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1 ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY College of Nursing & Health Professions Jonesboro, Arkansas For America’s Wounded Veterans TM “A Model Approach for Serving Veterans with Disabilities in Higher Education”


3 One veteran’s perspective: “Wounded” vs. “Disabled”

4 Student-vets face: a new role environment To succeed they must : Adapt Improvise overcome disabilities.

5 What the program does is in our name… “P.R.I.D.E.” Beck PRIDE Center for America's Wounded Veterans

6 “To provide combat wounded veterans with resources for personal rehabilitation, counseling, advocacy, financial assistance, access to the higher education experience and socialization.” “To provide first class educational programs and services at Arkansas State University; supporting these individuals to achieve their post military service goals.” Beck PRIDE Center for America's Wounded Veterans



9 Physical Wounds Emotional Mental Health Injuries Beck PRIDE Center for America's Wounded Veterans

10 You may be permanently changed by a traumatizing experience, but you do not have to be permanently “damaged”. Roger P. Buck, Ph.D

11 The PRIDE program is designed for U.S. military personnel (active duty or discharged) serving during present day conflicts. Veterans injured while in combat service Those in need of rehabilitation, career counseling and educational attainment. Beck PRIDE Center for America's Wounded Veterans

12 Provide services to supplement (not duplicate) veterans’ eligible government benefits Fill service gaps where they exist Beck PRIDE Center for America's Wounded Veterans

13 College of Nursing & Health Professions Donald W. Reynolds Center For Health Sciences PRIDE C ENTER “D AY R OOM ” BECK PRIDE CENTER For America’s Wounded Veterans TM


15 Social Services & Public Assistance Legal Medical Mentoring & Socialization Financial Mental Health Education Veterans Benefits Veteran Orgs Employment Rehabilitative Services Beck PRIDE Center for America's Wounded Veterans

16 GI Bill Benefits, Scholarships, Grants, Financial Aid Programs Career Testing & other testing services Military experience credit Advising Priority Registration Disability Accommodations Center based- testing proctors, group & individualized tutoring math modification Night, online & distance-learning VA & ASU Work Study Advocacy & Mentoring VA Vocational Rehabilitation Campus Peer/Socialization Opportunities On/Off Campus Disability Housing & Transportation And more… Education Assistance

17 Beck PRIDE Center for America's Wounded Veterans Mike Beebe, Governor of Arkansas Arkansas State University Alumni

18 Physical Therapy Speech Language Therapy Occupational Therapy Medications Assistance Program Referrals Nutritional Assessment Rehabilitation Counseling And more… Beck PRIDE Center for America's Wounded Veterans Personal Rehabilitation Services

19 The Beck PRIDE Center offers : Physical training & therapeutic services on campus Flexible scheduling- therapy sessions before, between classes or after classes. Assistance to/from on campus facilities via golf cart service. Gas cards for participants with VA hospital appointments (=/>65 miles away) Connection to national vet rehabilitative resources: therapy/service dogs, medical equipment, adaptive housing and much more. View

20 Vet Center Services on ASU Campus (Partnership with the VA-Vet Center Memphis, TN) Veteran’s Support Group “Family Deployment Forum” AR NG PTSD, Anger Management, Marriage, Grief Groups & more… Psychoeducation groups Resource center State / National Mental Health resources locator “Give an Hour “ participating provider Conduct civilian provider education programs Beck PRIDE Center for America's Wounded Veterans Mental Health Resources Harvey Reed, LMSW (VA Vet Center)

21 Beck PRIDE Center for America's Wounded Veterans Beck PRIDE Center pays for outpatient counseling services to support the veteran’s family system: Service Member Spouse or S/O Parent(s) Children Caregivers Widow/Widowers Mental Health & Substance Abuse Referrals & Services

22 Veteran’s Benefits & Service Organizations Employment Services Financial Services Public Assistance Court Advocacy Dependent Care Opportunities for Socialization Peer Support Other Community Based Social Services Community Resources Information/ Referrals

23 Employment Services & Small Business Administration Partnership  Veteran-entrepreneur education & training courses  Arkansas Veterans Resources & Small Business Administration (SBA)  “Veteran’s Preference” resources  “Patriot Express” loan program assistance  Business development: case manager & mentoring services  Marketing, financing, & operations guidance  “Go Green” & Environmentally Sustainable business assistance  ESGR – USERRA referrals  Resume assistance & more… Beck PRIDE Center for America's Wounded Veterans

24 Provides “One-Stop” services for injured combat veteran and/or family member(s). Assess veterans’ needs Screen for gaps & voided needs/services Research resources Provide referrals Coordinate referrals Coordinate referrals to reduce duplication, supplement existing benefits & maximize efficiency. Advocate & Mentor Liaison between the veteran & university & other organizations providing assistance/or services Monitor participant progress & program effectiveness

25 IV. Completion Graduation & Transition III. Educational, Physical, Emotional & Social Development II. Enrollment, Admission, Advocacy & Accommodation I. Pre-enrollment Assessment, Rehabilitation & Reintegration Beck PRIDE Center for America's Wounded Veterans

26 Veterans’ Benefits Veteran Service Organizations Disability assistance Social Security Specialized Rehabilitation Programs Public assistance programs Military assistance programs Employment assistance programs Transitional Housing Assistance Legal/Court Advocacy Social & Leisure programs And more… PRIDE Center Enrollment Verifications: DD214 (military combat service) and injury/disability and program eligibility Preparation for Higher Education Begins… Assessment of educational attainment & education/career goals Physical Therapy Speech/Hearing Therapy Occupational Therapy Mental Health Counseling Rehabilitation Counseling Support Group Substance Abuse Treatment referrals Medication Assistance Prosthetics/orthotics Medical referrals Other specialized rehabilitation I. Pre-enrollment Assessment Rehabilitation and Reintegration Intake Assessment Social Services Personal Rehabilitation Services

27 Placement (Evaluation for Remediation/accommodation) ACT & COMPASS Testing/Evaluation Un-decided Major(s): General Education schedule (Helpful for combat veterans with no college- 1 st semester) Military Training/Course credit ASU Veterans’ financial aid officer VA Voc-Rehabilitation ASU Veterans Registrar GI Bill programs State Voc-Rehab Services National Guard/Reserve Tuition Assistance Program Sigma Pi/Governor Mike Beebe Wounded Veterans’ Scholarship Other Scholarships Phase II. Enrollment, Admission Advocacy and Accommodation Disability Housing Accommodations On Campus Off campus Career Testing Advising Work study & part time jobs Resume assistance Advising Career Services Housing Financial Education Issues

28 Beck PRIDE Center Services Priority Registration Assistance Course Substitution (Math) Remediation Tutoring services “Boots to Books” Proctor/Exam Testing Liaison and Advocacy services Peer Mentors Individual Employment Planning Training/Classroom adaptive equipment “Combat to College” orientation “(R&R) Rest and Relaxation” Mid-week check-ins Vet Center Combat Vet support group, weekly “Conquer College” workshops Social Work services Business/career development services Socials Cultural enrichment Family support services Family social events “Fitness Challenge” wellness programs Community service projects Awards Banquet BECK PRIDE CENTER STAFF CONNECTS STUDENT-VETERANS WITH ON-CAMPUS PROGRAMS / SUPPORT SERVICES Disability Services evaluation and plan 1 st Year Programs enrollment Student Support Services Non-traditional Student Services Arkansas Student Veteran Organization Other campus organizations & community groups PHASE III. Educational, Physical, Emotional and Social Development Integrating with Campus Connections Beck PRIDE Center Services

29 Rehabilitation support Educational support And… Additional Services and Opportunities Socialization opportunities Career/Employment Planning Small Business Development & Technical Center Veteran’s liaison/mentor Liaison with military & civilian employment organizations/services Vocational & career development services And more… Beck PRIDE Center for America's Wounded Veterans Beck PRIDE Center Services are delivered throughout the veteran’s higher education experience… PHASE IV. Completion Graduation & Transition Planning

30 F OR IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR MILITARY FAMILIES American Council on Education (ACE) & Wal-Mart Foundation $100,000 award recipient “Above & Beyond Award” Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve “ Top 10 Rated Military Friendly College” “ Top 10 Rated Military Friendly College” A WARDS 2011 ‘Minute Man Award” AR National Guard 2014 DAV $60,000 award recipient 2014 Arkansas Community Development Society $5,000 award recipient

31 Grants/Gifts The Buddy G. Beck Family Foundation Wal-Mart Foundation Disabled American Veterans Trust (DAV) Fisher House Foundation/Newman’s Own, Inc. Individual/Private donors Federal Funding 2010 Congressional Appropriation/Dept. of Defense In-kind Services Arkansas State University Community Mental Health Center Community & Faith Based Organizations Veterans Services Organizations Veterans of Foreign Wars Military Officers Association of America Scholarship Program Fund Sigma Pi Fraternity National Education Foundation

32 "... to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan. To do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves and with all nations." - Abraham Lincoln

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