans Centers are located in the campus libraries, where students have easy access to many resources including the MCC Student Success Centers and tutors.
In the photograph from left to right: Ray Torres, S.E.E.4VETS chairman, Diana Stithem, MCC interim president, Vern “Rusty” Findley, S.E.E.4VETS co-chairman and Jimi Hammond, MCC veterans services coordinator.
As the history books reflect on the post 9/11 era, service members and their families will be remembered as American patriots whose sacrifice and dedication to the values of our country will be singled out and revered for a long time. Please click on video produced by Rose+Moser+Allyn PR.
Rusty Findley, Vice Chairman of the Board, USAF, Lt.Gen.(Ret.) and Ray Torres, Chairman of the Board, S.E.E.4VETS had the privilege and honor to present a $12,814 check to Diana Stithem, Interim President, Mohave Community College (MCC) to help fund new Veterans Centers on campuses in Bullhead City, Kingman and Lake Havasu City. The MCC Kingman Veterans Center was created fall 2018. It was so successful that the Lake Havasu City campus and Bullhead City campus Veterans Centers were added spring 2019 with full support from S.E.E.4VETS. Please click on video produced by MCC.
Rusty Findley, Vice Chairman of the Board, USAF, Lt.Gen.(Ret.) and Ray Torres, Chairman of the Board, S.E.E.4VETS had the privilege and honor to present a $5,000 check to Dr. Karin Hilgersom, President, Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) to fund the Veterans Upward Bound program (VUB). Please click on video produced by TMCC.
S.E.E.4VETS has been supporting veteran students at Glendale Community College (GCC) since fall 2015. The math department at GCC offers MAT 108, which is a tutored-structured math class taken concurrent with a regular math course. This type of course is not GI Bill eligible, so it becomes the responsibility of the veteran to pay for the class. With the S.E.E4VETS scholarship, however, the course is paid for. Please click on video produced by Maricopa Colleges TV.