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Beck PRIDE Center Receives Funding From Attorney General McDaniel


Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has announced the Beck PRIDE Center for America’s Wounded Veterans at Arkansas State University has received a distribution of settlement funds under Act 763 of 2013.

The Beck PRIDE Center received $15,000 that will be used to support the needs of the veterans in the program in the areas of personal rehabilitation, individual development or education. The Attorney General’s office often gives settlement monies to non-profit organizations whose constituents may have been adversely affected.

“We always feel so fortunate when we have additional funding to support our veterans and their needs,” said Dr. Susan Hanrahan, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions. “The Attorney General has been generous with Arkansas settlement funds and we are grateful that our Beck PRIDE Center for America’s Wounded Veterans has been a designated recipient.”

Two weeks ago, McDaniel presented a check for $100,000 to A-State’s College of Engineering, saying, "The law allows for reallocation of resources gained in legal actions for the people of Arkansas, and these funds were the result of consumer practices fines in our settlement with a major pharmaceutical firm.”

The center received a check for $33,749 from McDaniel in 2010 as the result of a settlement entered into by McDaniel’s office of a consumer protection lawsuit that was filed against American Veterans Coalition.

In November 2014, “Military Times” listed Arkansas State for the sixth consecutive time among the top universities in “2015 Best for Vets Colleges.” Services offered through A-State’s Beck PRIDE Center was a major factor contributing to the ranking.

The Beck PRIDE Center’s mission is to provide combat wounded veterans with educational programs and services at Arkansas State, including counseling, personal rehabilitation, financial assistance and have access to higher education. PRIDE is an acronym for Personal Rehabilitation, Individual Development and Education.

DAV Charitable Service Trust Grant to Aid A-State's Beck PRIDE Center Veterans


Arkansas State University’s Beck PRIDE Center for America’s Wounded Veterans has been awarded a grant for $60,000 by the DAV Charitable Service Trust. The grant will provide counseling, advocacy and educational programming for veterans at Arkansas State.

Dr. Susan Hanrahan, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was notified of the funding by the chairman of the Charitable Service Trust Richard E. Marbes.

“We are so appreciative of the support of the DAV Charitable Services Trust,” Hanrahan said. “This gift will provide an opportunity to extend our work with the student veterans and their families especially in the areas of psychoeducational programming, tutoring and counseling. Beck PRIDE services to date have impacted over 500 student veterans and their families. The DAV is making such a difference in the lives of veterans nationwide.”

The charitable service trust is a nonprofit charitable organization that relies upon contributions from the American public to support the grants. The DAV Charitable Service Trust was established in 1986 by the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) national organization to advance initiatives that might not fit easily into the scheme of what is traditionally offered through the Department of Veteran Affairs, state veterans’ programs or veterans’ service organizations.

“This is exactly the kind of program that the trust is designed to support,” said Marbes. “Programs at the local level perform an incredibly important function for veterans, and I know Beck PRIDE will continue providing veterans the opportunity to heal as they work toward building successful civilian lives.”

The sole mission of the charitable trust fund is to ensure veterans get all of the care, rehabilitation and services needed when they suffer the often-severe physical and mental effects of military service. The organization is dedicated to enabling veterans to transition back into civilian life to lead quality lives with dignity and respect.

The Beck PRIDE Center for America’s Wounded Veterans was conceived, conceptualized and funded by the Buddy G. and Charlotte Beck family of Fairfax Station, Va., and opened on the A-State campus in 2007. Housed in the Donald W. Reynolds Center, the program is a part of the College of Nursing and Health Professions. The word PRIDE is an acronym for “Personal Rehabilitation, Individual Development and Education.”

The program’s mission 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 and supporting these individuals to achieve their post-military service goals.

The center at Arkansas State is the recipient of various honors including the Newman’s Own/Fisher House award as one of the top 10-U.S. non-profit organizations providing innovative service to American military families, high rankings in Military Times’ “Best for Vets at U.S. Colleges,” listing as one of the “Top 100 Military Friendly Education Institutions” for the years 2009-14.

Veterans Van Service - Free Transportation to VA Memphis Hospital:

Tuesdays thru Fridays the Disabled American Veterans Jonesboro Chapter 26 provides FREE transportation for military veterans to and from the Veterans Administration Hospital in Memphis, TN. The service is not available on Federal holidays. For more information contact the Craighead County Veterans Service Office (CCVSO) at (870) 933-4598 or Email: veterans@craigheacounty.org

  • Veterans must be ambulatory.
  • Caregivers must present a letter from patient's physician stating that a caregiver is required.
  • The DAV van is not wheelchair accessible and wheelchairs cannot be transported. (Canes and walkers are allowed.)
  • The DAV driver and Veterans Administration are not responsible for any articles left on the van.
  • Smoking is not permitted on the DAV van or within 25 feet of the vehicle.
  • Additional DAV Van Drivers are needed. Contact the CCSVO to volunteer.

VA Van Service Schedule

Tuesday through Friday


Stadium Blvd & Highland Ave.
Turtle Creek Mall - Target


U.S. Hwy 63, Exit 29
Shell “C” Store
6:50 AM


U.S. Hwy 63, Exit 12
McDonald's Restaurant
7:20 AM


VA Hospital Memphis, TN
8:00 AM

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