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Beck PRIDE Center receives $1.6
million from federal government appropriations
The Beck PRIDE Center for America’s Wounded Veterans at
Arkansas State University has received a $1.6 million appropriation from
the federal government through the extraordinary efforts of Arkansas
Congressman Marion Berry and his staff, other members of the Arkansas
Congressional delegation, and bill sponsor Congressman John Murtha of
The funding comes from the Department of Defense Appropriations Act,
H.R. 3326, allocated for 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.
Congressman Berry and Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor are members of the
Senate and House Appropriations Committees, which allowed them the
opportunity to help formulate the bill. President Barack Obama signed
the legislation into law after it was passed by Congress shortly before
“We are delighted with the appropriation and thank our congressional
officers and staff for enabling efforts to serve our veterans,” said Dr.
Susan Hanrahan, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions.
“The Beck PRIDE Center is an exemplary program.”
PRIDE Center is housed within the College of Nursing and Health
Professions and is located in the new Donald W. Reynolds Center for
Health Sciences on the ASU-Jonesboro campus.
“We are thrilled about receiving the appropriation,” said Susan Tonymon,
director of the Beck PRIDE Center and an appointee by Gov. Mike Beebe to
the Arkansas Yellow Ribbon Task Force, which helps to foster Arkansas
programs and services for veterans. “This funding will aid in expanding
our program and the development of materials which provide assistance
for the growing number of veterans and family members in our program.
It’s going to be a tremendous help to our work at the Beck PRIDE Center.
“While advances in vehicles, personal armor, and medical care have saved
numerous lives on the battlefield, we are still faced with a staggering
number of men and women who have sustained serious debilitating wounds
and psychological injuries as a result of combat. This funding provides
tremendous assistance in intensifying our efforts.”
The Beck PRIDE Center’s mission includes providing combat
wounded veterans and their families with educational programs and
services at Arkansas State, including counseling, personal
rehabilitation, financial assistance, and career planning and
enhancement. PRIDE is an acronym for Personal Rehabilitation, Individual
Development and Education.
addition to several private grants already made to the program, this
substantial appropriation will allow the Beck PRIDE Center to serve
significantly more than the approximately 80 wounded veterans and their
families now in the program and will also assist in expanding its
geographical scope to other universities and states,” said ASU
Chancellor Robert L. Potts. “We are deeply grateful to Congressman
Berry, and Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor for their outstanding
support for this and other appropriations to ASU.”
“Congress must do everything in its power to ensure our troops have the
tools they need before they leave, on the battlefield, and when they
return home,” Congressman Berry said.
The center was
made possible through the generosity of Buddy and Charlotte
Beck, alumni of
ASU who reside in Fairfax Station, Va. The Becks originally presented
the university with $1 million in 2008 to initiate the program, and they
had a vision that other funds would flow to the program in order to
sustain and expand it.
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