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Beck PRIDE Center receives surprise donation from
local Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter
October 8, 2009 – In a surprise move,
Arkansas State University’s Beck PRIDE Center for America’s Wounded
Veterans was the recipient of a special donation during Thursday
afternoon’s open house at the center’s new home in the Donald W.
Reynolds Center for Health Sciences.
Beck PRIDE Center director Susan Tonymon was paying tribute to the
Veterans of Foreign Wars for the organization’s support and service to
the center by presenting a certificate to veteran representative Sid
Mize of the Jonesboro Chapter 1991. Mize turned the tables by presenting
a check for $2,000 to a surprised Tonymon.
“Thank you so much,” said Tonymon. “This is a wonderful surprise
gesture, and I promise you that this money will go toward helping the
veterans and their needs in the Beck PRIDE Center.”
Susan Tonymon, director of the Beck PRIDE
Center for America’s Wounded Veterans at Arkansas State University,
accepts a check for $2,000 from Sid Mize of the Veterans of Foreign
Wars, Jonesboro Chapter 1991.
The open house was held to celebrate
the new home of the Beck PRIDE Center which is now located on the first
floor of the Reynolds Center.
Beck PRIDE opened in 2007 and has served more than 135 active duty or
discharged service members and their families of all branches of
military service from across the United States. “PRIDE” is an acronym for Personal Rehabilitation,
Individual Development and Education. The program is now housed in the
new Reynolds Center which was officially dedicated Sept. 25.
Arkansas State University is a military-friendly institution which
offers comprehensive higher education programs and degrees that directly
support veterans. The school also has an active ROTC program and houses
the 875th Arkansas National Guard Armory.
The center was selected as a recipient of the prestigious 10th
annual Newman’s Own Award Sept. 10. ASU Chancellor Robert L. Potts
accepted the $5,000 award at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., as awards
totaling $75,000 were presented to 11 volunteer organizations for their
innovative programs to improve military quality of life.
The mission of the Beck PRIDE Center is: ‘To provide combat wounded
veterans with first class educational programs and services at Arkansas
State University. These include, but are not limited to: resources to
access to the higher education experience, resources for counseling,
personal rehabilitation, advocacy, and financial assistance. We are
dedicated to helping these individuals to achieve their post military