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McDaniel presents check to Beck
PRIDE Center for America's Wounded Veterans
October 27, 2010
-- Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel was on the Arkansas State
University campus Wednesday afternoon to present a check for $33,749 to
school officials at the Beck PRIDE Center for America’s Wounded
(From left) Director of Beck PRIDE Center for America's Wounded
Veterans Susan Tonymon; Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel; Dean
of the College of Nursing and Health Professions Dr. Susan Hanrahan;
Col. (Ret.) Jerry Bowen, founding member of the Beck PRIDE Center
National Advisory Council.
The money will help the center to continue its mission to provide
specialized personal rehabilitation and education services to injured
military service members returning from combat deployments to Iraq and
Afghanistan, reach out to a greater number of veterans and increase
services to family members.
The check was presented to Susan Tonymon, director of the Beck PRIDE
Center. Interim ASU System President Dr. Robert Potts, interim
Chancellor Dr. Dan Howard, interim Provost Dr. Glen Jones, dean of the
College of Nursing and Health Professions Dr. Susan Hanrahan and Col.
(Ret.) Jerry Bowen, a founding member of the Beck PRIDE Center National
Advisory Council, were in attendance.
The funds are the result of a settlement entered into by McDaniel’s
office of a consumer protection lawsuit that was filed against American
Veterans Coalition. In December of 2007, McDaniel filed suit against the
Washington-based American’s Coalition, claiming that it had deceived
Arkansas residents during solicitations for donations.
McDaniel alleged that less than one percent of the donations raised were
actually used to support veterans and “not one dime” had been given to
Arkansas veterans. The $33,749 represents the total amount of money
donated by Arkansas residents.
“We are glad that through our efforts, we were able to fulfill the
desires of Arkansans who donated to this organization, and that we can
continue to support those who have given so much to defend our country,”
McDaniel went on to say how proud he was to be able to reward the work
of the Beck PRIDE Center. Several ASU students who are veterans of
service time in Iraq and Afghanistan were on hand for the check
Arkansas State University recently reached a special milestone with its
selection as the 10th best higher education institution in
the United States and the only one in Arkansas for military veterans by
Military Times EDGE magazine.
The Beck PRIDE Center’s mission is to provide combat wounded veterans
with educational programs and services at Arkansas State, including
counseling, personal rehabilitation, financial assistance and have
access to higher education. PRIDE is an acronym for Personal
Rehabilitation, Individual Development and Education.
Beck PRIDE Center participants are active duty or discharged military
service members and include active and reserve personnel in the Army,
Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force as well as National Guard personnel in
the Army and Air Force. Currently, there are 108 participants enrolled.
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