JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 program received thousands of dollars Friday to help wounded veterans find work.
The Beck PRIDE Center for America's Wounded Veterans received a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation.
According to a news release from Arkansas State University, "the grant will support capacity building for direct service or to facilitate the following: career testing, career counseling and advisement (career coach), resume writing/interviewing skills, small business development, identification of specialization credentials that would improve marketability and employer recruitment/graduate placement."
The goal, according to the release, is to "increase the number of disabled student-veterans and place 100 percent of them into 'best-fit' occupations."
The Beck PRIDE Center will use the grant to identify 25 new employer partners to work with student-veterans to support their leadership and development skills.
The Beck PRIDE (Personal Rehabilitation, Individual Development and Education) Center began in 2007 to provide combat-wounded veterans a program of rehabilitation, social re-integration and education in a university environment, and prepare wounded soldiers for post-service careers.
The program offers resource support for the veterans and their families for issues including accessing the higher-education experience, mental-health counseling, physical rehabilitation, advocacy, benefits/financial assistance, career/vocational development and support achievement of post-military service goals.
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