Charles Schwab Cup Championship, Phoenix, AZ

The PGA TOUR Champions Charles Schwab Cup Championship in association with 12 News held its Putt Fore Charity event on Thursday, September 26. It was a beautiful day to enjoy complimentary breakfast and mimosas. The winner of the Putt Fore Charity putting competition would earn a $5,000 check benefitting the non-profit organization of their choice.

Six people representing S.E.E.4VETS, including five Board members entered the putting competition. Putting miscues took them out the competition…perhaps 2020 will be their year. In the top photo is Tex Mascot, Board member and Treasurer, and in the other photo are Gary Schleuger, Board member and long-time S.E.E.4VETS supporter – Chad Williams

In all, there was an eight-way tie leading to an exciting play-off. In the end, Cori Matheson, of LPGA – Girls Golf of Phoenix was able to sink enough putts to take home the check.


Central Arizona College (CAC), Coolidge, AZ
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. 


AZ Diamondbacks Baseball Game, Phoenix, AZ

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.


Military Order of the Purple Heart, Tucson, AZ

On August 7, 2019, Mike Dyer, Commander, Military Order of the Purple, Tucson Chapter, presented Ray Torres, Chairman of the Board, S.E.E.4VETS and Ian Parkinson, S.E.E.4VETS Board member, Purple Heart recipient with a $2500 check. These funds will bed used to pay tuition for a Resiliency Course, one-hour credit at Pima Community College. Resiliency is the ability of an individual to bounce back from life’s adversity and cope with stresses and deal with these stresses in healthy ways.

In 2017, President Trump signed the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act designating March 29 of each year as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. Our nation’s Vietnam War Commemoration is an opportunity for all Americans to recognize, honor, and thank our Vietnam Veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice during one of the longest wars in our country’s history. Fifty years ago, in 1967, nearly 500,000 American troops served in South Vietnam. The Tucson chapter leadership, who are all Vietnam veterans, is shown in the photo.


Veteran Advocate of the Year, Phoenix, AZ

The 2019 Arizona Veteran Advocate of the Year award went to Vern “Rusty” Findley, retired lieutenant general in the U.S. Air Force, who — in addition to working as a contract consultant in the defense industry —volunteers as vice chairman of the board for S.E.E.4VETS, a nonprofit group that advocates for student veterans.

S.E.E.4VETS, which stands for Supporting Education and Employment for Veterans, collaborates with community colleges to shape and implement programs that improve student veteran retention and help connect them with career services. “They provide support, and they provide encouragement to veterans to complete their education and to help them navigate the job recruitment and hiring maze that everybody faces when they’re coming back to a civilian society from the military,” Blaney said.


Veterans Day Parade Grand Marshal, Phoenix AZ

Ian Parkinson served as one of the Grand Marshalls in 2018. He joined the Army when he was 19, serving in Korea and deploying to Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain Division. He acknowledged he stretched his time to four years, joking that he probably would have stayed longer, “but an infantryman missing that many parts isn’t in high demand.” His decorations include the Purple Heart, Airborne wings, two Army Commendation Medals, and a Combat Infantry Badge.

Ian is a web developer with a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Information Technology from Arizona State University, finance officer for the Military Order of Purple Heart, Chapter 790, state Junior Vice Commander, as well as a motivational speaker, focusing on ownership. He is also on the Board of Directors, S.E.E.4VETS.


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.


Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC), Reno, NV

TMCC operates the federally fund Veteran Upward Bound (VUB) project in the state of Nevada. They received continued funding for their VUB project scholarships. In October, the college held a Legacy Scholarship Reception with the S.E.E.4VETS scholarship recipients. Shown in the video are some of the recipients. To date, S.E.E.4VETS has disbursed $10,000 in funds to award scholarships in 2019.

Montana State University, Northern, Havre, Montana

The university operates a statewide Veterans Upward Bound project. They were awarded $800/veteran or six veterans, or $4800 in the form of scholarships in academic year 2019-2020. The “bridge funding” serves as a head start for them to enroll at a community college of their choice. In addition, the VUB project will use the additional $2500 award for the Math Tutoring Program at their Technical College.

Rusty Findley, USAF, Lt. Gen. (Ret.), Vice Chairman of the Board, S.E.E.4VETS presented the $7300 check to Greg Kegel, Chancellor, Montana State University, Northern

Mohave Community College, Kingman, AZ

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.

Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, NV

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.

Glendale Community College, Glendale, AZ

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.