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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.



Phoenix, AZ American Express – Serve2Gether Program
The Serve2Gether program, where “volunteer grants”, based on employee’s recorded volunteer hours, are issued to a qualified non-profit, 501 (c) (3) organization. Ed Besta, USAF, Major (Ret), S.E.E.4VETS Board member, and American Express employee, has worked diligently to get approval to qualify S.E.E.4VETS for volunteer grant funds. Approval came summer of 2017. Further, David Packman, a Sever2Gether volunteer, has gone “above and beyond” in dedication, leadership and innovation. S.E.E.4VETS congratulates him on receiving the 2019 American Express Blue Award.



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.



Flagstaff, AZ S.E.E.4VETS Veterans Legacy Endowment Fund
S.E.E.4VETS established an S.E.E.4VETS Veterans Legacy Endowment Fund at Coconino Community College on September 7, 2018. After the Foundation breakfast, the $15,000 check was presented to the Foundation leadership and Dr. Colleen A. Smith, President of Coconino Community College (seated).



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.