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“A Model Approach for Serving Veterans with Disabilities in Higher Education”. ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY College of Nursing & Health Professions Jonesboro, Arkansas. BECK PRIDE CENTER. For America’s Wounded Veterans TM. Revised December 2012. October 2007: Beck PRIDE Center

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arkansas state university college of nursing health professions jonesboro arkansas

“A Model Approach for Serving Veterans with Disabilities in Higher Education”

ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY

College of Nursing & Health Professions

Jonesboro, Arkansas

BECKPRIDECENTER

For America’s Wounded Veterans TM

Revised December 2012

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October 2007: Beck PRIDE Center

for America’s Wounded Veterans opens.

Concept & initial funding by the Buddy G. Beck Family.

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Coming Home:

Life, Rehab, Work, Learning…

  • Student-vets face:
  • a new role
  • environment
  • To succeed they must :
  • Adapt
  • Improvise
  • overcome disabilities.
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What the program does is in our name…

“P.R.I.D.E.”

Beck PRIDE Center for America's Wounded Veterans

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Our Mission…

“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

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“How do injured combat service members get to the Beck PRIDE

Center for America’s Wounded Veterans?”

Beck PRIDE Center for America's Wounded Veterans

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“What is considered an injury ?”

Physical Wounds

Emotional

Mental Health Injuries

Beck PRIDE Center for America's Wounded Veterans

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

  • 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

beck pride center services are designed to
Beck PRIDE Center services are designed to…
  • Provide services to supplement(not duplicate) veterans’ eligible government benefits
  • Fill service gaps where they exist

Beck PRIDE Center for America's Wounded Veterans

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BECKPRIDE CENTER

For America’s Wounded Veterans TM

College of Nursing & Health Professions

Donald W. Reynolds Center

For Health Sciences

PRIDE Center “Day Room”

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EDUCATION

ASSISTANCE

PERSONAL

REHABILITATION

SERVICES

MENTAL HEALTH

COUNSELING

SOCIAL

SERVICES &

COMMUNITY

REFERRALS

CAREER &

BUSINESS

PLANNING

MENTORING, SOCIALIZATION

& MORE…

Beck PRIDE Center for America's Wounded Veterans

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Vet-participants (& families) receive

referrals & comprehensive physical,

psychosocial & educational

services based on the individual

wounded veteran’s need…

Rehabilitative

Services

Mental

Health

Education

Employment

Veterans

Benefits

Veteran

Orgs

Medical

Social Services

& Public

Assistance

Financial

Legal

Mentoring

& Socialization

Beck PRIDE Center for America's Wounded Veterans

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Education Assistance

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…

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Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe Scholarship for Wounded Veterans

Mike Beebe, Governor of Arkansas

Arkansas State University Alumni

Beck PRIDE Center for America's Wounded Veterans

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“Boots to Books” Grants

Up to $500 per semester

  • Resource for student-veterans or dependents in a financial “gap” period
  • For textbooks and related school supplies
  • Program supported by donations from individual & military service organizations, faith based and community groups
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Personal Rehabilitation

Services

  • 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

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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.

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Mental Health Resources

Harvey Reed, LMSW

(VA Vet Center)

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

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Mental Health & Substance Abuse

Referrals & Services

  • 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

Beck PRIDE Center for America's Wounded Veterans

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Community Resources Information/ Referrals

  • 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

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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

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Staff Role

Provides “One-Stop” services for injured combat veteran and/or family member(s).

Beck PRIDE Center for America's Wounded Veterans

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IV.

  • Completion
  • Graduation &
  • Transition

Participant

Progress

Model

  • 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

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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

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…

  • 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
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Placement (Evaluation for Remediation/accommodation)

ACT & COMPASS Testing/Evaluation

Un-decided Major(s): General Education schedule (Helpful for combat veterans with no college- 1st semester)

Military Training/Course credit

  • Career Testing
  • Advising
  • Work study & part time jobs
  • Resume assistance
  • 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
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Beck PRIDE Center Staff connects Student-veterans with On-Campus Programs / SUPPORT Services

  • Disability Services evaluation and plan
  • 1st Year Programs enrollment
  • Student Support Services
  • Non-traditional Student Services
  • Arkansas Student Veteran Organization
  • Other campus organizations & community groups

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

  • PHASE III.
  • Educational, Physical, Emotional and Social Development
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PHASE IV.

  • Completion
  • Graduation &
  • Transition

Beck PRIDE Center Services are delivered throughout the veteran’s higher education experience…

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

2009 newmans own award recipient

For improving the quality of life for military families

2011

‘Minute Man Award”

AR National Guard

2009 “NEWMANS’ OWN” Award Recipient

“2010-2011 Top 10 Rated Military Friendly College”

Awards

American Council on Education (ACE) &

Wal-Mart Foundation

$100,000 award recipient

“Above & Beyond Award”

Employer Support of the

Guard & Reserve

“2010-2011 Top 10 Rated Military Friendly College”

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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

Financial Support

remember the fallen
REMEMBER THE FALLEN

"... 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