TUCSON (KVOA) - According to Support Education and Employment for Vets (S.E.E.4VETS), veterans have become part of the massive unemployment crisis. In Tucson, student veterans have not escaped becoming jobless.
In a news release Monday, S.E.E.4VETS said these veterans usually hold entry-level jobs and struggle financially while attending school. That's why when the COVID-19 pandemic began it launched a program to help student veterans in dire financial need. The Emergency Financial Relief program funds offset some of the everyday living expenses such as food, rent, repairs and utilities.
S.E.E.4VETS said it could not have launched the program if not for generous supporters such as the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona and Military Order of the Purple Hearts, Tucson chapter. With more than $7500 on hand, the organization has helped nearly 15 deserving student veterans so far.
"The S.E.E.4VETS contribution made a big difference in the lives of many of our student veterans and their families… direct support have kept our student veterans in their homes, kept food on the table, and/or kept our student veterans in school," Hector J. Acosta, LTC (R), U.S. Army, Director Military and Veteran Services at Pima Community College said.
S.E.E.4VETS is a non-profit, veteran organization helping veterans at the community college level. The organization collaborates with community colleges in shaping and implementing programs that tend to inspire confidence in student veterans to “persist and advance” in their studies.
Funds granted to these colleges facilitate and sustain veteran-centric academic and non-academic support programs.
To date, S.E.E.4VETS has disbursed more than $300,000 in six years and has assisted more the 1,800 student veterans.